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False positive block of User:Elengul[edit]

Resolved: Admin came back online.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 01:27, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I would really like to unblock a new user and sooner rather than later, who I think was mistakenly blocked by SarekOfVulcan, but obviously I don't want to undo another admin's action without discussion. There's good faith on both sides. This brand new user made what appears to me to have been a good faith request to remove vandalism as their first edit, which was itself misinterpreted by Sarek as blatant vandalism, which the edit could be mistaken for out of context. The misinterpreted "vandalism" edit can be seen at this diff. Everything else is explained at the bottom of SarekOfVulcan's talk page, who unfortunately appears to have gone offline.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 00:43, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

The problem here was that the title he was requesting the move from didn't show up in the page history, so I thought he was pulling a fast one -- I didn't know to check {{Hinduism}}, which is where the vandalism actually happened. I've unblocked and cleared the autoblock: hopefully that will let Elengul edit without problems going forward. Thanks to Fuhghettaboutit for running this down. --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 01:30, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Admin cabalism and spidey holes[edit]

Resolved: Pleasantly dramatic at the beginning, but ultimately yielded nothing but some cute one-liners. Move along... Wknight94 talk 14:19, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

If admins are going to use off-wiki discussions to coordinate and collaborate actions, these activities and discussions should be fair game for discussion on Wiki. Transparency and accountability are critically important. Those who refuse to be trustworthy should be desysoped post haste.

I'd like to offer this thread as a chance for any crooked admins to come clean and acknowledge that they haven't been forthright and have been violating the spirit of our policies and the collaborative and collegial nature of this encyclopedia building effort. Those who refuse to do so should be shown no mercy when their activities are discovered. I encourage those with the knowledge and links to do so to post the content from inappropriate discussions on or off wiki so we can root out the corruption. The double standards and sleazy collusion (while telling good faith contributors to discuss things and abide policy) should end now. ChildofMidnight (talk) 01:11, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

  • Well, I assumed you were talking about IRC. I don't use it (I used to, but frankly the admins channel is dead 99% of the time). Soooo .... what are you talking about? Black Kite 01:16, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I assume it's this. TNXMan 01:23, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I'm assuming that's the main criticism against WP:SPOTLIGHT because of its inherent "off-wiki" live-collaboration. MuZemike 01:26, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I don't know that it's necessary to ban IRC channels, but if they are used there should be no restrictions on posting the logs. What objection is there to the light of day being shown on discussion related to article development work? If there's nothing untoward going on then there's no issue. There shouldn't be any teaming up or coordination for editing advantage, as that would be equivalent to socking and meat puppeteering. If there are any real names involved or issues of real life identites being disclosed then redact those parts. But I expect other editors and admins in particular to be transparent in their activities. ChildofMidnight (talk) 01:38, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I concur with ChildofMidnight. IRC channels and off-wiki mailing lists have been around since the very beginning. Where there is transparency, inclusiveness and openness there should be no problem. Manning (talk) 02:02, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
  • I shot JR. Protonk (talk) 01:29, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I am Spartacus. Kuru talk 02:06, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
seems reasonable. Not sure what the previous comments are meant to add.--Die4Dixie (talk) 02:09, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
They are poking fun at the suggestion for "crooked admins to come clean..." Dallas (TV series) ~ Amory (usertalkcontribs) 02:42, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

EDIT CONFLICT ::In fact, there are a lot of areas on Wikipedia that can only be viewed by administrators, which does lead me to be suspicious of what the administrator's get up to behind closed doors. I have to admit that my trust in the administrators we have now has shrunk so much over the past month or two that I find contributing to the encyclopedia to be a less honorable task as it once was, which has been leading me to contribute less and less. Yes, there are good admins out there, but there also admins who seem to abuse their rights in various ways. I will stop editing if the bad admins out there cannot sort themselves out.--Sky Attacker Here comes the bird! 02:10, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

There seems to be some evidence that Arbcom is willing to be more proactive, so I think that's a good thing. The problem of a workable dispute resolution mechanism for areas of confrontation is also an issue. Arbcom deals (sometimes ineffectively) with behavioral issues, but I've always thought it would be nice have a binding mediation mechanism for content disputes. I believe the issues Russavia is involved in, the issues WMC and SciApologist were caught up in, the disputes over Ireland, and the political feuding could be sorted out if we empaneled a group to consider sourcing and content issues once the existing boards have been exhausted. They wouldn't have to decide every issue, but they could direct and mediate to the appropriate existing venues and make sure article content and sourcing remain the focus so disputes don't deteriorate into bickering. The existing alternative of a time consuming and seemingly endless Arbcom proceeding that only considers editor behavior and not the content seems ridiculous to me. ChildofMidnight (talk) 02:21, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
(edit conflict)"...these activities and discussions should be fair game for discussion on Wiki." And are they not? Any activity is clearly able to be discussed, I don't think anyone can dispute that - this thread is in-of-itself proof of that. There is however an issue with so-called public logging, considering that what people type on IRC is not inherently released under CC-BY-SA 3, and so quoting an IRC conversation of mine here could be construed as a copyright violation. ~ Amory (usertalkcontribs) 02:42, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
(quote)In fact, there are a lot of areas on Wikipedia that can only be viewed by administrators.(end quote from Sky Attacker).
Um... what? I don't know of any pages anywhere in Wikipedia which have restricted viewing. I'm no techie, but I was under the impression that the Mediawiki software doesn't even support that possibility. (By all means correct me if I'm wrong). Manning (talk) 02:32, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
  • A volunteer ambulance worker was being berated for being an hour reaching the scene of a wreck, just before dawn. As the ambulance pulled away (she was too tired to drive the ambulance safely, a deputy Sherrif had to do it, and already late for work), she climbed up on he porch and said: You are all 100% correct! It takes too long when I have to drive from home in the south part of the parish to the north part, get the ambulance out, drive to pick up the only other volunteer EMT at his house because he has no car, then drive to the scene of the emergency. The only other @#$% VOLUNTEER driver is down with the flu (but he made the 1st run tonight so I could sleep a couple of hours). And Friday a new VOLUNTEER EMT class starts up. And you can volunteer, and you can volunteer, and you can volunteer, and YOU can volunteer. And then she climbed in the seat of the deputy's car and went to sleep. Aren't we lucky that Adminship doesn't require expensive weeks of training to be even minimally useful?
  • Clearly the admins need to at least be able to ask one another "Am I hallucinating or did Sinneed just call me an ambulance chaser?" or "God as my witness I hate vandals at 2AM." or, worse "I can't remember rule x, what is it @#$% called?" without people's hair falling out of their collective heads. - Sinneed (talk) 02:37, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I can see deleted pages... are there secret admin pages at Wikipedia that I wasn't invited to? I feel left out. -FisherQueen (talk · contribs) 02:39, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Same here. J.delanoygabsadds 02:44, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Both of you need to contact your admin nominator to get your decoder rings, which allow to access the ADMIN: namespace. Horologium (talk) 02:57, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Horologium - you are clearly suicidal. By telling them about the decoder rings you risk them finding out about the secret "super-admin" permission. Only TCTISSTAEMOW can decide who gets to know about such things and I fear they will be coming to punish you soon. Manning (talk) 03:20, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Jokes aside, there appear to be mailing lists and admin channels. And I've seen pack mentality take place that isn't constructive. Anyway, I mostly wanted to spur discussion. I like the I am Spartacus statement best so far. And we'll see what comes of the Arbcom case just opened. Let's make sure we all look out for one another and keep things collaborative and collegial. The neutral point of view core policy makes clear there are appropriate ways to include diverse viewpoints and opinions. Thanks! ChildofMidnight (talk) 03:24, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I have a hunch that if someone contacted everyone who complained about off-wiki cabals, and offered to organize them all into an off-wiki cabal, most of them would join. Then they could have leaked logs of their very own. Wknight94 talk 04:09, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em! ~ Amory (usertalkcontribs) 04:41, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, lol. Heironymous Rowe (talk) 04:42, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Am I alone in thinking this referred to WP:SPIDER? Because it certainly sounds as if someone needs a ladder to come down off the Reichstag. Guy (Help!) 12:41, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
    • No. Also, what admin action is needed here? None that I can see. → ROUX  14:07, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Are you now or have you ever been a member of the communist party? Please fess up now. It will only go worse on you if you don't. Syrthiss (talk) 14:12, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Indeed it looks very much like a communist conspiracy. As we speak they are trying to go after the whistle blowers who uncovered the wrongdoing (related to article content having to do with Russia). Perhaps those who disclosed the impropriety will be quietly sent to the gulag. The Supreme Democratic Committee of Administrators should never be questioned. And outing their indiscretions is a high crime that threatens the foundations of this Federation of States that is Wikitopia. ChildofMidnight (talk) 16:52, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Copyright violation.[edit]

I am concerned that this is a clear violation of the owner's rights to the image. It appeared on the page of the subject and has now been removed. Could it be speedily deleted? File:091009 Wilson.jpg .--Die4Dixie (talk) 02:04, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

  • You could tag it w/ the appropriate tag. Protonk (talk) 02:08, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I did , and it was changed.--Die4Dixie (talk) 02:10, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
There is a fair use rationale for File:091009 Wilson.jpg, and it is disputed. Unless fait use can be justified it will be deleted after 24 Sept, as the page says. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 02:12, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Well it had a FU claim (however vacant the justification) so F9 didn't apply. Protonk (talk) 02:14, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
  • A note. When linking a category or file do like [[:File:File name.jpg]] with the colon right before the file. Otherwise it adds the category or transcludes the image. Protonk (talk) 02:15, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
What the...?? I did that. How come it didn't work? ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 02:19, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I will contact the owner tomorrow and see how convincing they feel the argument is.--Die4Dixie (talk) 02:17, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
What owner? Protonk (talk) 02:18, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
That of the image.--Die4Dixie (talk) 02:20, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Three things. The AP has a ...unique...interpretation of fair use that isn't consonant w/ US Law. And wikipedia's "Fair use" guidelines are deliberately much more strict than US Law requires (because we want to actively promote free content as a substitute). And I strongly suggest you simply deal with this through the normal image deletion policies rather than bringing in third parties. Protonk (talk) 02:24, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
That sounds omnious. I would think the owner ( Chip or the AFP, if chip didn't retain rights) would be primaries, rather than third parties--Die4Dixie (talk) 02:29, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Ah, misread it. AFP not AP. Regardless. Please just use the normal deletion channels. Protonk (talk) 02:33, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Actually, I'm now really curious as to what their position will be. Curiosity killed the cat.--Die4Dixie (talk) 02:35, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Do whatever you like. I suspect the answer will be rather mundane. Protonk (talk) 02:47, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Oh, I broke it in the edit conflict, I think. Protonk (talk) 02:26, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I nominated if for deletion through our files for deletion process. Protonk (talk) 03:52, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

TY. I never could figure out where and how to do it.--Die4Dixie (talk) 04:55, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

From the open-mouthed look, resembling a codfish, Wilson appears to be suffering from a bug that a lot of Republicans caught this past year - the dreaded disease called "disenfranchisement", colloquially known as "the outs". Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots 04:45, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

  • Lol. Inc. complaining about BLP. ;) Protonk (talk) 05:33, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
All this fuss over a picture taken at a bingo parlor? -- Atama 07:09, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
One curious thing is that someone got a nice, clear photo from a supposedly spontaneous outburst. You don't suppose this could have been an orchestrated event, do you? GASP! Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots 13:19, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Doubt it -- I'm sure there were cameras all over the place watching the "audience" to get reaction shots, and this one happened to be in the right place at the right time. --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 13:39, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Guitarherochristopher, again[edit]

Resolved: user blocked (vandalism) for 72 hours Manning (talk) 05:49, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Greetings. Once again, I'm here to report Guitarherochristopher (talk · contribs). I reported him ten days ago, but the report seemed to get brushed aside (see Archive). Well he's still being non-responsive and adding nonsensical and/or false information. But also of note is a new-found knack for profanity [1] [2] Deserted Cities (talk) 04:58, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Pretty clear-cut vandalism. User blocked for 72 hours (this is the user's first block). Manning (talk) 05:49, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Thanks Deserted Cities (talk) 05:52, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
No worries. All part of the service. :) Manning (talk) 06:01, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

BOT at an IP address[edit]

Noticed this on a friend's talk page. It is obvious the BOT has signed out and it still working. Not sure if it should be blocked until it signs back in or what the procedure for these things is, but I thought I would bring it everyone's attention. - NeutralHomerTalk • 06:21, 18 September 2009 (UTC)


I reverted an edit yesterday by this user to Automatic double tracking, which asserted that ADT was "the same thing American engineers had been doing for ten years", and inserted the word "supposedly" into the statement that ADT was developed at Abbey Road Studios. This editor offered no proof of his claims, or documentation to back them up. Not long after, he inserted WP:OR and "synthesis of data" tags onto the same page, asking for references, and left a comment on the article's talk page. I provided the references he requested (happened to have time off work, and the book handy), removed the tags (since there was now documentation), and pointed out that he still hadn't provided any similar grounds for his own claims. (He says he wants "neutrality" for the article, against "worshipers of Beatlemania and Abbey Road"; while I can sympathize with the latter, "supposedly" is hardly a neutral word... it's more of a weasel word, and his general tone is hardly "neutral".)

I just logged in, to find a WP:CIVIL message (my first, in almost five years editing on here) on my talk page from him (and about my edit summary, of all things), and "unverified" tags on each and every header of the ADT article; far more than is called for in such a situation. (Somebody wants to edit-war, and it's not me.) I went to leave a reply at his own talk page... and discovered it was blank, and that he regularly erases messages, warnings, etc., from other editors. Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black, from here... and life's too short for me to keep dealing with such people. Zephyrad (talk) 08:31, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I don't see the wp:CIVIL violation. I myself have been guilty of the over-flagging thing, and have learned to avoid it...I hope. I did add a {{refimprove}} article flag. There are large chunks of text (entire sections) that are entirely unsourced. - Sinneed (talk) 09:45, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Editor adopting username very similar to mine to spamlink with[edit]

Resolved: blocked. -- Ed (Edgar181) 11:53, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I have in the past removed linkspam from a set of articles, and reported the spammers, who have been indefblocked, one as a suspected sockpuppet. E.g. Wikipedik (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log), BennyObama (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log). Just noticed a new editor called Struway22 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log), i.e. my username with an additional '2' on the end, adding the same linkspam to some of those articles. Don't know if this breaches the username policy, or whether I should just be flattered they've remembered me, but thought I'd mention it. cheers, Struway2 (talk) 11:44, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

The account was obviously created for purely disruptive purposes, so I have blocked the account. -- Ed (Edgar181) 11:53, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Fair Use Images on User Pages[edit]

Is Fair Use Image Bot dead, because I see many user pages with fair use images. See this for example. miranda 15:55, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

FairuseBot (talk · contribs) hasn't edited since March. Is that the bot you were thinking of? --ThaddeusB (talk) 16:07, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Yes. But I do see a lot of fair use images on user's pages. I think people should start manually removing them per FURG since the bot is not working. miranda 16:39, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Looks like it is down indefinitely due to some changes in the MediaWiki software. See also User_talk:Carnildo#FairuseBot. --ThaddeusB (talk) 16:56, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Brandon runs a removal bot. I also have a report at Tools:~betacommand/NFCC9.html that lists the issues. βcommand 18:03, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Note that Brandon's bot does not remove non-free content from the template space. That has to be done manually. J Milburn (talk) 20:06, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
FairuseBot doesn't handle images in userspace -- it's simply not a fight I want to get involved in. The closest the bot comes to it is that if it finds a non-free image that's used only on a userpage, it will mark the image for deletion as unused. --Carnildo (talk) 22:18, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
What happened to the bot which places a big C on copyrighted images in userspace? Can't someone make a clone of that bot to deal with the userspace issues? miranda 17:57, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Blocked user User:Rejace3836 back as User:Jigkiller3836[edit]

Resolved: Blocked by User:Luna Santin. Evil saltine (talk) 17:42, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Rejace3836 was blocked for being a vandalism only account. She claims to be an actor by the name of Jalen Carter [3], and takes an interest in horror films, specifically Saw VI. There were blocked after several vandal edits, including personal attacks. It appears that they are back as Jigkiller3836, first creating a page for Saw VII [4] then creating an article about Jalen Carter, and now posting at the Saw VI talk page. Thus far they have not done anything as bad as they did under their previous account, however they are evading a block. After three years I'm still not up on the ins and outs of a block but I was always lead to believe that block evading is a blockable offence, however innocuous the new edits are. If someone could let me know what the lay of the land is, or warn the new version of Rejace3836 I would appreciate it. Darrenhusted (talk) 15:19, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Indeed. I've blocked Jigkiller3836 and suggested they request unblock as Rejace3836 if they'd like to continue editing. – Luna Santin (talk) 16:25, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

To the extreme[edit]

Resolved: Blocked by User:MuZemike per Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/By78. Evil saltine (talk) 17:41, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Administrators, the activities of By78 is getting intolerable. He is going and vandalizing the pages. Please take action.Bcs09 (talk) 17:09, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

As far as I can tell, this seems to be referring to a dispute on Fast Attack Craft (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)? A little more context would be helpful. Looks like there's been some reverting back and forth, maybe three or four in the last three days, but people are at least talking to each other via edit summary. – Luna Santin (talk) 17:25, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Looks like it's over which pictures to use. Evil saltine (talk) 17:31, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Yeah... following up a bit, I've notified By78 of this discussion, and noticed Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/By78, which seems connected to a different dispute at Stock market. – Luna Santin (talk) 17:33, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Blocked for 2 weeks for disruption, edit-warring, and sockpuppetry. MuZemike 17:34, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
That's not the only incident see loeth's talk page for more details [5]. Vedant (talk) 17:36, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Well, let's see what happens. If he so wishes to come back earlier, I'm sure we'll see another sock or something. MuZemike 17:39, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
There was a lengthy discussion about this user a few days ago on AN. Evil saltine (talk) 17:37, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Problem with IP editor repeatedly hounding me for months[edit]

I have been having issues with (talk · contribs · WHOIS) repeatedly hounding me over the last few months, including repeated personal attack on my talk page. I had previously reported this to the Wikipedia:Wikiquette alerts. (Wikipedia:Wikiquette alerts#Repeated personal attacks by an IP) While the personal attacks have largely gone, the hounding has not.[6]Farix (t | c) 02:24, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I issued a final warning. –Juliancolton | Talk 02:39, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I didn't see your warning before I blocked Julian, and I did so (for three months as the ip appears quite static) for multiple harrassing personal attacks over quite some time as well as numerous other vandalistic edits with a bent toward the homophobic (see e.g., [7]).--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 02:53, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Not nearly as static as I thought so changed to 1 week.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 02:58, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
fine by me. –Juliancolton | Talk 03:41, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Unfortunately, a week is not going to phase the individual harassing me. They only leave these personal attacks on my page about once a month and rarely ever edits between such times. I doubt they will even noticed the block until after it has expired. If there is a way to keep this particular IP from editing my talk page without affecting other IP editors, then that would be the preferable solution. —Farix (t | c) 11:25, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I think this situation allows for semi-protection of your user space see your talk page for further details.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 18:41, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
At once very three to four weeks (if not longer), it's not really worth the semi-protection. —Farix (t | c) 20:17, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I am being harassed by an admin User:Frank[edit]

Resolved: based on concluded discussion at WT:Administrators' noticeboard#I am not happy Equazcion (talk) 20:22, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I feel that I am being trolled by an admin, I am not saying they are a troll, they may very well just be having a bad hair day and are an otherwise good admin (I do not know him at all, first time meeting the admin). A bit of background, I had to along with others request an arbcom due to years of drama on ADHD articles by user scuro. This resulted in policies, including no incivilty and no personal attacks being passed by arbcom as well as other editing restrictions on scuro. I saw what I deemed a personal attack on ADHD talk page, it was in response to another editor (Doc James) but was aimed at other editors as well. I thought about going directly to arbcom and requesting enforcement but then thought, nah I will just send a warning template first, I don't want to go running to arbcom enforcement for every violation. I hoped my level 4 warning template would do the trick. Instead I got 2 disruptive editors for the price of 1 sadly, as one admin showed up and said "it wasn't a "personal attack", anyway I disagreed. I expected the conversation on my talk page to quickly fizzel out, with us agreeing to disagree but sadly this admin is just going off the deep end. I have requested 3 times for them to leave my talk page now and they refuse. They are now resorting to the level of twisting facts, quoting people out of context to "win an argument". I am getting messaged multiple times daily now, message after message. I find them obsessive and to be quite honest displaying similar behaviour to problem editors that I would usually end up reporting to admin noticeboard or getting into drama with. Basically the issue really is beyond the point of whether I "should have went straight to arbcom enforcement" and was wrong (to be nice) and give them a warning first or whether I was correct or wrong in interpreting comments as a personal attack. The issue is that I am actually now being trolled and harassed by an admin and I would like the people/admins here to basically just say stop harassing literaturegeek, let it go, leave him alone, stop making a mountain out of mole hill etc. This is the first time to my knowledge that I have had to report an admin and do not like to do so but I can just see the signs that I have seen in other disruptive editors I have dealt with in the past and would like someone to put a stop to it. My evidence links are here.User_talk:Literaturegeek#I_have_requested_administrator_Xeno.27s_help_with_regards_to_your_threats I would rather deal with the initial seperate drama via reopening arbcom (if that becomes necessary) rather than here.--Literaturegeek | T@1k? 14:35, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I would like to state that at this point I DO NOT want admin Frank blocked, unless it is just blocked from my talk page. I have no gripe with him, I do not know him, I just want him to go away is all and let the subject drop. I am tired of being harassed over and over again over what is in reflection a trivial argument over a subjective interpretations of what is or is not a personal attack. It is at the point of craziness please intervene.--Literaturegeek | T@1k? 14:41, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Some diffs would be a good starting point.. Never mind, found them. Thanks Manning (talk) 14:45, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
LG, perhaps just simply archiving that discussion on your talk page would work? Not sure anything more productive is going to come from it. While I'm a bit surprised Frank (normally pretty laid back, IMHO) hasn't respected your three clear requests to stay off your talk page, you're replying to him and then requesting he stay away, and sometimes it's hard for imperfect humans to leave things alone when that happens. --Floquenbeam (talk) 14:55, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

More background information can be found here on user Xeno's talk page.User_talk:Xeno#ADHD--Literaturegeek | T@1k? 14:57, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Fluoquen, that is a good idea and I think any future comments made by admin Frank that I will just ignor. On my second attempt to get him to leave my talk page,[8] I specifically worded my response in a way not to invite more debate and gave him a "carrot" by suggesting that we agree to disagree and part company. As it was an admin and has administrative powers and influence I felt compelled to respond.--Literaturegeek | T@1k? 15:06, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

There's far too much wall-of-text to expect poor uninvolved people to wade through it all, but at a glance I see some unreasonable behavior on your part. I would suggest just letting this drop, and refraining from giving editors warnings in the future. You don't appear to know when a giving warning is or is not appropriate. If there's a real problem, someone else will come along and deal with it. Friday (talk) 15:11, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I actually just DID read most of it and came to the identical conclusion that Friday did as well. Let it go and move on. Manning (talk) 15:16, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Thank you for your views. I have used the twinkle tool on a daily basis thousands of times without problems. I will avoid in future all warnings for scuro however and just request his immediate block on arbcom enforcement. I feel being a nice guy and giving a warning first is not worth all of the drama. Friday and manning you are not familar with the arbcom or the situation on the ADHD talk pages. I understand and appreciate that you both cannot wade through mountains of text or arbcom evidence and findings. That is why I specifically requested intervention regarding why an admin will not let this drop and what I can do when an admin who I do not know has taken an intense displeasure of someone disagreeing with them to the point of harassing me. I did not want any admin to do a reassessment of the arbcom findings and the drama on ADHD talk pages. I must say I disagree that uninvolved admins are going off-topic and passing judgements on ADHD drama which is covered by arbcom. I will go back to arbcom if that area needs covering as they are familar with the background and have enforcement policies.--Literaturegeek | T@1k? 15:31, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I think Frank's initial point was correct; while Scuro's comment included a characterisation that you reject, I don't think it was a personal attack per se and clearly it did not warrant the template warning given. Inaccurately weighted warnings are a problem when using the pre-loaded Twinkle options, but there are multiple levels and Twinkle (and other tools) make it abundantly clear that you are solely responsible for your edit. No harassment has occurred that I can see. Having said that, I'm not sure why the conversation continued much beyond that and it seems clear it doesn't need to go any further. Archiving the section and moving on is the right way to go. Nathan T 15:45, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Frank's initial comment about it being not technically a personal attack may have been correct who knows, subjective. That is not the problem. The harassment may not be the best description but problem was not leaving talk page after several requests and my suggestion to agree to disagree and also and most importantly Frank resorting to quoting out of context people, knowingly posting very dishonest interpretations of the situation to make me look bad. Essentially being very dishonest to my face knowing full well that I knew he was being dishonest, this was very antagonistic especially from a complete stranger, this was the issue. It is being discussed in the below section.--Literaturegeek | T@1k? 16:18, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Been reading this and felt the need to interject. When you continue responding to a discussion and don't like the result in the end, that's not harassment. It's just a discussion that didn't go the way you planned, and the other guy just won't see how wrong he is. There are no extra rules for admins concerning how reasonable and agreeable they have to act towards those they argue with, so you won't get any leeway just because the user you're arguing with is an admin. His "interpretation" of the situation probably seems about as "dishonest" as yours does to him. If you feel annoyed by the discussion, there's no need to ask the user to leave your talk page. Simply stop responding, archive the discussion, and be done with it. If he then continues to post to your talk page regarding the same issue, that might be a reason to come here and complain. Equazcion (talk) 16:30, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I think there is a lot of wisdom in what you say. I did continue to respond after asking him to leave. Ignoring him would probably have been a better move. In the past I have had problematic editors on my talk page and I just undid (removed) their edits from my talk page. I felt doing this in this instant could have backfired as he was an admin.--Literaturegeek | T@1k? 16:45, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Response from User:Frank[edit]

(sub-heading used because I'm responding in general, not to the comment directly above)

My opinion of the edit that led me to LG's talk page hasn't changed one bit; it was an inappropriate warning. I generally don't think that "leave my talk page alone" is sufficient answer to "your warning was inappropriate" because it doesn't address the core issue of civility. However, I've said all I needed to at the page - and, perhaps, more.

Having said all that, I hope, LG, that you understand that me being an admin has nothing to do with this. Nowhere did I threaten you, and nowhere did I assert or even imply that what I was saying had more merit because I'm admin. I made my comments purely as a member of the community, which is what all of us (admin and otherwise) are expected to do. If you perceive otherwise, please re-evaluate without attaching any ulterior or power-hungry motives to my actions. I never escalated, and I never brought my status as an admin into the picture, and I never said anything remotely like "you'd better agree with me or else". That would be highly inappropriate. Instead, I've tried to get you to see not my point of view, but the community's point of view on the matter. Indeed, I actually asked you to provide support for your assertion that it was a personal attack, giving you the opportunity to show me where my interpretation of community values is incorrect. I have steadfastly declined to investigate past drama and have also declined to ask anyone else to support my point so I could say "see?", and I have also avoided looking into your past edits. Those things would be harassment; none of my actions fit that profile.  Frank  |  talk  15:55, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I just want to agree here with Frank that "leave me alone" is a useless, inappropriate response. Anyone who says such things is probably not well suited to a collaborative project. I don't believe Frank's actions were out of line in this case. Friday (talk) 15:59, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Can I start off by saying that I DO NOT care if scuro made a personal attack or whether it was "technically just uncivil or inappropriate. I do not want Frank or anyone else to divert this conversation off-topic. This is what I mean, he has resorted to levels of twisting facts, this is what I mean by saying he is being antagonistic, harassing (perhaps there is a better word for it) and disruptive. He states that my response to him disagreeing with his interpretation of the situation was to tell him to go away. Nope, that was my response to him resorting to twisting facts,[9] to imply I sent a warning because an editor requested consensus and NPOV. He had resorted to being nasty resorting to dishonesty, that was why I asked him to leave. I politely engaged him at first. More to come...--Literaturegeek | T@1k? 16:02, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
This is not quite exactly what is meant by "letting it drop". Friday (talk) 16:06, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Ok to address the rest of Frank's comments. Actually Frank I DO see your point of view. Your interpretation of the situation was it was not a personal attack, but was more an uncivil or inappropriate comment? At least Xeno saw it that way and you didn't disagree. My point of view arbcom passed a dual motion of no personal attacks or uncivilness, there is an enforcement block for violations (although I am not completely sure if personal attacks OR uncivilness is blockable by them would have to confirm). My point and PROBLEM is NOT that we disagree about subjective interpretations of demeaning comments, my problem with you is that you have on several occasions escalated the situation by twisting facts, quoting out of context and just generally being nasty. THAT is my problem, not to mention suggesting that we agree to disagree and asking you to leave my talk page and you ignoring my request to agree to disagree. It was the form of lying, distorting what issues were, quoting out of context people to "win an argument". I cannot deal diplomatically with people who resort to these tactics. Can you not see my point of view that resorting to dishonesty is very antagonistic? Please address this.--Literaturegeek | T@1k? 16:12, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Friday, according to a wiki tool, you have edited just under 100 of the pages that Frank has edited so I would consider that you have a conflict of interest as far as Frank goes and you may not have a neutral interpretation of this situation. He is also a fellow admin. I am not criticising you at all, I myself have sometimes commented in drama situations where I probably wasn't neutral, none of us our perfect and I could be entirely wrong about you being friends with frank, so please do not take offense. Just saying I am not comfortable is all. Hope you understand.--Literaturegeek | T@1k? 16:12, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

"Friday, according to a wiki tool, you have edited just under 100 of the pages that Frank has edited so I would consider that you have a conflict of interest as far as Frank goes and you may not have a neutral interpretation of this situation." - Sorry, but this means nothing at all. Friday and Frank are both admins, so obviously they're going to edit the same pages (RFA, ANI, RFPP, AIV, etc). –Juliancolton | Talk 16:26, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
What is your point in saying that Friday and Frank have edited a lot of the same pages? Are you accusing them of colluding with each other, or of being sockpuppets? Warofdreams, the closing bureaucrat on Frank's Request for adminship, has edited 110 of the same pages as Frank has. Would you consider him to be "too close" to Frank to be impartial? Are you planning on demanding that Frank stand again for RfA because the closing bureaucrat has a conflict of interest with him? Because by your definition, Warofdreams has more of a COI than Friday, who has 98 pages in common. J.delanoygabsadds 16:39, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I'm surprised that it's only 100. Generally, I'd thought admins across the 'pedia should have about 150-200 in common, given the tasks we need to do. ↪REDVERS I dreamt about stew last night 16:44, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Holy smokes! User:J.delanoy and I may need to be checkusered. :( (Of course, with 283659, User:J.delanoy and anyone may need to be check-usered. User:Redvers, I think we have to bundle you in on this, too.) --Moonriddengirl (talk) 17:18, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
J Delanoy and Redvers, I was not making an assertion but a suspicion. My whole post also said this, I am not criticising you at all, I myself have sometimes commented in drama situations where I probably wasn't neutral, none of us our perfect and I could be entirely wrong about you being friends with frank, so please do not take offense. Just saying I am not comfortable is all. Hope you understand. I thought that I worded it in such a way that I was not casting judgement on them or accusing them of being a bad person. I have never met Friday before so it would be impossible for me to judge them. I was just trying to say that I felt uncomfortable. Friday has posted on my talk page and I would like to publicly state that I do not believe Friday and Frank know each other and have said sorry to Friday.--Literaturegeek | T@1k? 16:51, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Anyway, I can see admin board discussion is not going to address my complaints. I just wanted to be left alone by Frank. I believe that this posting on the admin board has achieved that objective. I never did want any of the admins here to take any administration action against Frank.--Literaturegeek | T@1k? 17:09, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

If you don't want admin action, then ANI is probably not your forum. As it says at the top, "This page is for reporting and discussing incidents on the English Wikipedia that require the intervention of administrators." If you think you're dealing with harassment and you can't resolve it in conversation with the other user, WP:WQA may be a better place to go. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 17:18, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I felt admins could help as far as just requesting Frank to respect requests for him to leave me alone after he had made his point multiple times. Thank you for your suggestion moon. Perhaps WP:WQA would have been better.--Literaturegeek | T@1k? 17:26, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I am not happy[edit]

I have moved this text to the talk page as it is better served there.Wikipedia_talk:Administrators'_noticeboard#I_am_not_happy--Literaturegeek | T@1k? 18:17, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Sockpuppetry vandalism?[edit]

Resolved: Blizzocked. MuZemike 21:02, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Dear administrators, I am not sure if the following is more appropriate for the sockpuppetry or vandalism admin board and so am bring it here. Anyway, please compare the following:

As seen above, an IP and now account are making the same kind of "she is hot" edits to the same articles and even after multiple warnings. I appreciate attractive women as much as the next guy, but even if the claim that these women as "sexy" or "hot" is something we can agree on, we still cannot just add our opinions over and over, with swearing, poor grammar, etc. That it seems to be the same person from IP to account, I bring it forth here for admin attention should the individual do additional IP/account hopping. Please help! Thank you for your time and consideration! Sincerely, --A NobodyMy talk 20:51, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Procedural Note I have informed the users of this thread, on their talk pages. Basket of Puppies 20:54, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Basket, you beat me to it! Sincerely, --A NobodyMy talk 20:56, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
It seems like the user just decided to sign up for an account. That in itself isn't against the rules. He or she probably did not see your warning to the IP due to creating the account. I would just treat the user like any other vandal, warn then block. If the user returns as a sock, we can deal with it then. Thanks. Evil saltine (talk) 20:58, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
User:Eliminiatedguy indefinitely blocked as vandalism-only, IP for 2 weeks. MuZemike 21:02, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Thank you for the fast action! Sincerely, --A NobodyMy talk 21:04, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

User:Sweetfornow disruptive editing and now personal attacks[edit]


See previous discussions at:

Sweetfornow (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · page moves · block user · block log) Previously this user has edit warred on 3 different pages, introduced copyvios, original research and numerous problems into various articles. Their initial response to all the warnings they got and previous AN/I threads was to blank the warnings and carry on. Only recently have they engaged in any communication, their first of which was basically a violation of WP:OWN[18], along with borderline personal attacks [19], and assumptions o bad faith[20]. The user may be engaging in pointy edits as evidenced by this [21]. Several of the users contributions were removed for using bad sources, or no sources. Today I noticed a couple of problems in addition to this.

  • This prod [22] in only a few seconds of googling I was able to verify most of the info on the page, I reverted it and added one source I'll add more later. The claim that no sources could be found just doesn't ring true at all.
  • The serious gutting of Matt the Knife with extremely dubious claims [23]. A well formed cite went 404, so their response was to take out whole paragraphs rather than find the source. Regardless if an article or link goes 404, especially to a news paper or radio show, it doesn't invalidate the citation. They were also removing citations and large portions of the text because a newspaper cite went to the home page and not the article itself. It took me less than a minute to check the newspaper site and find the correct link [24] [25].
  • Here [26] the user is removing most of the article (including a citation). because they apparently can't read the entire article since its a for pay article.

These edits are very disruptive and creating a lot of work for other editors.--Crossmr (talk) 07:05, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

My personal opinion is that this user has not done much wrong. Please post more evidence of wrong doing if you still feel we should sanction this editor in any way. C.U.T.K.D T | C 10:03, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Come again? This users first 100 edits had to pretty much all be undone because of various problems. Since then the user has inserted copyvios, tried to own articles, edit warred to try and push/remove content into articles. The editor has now stated on my talk page that anything not perfectly sourced is "libelous" [27]. They're not even taking the time to check to see if the sources are valid before gutting articles. How is that not disruptive?--Crossmr (talk) 10:15, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Looks like they've been warned by other editors as well. Dougweller (talk) 11:34, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
they have been warned plenty they like to blank their page and others see mooops talk history for that. I'm mobile now can't link--Crossmr (talk) 12:21, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
The history of Terry Evanswood, a magician who's apparently not a favorite of this editor, shows an example of editing that harms the project. The article was prod'ed for notability, but it took very little effort on my part to establish notability. I came to the Evanswood article after reverting this edit to Brandon Hein, in which this editor removed a valid and necessary citation with the false edit summary "corrected links". --CliffC (talk) 12:59, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Wow missed that one. That is a blatantly false edit summary in an attempt to hide citation removal. Here is there attempt to hide talk about them on another users talk page [28].--Crossmr (talk) 13:07, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
I suspect this may be a sock of indeffed Headlikeawhole (talk · contribs). This account appeared about a week after Headlikeawhole and his socks were blocked and some early edits were to topics that Headlikeawhole was interested in, like Crunk rapping and Paris Hilton. <>Multi-Xfer<> (talk) 17:01, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
The user is still trying to edit war on the Terry Evanswood article [29] after more than one explanation that we don't have to see the content on the web for it to be a citation. If you have the evidence for thisi multixfer, can you do up a sockpuppet case? Or exactly how much evidence of disruption do we need here?--Crossmr (talk) 23:44, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

I made those edits because the links doesn't reference the page. I click through each link and read the content. I removed the links because they don't contain any reliable info. Removing info and fake citations isn't against Wikipedia's rules in any way. People shouldn't vandalize articles and write whatever they want to. Some of the paragraphs do not have reliable citations. The links only take you to a homepage of a website, not the actual content stated in the Wiki articles. Without reliable sources, then the article would be false. Crossmr: I'm sick and tired of writing the same shit over and over again on your talk page. I have a reason to remove the links. Unless you have a good reason to complain, get over it and stop whining like a child. Jumping to immediate conclusions won't help. Sweetfornow (talk) 02:45, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

The citation isn't fake just because the link has gone 404 or there is no link. You removed a citation to a radio show. It is unlikely that that radio show is online anywhere, but that doesn't mean you can just go through and gut articles because you can't see the citation this moment conveniently on the internet. As I already pointed out it, it took me all of 30 seconds on the homepage of the newspaper to verify the article existed.There are probably tens of thousands of citations in wikipedia articles that go to physical books without a weblink. By your logic those citations and any information drawn from them should be torn out of the articles. you have had numerous editors undo your edits, and either warn you or attempt to explain this to you. Read WP:NPA as well as you've now crossed the line into blatant personal attacks. As for your reasons for removal, let's look at them:
  • Here you complain of a broken link [30]. Yet look at the source. The link provided is simply a link to the radio series, not the individually cited episode. While the link to the series needs to be updated there is zero problem with this reference. Yet you went through and removed every single time it is used and then yanked all the content.
  • Here you claim to remove "several" broken links yet again its just one, plus several uses of it [31]. It is again not a broken link. Its a link to the main page of a newspaper, but the article, date and authors are cited. Within 30 seconds of going to the website in question I was able to find the article.
  • Here you removed an entire section because you can't take the time to check the websites in question to see if the articles are there [32]. The section you removed was also cited with the radio show which you pulled out in your first edit.
  • [33] [34]More of the same. The article, author, date, etc is cited. Direct links to the articles are not required for citation
  • Here [35] you remove another episode citation from a show.
  • [36] here you remove more citations which are perfectly fine and gut more content
  • And then after ripping almost every single citation out of the article, you tag it for notability [37].
That is an absolutely atrocious series of edits. It shows a fundamental lack of understanding on the citation system on wikipedia.
  • [38] here you complain of an inability to find sources. Taking the name and putting any book name in quotes I returned a plethora of sources in under 1 minute.
  • At the Terry Evanswood article you keep removing sourced content because you can't read the whole article. We assume good faith and the editor that added content based on that article is assumed to have added it correctly. Unless you have access to the full article and want to provide it to contradict some claim that was made with it, you shouldn't be removing it.
  • As pointed out above, you provided a false edit summary [39] here to try and hide what you were really doing to the article.--Crossmr (talk) 03:56, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
A lot of "dead links" are often stripped from ref lists and their content blanked when the information is often available on the internet archive. Just another point. I see way too many people blank legit online references when the link is dead simply because the article was moved or something. Just a general comment. <>Multi-Xfer<> (talk) 17:37, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Also a general comment: among the edits of Headlikeawhole (talk · contribs), mentioned above as possibly a related account, this gives an interesting insight and makes me realize once again how much time is wasted managing disruption. --CliffC (talk) 18:13, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Dealing with trolls is definitely a time waster, I'll give you that. Worrying about what trolls think is pointless and self-defeating. The fact that anyone feels pleasure at acting like a dick on a collaborative website and getting blocked for it is pathetic to the nth degree. That's why WP:DNFTT is such a great policy and why revert-block-ignore is the best possible response. <>Multi-Xfer<> (talk) 22:29, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
It would be a nice response, but after 3 days of this sitting here, not a single admin has commented on this.--Crossmr (talk) 23:39, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
This wasn't even an issue of going to internet archive. Look at the first removal. They were removing content sourced to a broadcast radio show. There is no online copy of it that I know of. So removing it just because the series about page is dead is completely wrong. If a citation is ONLY a link with no information about an author, date, publisher, etc and it goes dead, it can be hard to find out what was on it. This is why we include these things. We don't run around gutting articles because a link in a citation is bad or has gone 404. This almost looks like a concentrated effort to trim the article so that it could be tagged for notability.--Crossmr (talk) 23:50, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

User:Bcs09 suspected sockpuppet account of indefinitely banned User:Chanakyathegreat[edit]

I'm not sure how to submit a suspected sockpuppet but I thought it was important enough to submit this one here because User:Bcs09 appears to be a sockpuppet of User:Chanakyathegreat, who was blocked indefinitely after a long history of very disruptive behaviour. This case is based on judging by both accounts have an almost identicle edit history pattern, both have the same arguments with the same editors, both have the same edit wars, and the creation of the User:Bcs09 account was just after the indefinite block of the User:Chanakyathegreat account. (talk) 23:55, 18 September 2009 (UTC)


BertramJohnson (talk · contribs) was repeatedly creating a bio of himself. Although there were several warnings on his Talk page, nobody sat down and actually told him about WP:BIO, WP:N and WP:RS. By the time I got involved and explained that to him, he was blocked. I know he was given a final warning, but he did seem to be reaching out to people to ask why he couldn't have a bio. Who then was a gentleman? (talk) 00:25, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Sockpuppet abuse at MfD[edit]

See Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:Orangesodakid/hidden page challenge. The first account posted a personal attack five minutes after being created. It appears that the user is using socks to talk to himself to make good appearances for himself. The spelling mistakes further make this obvious. Triplestop x3 00:28, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Might be a few off-wiki pals involved, there, by the looks of it. – Luna Santin (talk) 00:42, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Hey, orangesodakid does not know how to talk on this page he says that he cant say anything because he is blocked what should he do?--Coldplay Expert 00:43, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

He is not blocked as far as I can tell (see his block log). Evil saltine (talk) 00:50, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
And the IP he is claiming to be caught in an autoblock by is not currently blocked, either. Regards, Javért 00:52, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
I forgot about the autoblock. It doesn't actually the show the IP that is blocked, does it? I see an autoblock for User:Gurrenlaggan on Special:BlockList, but it does not give the IP. Evil saltine (talk) 01:01, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
FWIW, it's actually Coldplay Expert (talk · contribs) who is blocked. The latest developments at user talk:Orangesodakid in regards to sharing accounts is also quite interesting... Regards, Javért 01:48, 19 September 2009 (UTC)


豪庸 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) is constantly inserting false information into music articles. Completely unresponsive: he's at final warning level for unsourced and false info, and repeated today. Despite the warnings, he has never made an edit to user talk space or article talk space, nor has he written an edit summary.—Kww(talk) 00:37, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

I smell sock, but cannot remember of whom. MuZemike 00:40, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
The only moderately likely candidates for this area would be JuStar and Petergriffin9901. This doesn't feel much like JuStar: JuStar was big on detailed citations to garbage sources: generally one-off references to obscure music charts. His big trademark was edit-warring: if you moved a comma, he'd move it back. I'm mentoring Petergriffin9901, and believe him to be reformed. 豪庸 (Goyo, if you will) doesn't edit war and doesn't fight. He just silently inserts errors into articles.—Kww(talk) 00:49, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
I personally gave him a final final warning to quit and explain himself (I also notified him of the discussion here while I was at it) upon threat of a block if continued. MuZemike 01:40, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Hoax article[edit]

Resolved: Both deleted and user warned. AniMatedraw 02:06, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Two hoax articles from the same user have been tagged for speedy deletion for a few hours. The articles are Sees Me Through and One by One (2010 TV series). Joe Chill (talk) 01:45, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

That first one sounds like a show about Superman's X-ray vision. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots 02:09, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Mikhailov Kusserow issue[edit]

I didn't do anything. I just answered questions on his talk page, that were posted by other users. However, he refers to it as vandalism, and so he puts a warning template on my talk page, without stating a logical reason, so I warned him about the use of such templates.--BoeingRuleOfThe9th-700 (talk) 08:06, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Personally, I twitch just before I make a 3rd-party post on someone's user talk page: Some folks are very sensitive about that. It looks like you may have offended one. But I don't see how it would fall under wp:vandalism. It appears the editor went on a warning-spree that doesn't make much sense. I am interested to see if one of the Admins has an idea how to help here, as I can't see a way. - Sinneed (talk) 09:56, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I'd like to point out that this isn't the first time that Mikhailov has required admin attention:
Rami R 10:17, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Mikhailov's contributions seem to consist mainly of posting welcome messages to users and asking for personal information such as where they live. (diff, diff, diff, diff). They're also adding username warnings to various user pages: for examples, see here, here and here. I've contacted Mikhailov about the username warnings (my concern was that they didn't specify what was wrong with the username), but didn't get a response other than Mikhailov archiving my question (maybe due to a language barrier?). I too would like to see if anyone has an idea on how to help get through to this editor. Jafeluv (talk) 12:13, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Strangely enough, he asked personal questions on talk:Relly Komaruzaman this talk page that were not in English, and funny enough I had to answer in Indonesian. Anyways, he really went on a spree there, warned 5 users that is yet to be understood by any of these contributors (including me).--BoeingRuleOfThe9th-700 (talk) 05:27, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Inappropriate behavior by Off2riorob[edit]

Resolved: No admin action required. Off2riorob has probably realized it was an inappropriate comment. –Juliancolton | Talk 17:49, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Please see this inappropriate comment by Off2riorob (talk · contribs) [40]. He has been blocked numerous times in the past for disruption [41].

As this inappropriate comment was left at my talk page, I would appreciate an uninvolved admin taking action here. Thank you. Cirt (talk) 15:20, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

The comment is obnoxious and uncalled for but seems more like a WP:CIVIL than a WP:NPA problem. In any event, I doubt it rises to the level of blocking by itself. However, the general pattern of behavior by Off2 is clearly very less than idea. JoshuaZ (talk) 15:42, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I do not see anything in that comment remotely requiring any form of action. The linked comment was "you seem focused on A ... do you happen to be A?" It's likely rhetorical, but not a vio of WP:NPA or even WP:CIVIL from what I can see. (talk→ BWilkins ←track) 15:46, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
EC. It is a bit much to come rushing here for this simple question. It is also not disruptive or obnoxious. I have been asked to declare my interest in topics before and I have been asked if I have any other accounts, both questions I have answered and it is overly senstitive imo to come rushing here to report an editor after being asked Off2riorob (talk) 16:05, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I've had a few interactions with RioRob. He has made rough comments about my conduct. He is willing however to explain himself in a reasonable manner. Maybe a smoother touch would be helpful but thus far I've seen quite a few admirable qualities in this editor, including the ability to help out. Hell In A Bucket (talk) 15:50, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I agree that there's nothing actionable here. Off2 isn't being the most diplomatic, but it's not egregious. He asked a question.. one he apparently thinks is relevant. You may choose to answer it, or not. Friday (talk) 15:51, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I would also request that there is no reason to actually bring this here that this not develop into a general discussion about me and I would politely request it to be closed and if any editor would like to discuss my editing they could open a RFC. Off2riorob (talk) 15:55, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
No, I would like to think that if I had problems with your editing, that I would discuss it on your talkpage - that's what it's for, and the first place before WQA, ANI or even RFC. (talk→ BWilkins ←track) 16:00, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Cirt's reaction is understandable and Off2riorob might not have been aware of the context. Cirt is very protective of his pseudonymity: he previously abandoned an account and restarted due to legitimate fears of offsite harassment. Rob asked Cirt whether he was Rick Ross; Rick Ross edits Wikipedia under his real name. Cirt is not Rick Ross. Most people seek to truncate a sensitive discussion when the opening query accuses them of obsession. Rob may not have realized he was opening a cupboard that had several cans of worms on a low shelf. Durova319 16:34, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I'm glad there is a reason for it. Do you think posting that would be the smartest thing here? If there are people trolling and they possibly don't like Cirt we would be setting him up to go through it all again. I am very sensitive to somethings though so you made a great point aside from that. Hell In A Bucket (talk) 16:39, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
It's been spelled out in much greater detail as arbitration evidence, so there's no harm to mentioning here. Cirt's security issue with the previous account has been resolved. Durova319 17:00, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Is this previous issue that Cirt has had regarding his identity the reason for Cirt rushing me to the noticeboard? Off2riorob (talk) 17:04, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I can't read his mind, but it seems possible that might have a bearing on why he would take a hard line on WP:OUTING. Both Cirt and Rick Ross were parties to that arbitration so your question was tantamount to asking whether he had socked an arbitration case. Not sure whether you were aware of that; the case grew so long and tangled that it's almost unreadable. Durova319 17:54, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
No, that was not on my mind, it was just a feeling and it was in my mind and I asked, I have seen other editors ask these type of questions on talkpages and thought that it was ok to ask.Off2riorob (talk) 18:23, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
  • I find the spelling problems in the disputed comment troublesome, and yet we're not supposed to refactor. Such are the trials and tribulations of Wikipedia. Do they have deprogrammers that can help with this addiction? Rick, are you reading this??? ChildofMidnight (talk) 16:36, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I am also involved in editing the page. I think it's pertinent to point out that while there is one editor who has openly admitted a conflict of interest (and this has been handled perfectly well) he has suggested that there is more than one editor with a COI, and that (in a comment he later said was a joke and withdrew after Cirt complained to him) Cirt was editing on behalf of the COI editor. The apology factored as part of rob's talkpage is here.I don't think rob is trying to uncover anyone's real world identity; he's just not happy that consensus has gone against him and is carping. He simply doesn't like that the article exists.VsevolodKrolikov (talk) 03:36, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

IP User:[edit] (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

User: persists in posting WP:OR of his view point on the Michael Richards page, 6 different editors have reverted his (and same) edits, with [| numerous warnings ] already given on his talk page. He just violated 3RR. It's becoming quite disruptive. Tendancer (talk) 05:00, 19 September 2009 (UTC)


I have received an email from Jw120550 (talk · contribs) in regards to being unblocked, and requesting me to mentor him. Looking over his edits, I see nothing much more than juvenile vandalism, and am inclined to accept barring any other issues I haven't seen. Posting here to get some feedback on whether unblocking is appropriate. \ Backslash Forwardslash / (talk) 23:56, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

It's best to wait a bit and see if they're really serious about wanting to contribute. –Juliancolton | Talk 02:40, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I think it's more than merely juvenile, it's politically motivated. If you're willing to mentor him, I would be okay with an unblock but only if we can be assured he won't make any edits to articles relating to US federal politics for the next year. This guy goes a long time between periods of editing. Also, I was particularly troubled by the way he refused to answer my question as to why he vandalized. It made me think he's just saying what he thinks he needs to in order to be unblocked. Mangojuicetalk 04:43, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
I would agree that he would need to not edit anything at all, in either article-space or talk-space, on US federal politics. For at least a year, but I would prefer longer. We should also agree that if he were to vandalise again then an immediate block, without cascaded warnings, would be imposable. On that basis OK give him a last chance, but I also feel that his edits were political rather than juvenile. --Anthony.bradbury"talk" 13:36, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Fresh eyes needed for Prattville COI/spam problem[edit]

The article Prattville, Alabama is being repeatedly edited by an IP (User: who is Mtp1960, self-identified as being a principal in the "" web site. The user in question has added numerous spam links for their site to Wikipedia articles, and has repeatedly reverted against three sysops (myself, AniMate and Mahanga) and two editors (Themfromspace and Baseball Bugs). They remain convinced that their site has a "right" to be mentioned. I've temporarily locked the article, but I'd like fresh eyes to assess the matter. Thanks in advance. --Ckatzchatspy 05:33, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Ckatz - your actions seem legitimate and fair. I note the user is now using an account to get around sprotect. I would endorse a 3RR block based on prior activity. If you feel you've intervened enough let me know and I'll come and assist. Manning (talk) 05:43, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Better idea: Wikipedia:Spam blacklist. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 05:48, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Ckatz - I've left an instruction on the talk page to work towards consensus. I'd like to change the protection level back to sprotect if that's OK with you. The user *might* start to be cooperative, and if not then further reversion will be grounds for a block. Manning (talk) 05:58, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Sounds good to me; the protection was only intended to allow me to place get some feedback here. (I actually went to semi-protection first, but the IP returned to his/her registered account to circumvent that.) Thanks. --Ckatzchatspy 06:16, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Done - back to sprotect for a month (to stop IP spam). If the user adds the spam link back despite the repeated warnings in then I think a block is well in order. Manning (talk) 06:25, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
The COI is obvious, but I am concerned that these news services might be legitimate. I've gave several options to the user on how to proceed, but it appears they've decided to edit war instead. I just wish that instead of edit warring back, there was some real attempt to engage them and make them understand where we are coming from. AniMatedraw 07:04, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Where the IP address (or one of them at least) made their mistake was in spamming that so-called "online newspaper" to other articles (I think Tim Conway was one) in an effort at self-promotion. If it had stayed as solely a link in the Prattsville article, it might have stayed under the radar. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots 13:16, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Unfortunately, efforts to explain the EL guideline have been countered with what are essentially demands to be included, as well as claims that we are questioning their journalistic integrity. --Ckatzchatspy
Again, there is a spam blacklist. Cut them off on a technical level and they'll be bored soon enough. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 08:19, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
Better yet, XLinkBot. The website doesn't look as if it always would be inappropriate to link to, so I think the blacklist is overkill at this point. Xymmax So let it be written So let it be done 13:27, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

AIV backlogged[edit]

Resolved: Attack image deleted, user indefinitely blocked

WP:AIV Hell In A Bucket (talk) 03:36, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

This user should be indef blocked immediately....User talk:Somody long term pattern of vandalism Hell In A Bucket (talk) 03:40, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
Looking at his contribs I'd tend to agree. Someone should get on this. Equazcion (talk) 03:46, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
User uploaded File:RookSame.jpg and is using it to vandalize Asia-related articles. It needs to be speedy deleted and he needs to be blocked. Is anyone here? Equazcion (talk) 03:52, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
Blocked indef, file deleted. Camw (talk) 03:59, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
Thanks Camw. Equazcion (talk) 04:01, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
  • AIV is again backlogged. Let's get this cleaned up before some of these reports "time out" and aren't blockable. - NeutralHomerTalk • 04:44, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
    • Why would it matter if they "time out". If someone stops vandalizing without being blocked, then what is the need for a block anyways? --Jayron32 06:29, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
      • I should have used the term "stale". After awhile the reports just become "stale" or "time out" and blocks aren't given, but it leaves the vandals room to come back in an hour or two and keep on vandalizing. It is better, in my opinion, to block them immediately and not let AIV get backed up, then to give them a free pass on the vandalism they have committed. That is just me though. - NeutralHomerTalk • 06:59, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
Generally like Cockroaches they come back..,..Hell In A Bucket (talk) 06:30, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
Except when they don't. --Jayron32 06:34, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
Thank you Terminix. (my comment has been in no way spnosroed by Terminx.)Hell In A Bucket (talk) 06:36, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Reference Desk vandalism[edit]

I collapsed an entirely inappropriate post by IP address on the Humanities Desk, "Irish vs Germans in America", on the grounds that it was soapboxing, trolling and using the Reference Desk as a discussion forum. The user has twice reverted this and accused me of vandalism in doing so [42].

Note that he brings up User:Taxa, who has recently returned to the Ref Desk making disruptive posts that are extremely similar in tone and content to those by IP 70.171... I believe that this IP address very likely to be Taxa himself. His own IP address is in the range 71.1* and he has been caught in the past using a false signature to disguise this (ie normal text formatted to resemble a Wiki signature) [43]. He has twice reverted my efforts to collapse his trolling thread on the Humanities desk about "Irish vs Germans in America"; I have no intention of breaking the three-revert rule to deal with him, so I'd request an immediate ban on the IP address, and sanctions of some sort to be taken against User:Taxa. Malcolm XIV (talk) 11:17, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

I would have outright deleted some of those threads, except I get yelled at for "censorship". That stuff is purely intended to create debates, which the ref desk is not supposed to be about. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots 11:20, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
And if you had deleted them, the troll would reinstate them. Which is why he needs to be stopped. Malcolm XIV (talk) 11:23, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
The ref. desks aren't articles, they're just ref. desks, so simply not responding is a better approach than deletion. But silly me, assuming more good faith than is warranted, I keep hoping an actual question will emerge from those lengthy essays. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots 12:11, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

If somebody has an answer to what I have asked, which is not ad hominem (re: above nonsense from those two), but simply academic, then the discussion will cease, as I will have understood with more clarity, the topics raised. I have no perennial interest in the subject matter. It's just unresolved questions I can't seem to get straight answers on, especially if I asked directly of some people who are at the center of my scrutiny in the issues. I'd rather not provoke belligerent people. Wikipedia is supposed to be impartial and neutral, but all I am getting here is misdirection and ad hominemism which doesn't address the issues referenced, so much as call foul on the individual with a "stupid question". I may be stupid, but the questions are not...or at least that's what my old schoolteachers used to tell everybody in the classes I went to. So, perhaps there are too many non-academically, non-intellectually, non-philosophically inclined people, such as Malcolm XIV and Baseball Bugs, who don't have the answers and instead of leaving well enough alone, decide to crap on the person who might get better replies from more knowledgeable scholastics here.

The above, unsigned as usual, is typical of the kind of meaningless rant the IP posts on the ref. desks, containing no discernible question, just a lengthy and obscure essay. And when we ask him to actually ask a factual, answerable question, he acts upset. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots 12:05, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Can you address me without being negatively ad hominem? What specifically have I stated that upsets you? Are you a German who fancies himself nativist? Do you take offense to the rise of Irish Catholics in America? Please be honest why you oppose my questions, or I shall assume that is the cause of your belligerence.

Sign your posts by using 4 tildes (the squiggly thing in the upper left corner of your keyboard). Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots 12:14, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
This looks like another sockpuppet of the reference desk sockpuppeteer (forgotten the name now, but I've dealt with a few relevant SPI cases). Blocked. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 12:22, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
Good block. The other complaint was about Taxa, but he at least signs his posts, and occasionally makes useful comments, although most of his questions are debate bait. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots 12:28, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
I think talking to TAXA would be the best way to proceed, either on their talk page, or the ref desk talk page. As I recall all their posts haven't been half as soapboxy as the recent ones.
I think we need a prescribed method of dealing with soapbox type questions (not deletion since that causes hassle), but some closing method. Please discuss on the ref desk talk pages. (talk) 12:54, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
The best method (which I plead guilty to not following sufficiently) is to simply not respond, since if no one will play, they will likely go away. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots 12:57, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Taxa is a sockpuppet of the Ref Desk troll. [44] [45] [46] [47] Observe also the similarity between the responses given above by and those given by User:Multimillionaire (another sockpuppet of the same user) when called out on his abuse of the Ref Desk. Malcolm XIV (talk) 13:50, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

User:Neutralhomer - request supervision or close mentorship[edit]

Resolved: It's not you - it's me. Delicious carbuncle (talk)

In August, several editors (including admins) edit-warred with an IP over the placement and removal of a WHOIS template on User talk: (This is the static IP of User:Izzedine.) The IP was blocked for edit-warring. Neutralhomer was one of the main participants in this episode and left several aggressive messages, including "Keep it going and I will personally see to it that you are blocked indef". When cooler heads prevailed, there was some discussion (which incidentally called the treatment of the IP harassment), the IP was unblocked and two admins issued an apology about the whole debacle.

On 11 September, Neutralhomer ignored the resolution of the previous episode and replaced the WHOIS template after it had been removed by the IP, thus restarting the edit war. Neutralhomer started a thread on ANI. Both Izzedine and I directed readers to the previous resolution, but it had no positive effect. Subsequent to this, Neutralhomer began a series of very aggressive postings on Izzedine's user page, which prompted Izzedine to start a discussion at WP:WQA. Neutralhomer also began berating me on my talk page and would not stop posting there despite being asked several times (see my talk page history for 12 September). Neutralhomer eventually closed the ANI thread and declared himself "retired". He ended up being blocked for edit-warring.

Neutralhomer is obviously not retired, since he continues to edit. His conduct on 12 September can best be described as throwing a tantrum. This is not an isolated case - Neutralhomer has a long block log for incivility and harassment of other editors. I am requesting that if he continues to edit here, it is only under supervision or close mentorship. Since this may be an emotional issue, I plan on removing myself from the discussion and letting others decide if this is a reasonable idea. Someone please notify Neutralhomer of this thread. Thanks. Delicious carbuncle (talk) 17:25, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

Thankyou DC for giving an accurate and well-articulated description of the incident, and suggesting that Neutralhomer be subject to supervision or close mentorship as a result of his behaviour. Izzedine (talk) 23:23, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
I see on that talk page history that you suggested a couple of times that he get professional help. Not terribly CIVIL of you...--SarekOfVulcan (talk) 17:28, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
I think DC's edit summary comment in context can be viewed as understandable - after having being repeatedly confronted by an aggressive and uncivil editor. Izzedine (talk) 00:56, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
What I said in a single edit summary was: "Please get some qualified professional help. I don't mean that insultingly. This is not an invitation for a reply". This was siad out of genuine concern after requesting that Neutralhomer stop posting on my talk page to no avail and this was the third time I had simply deleted his comments unread. It wasn't intended to be uncivil. I'm replying here to set the record straight because I think your comment is likely to poison any serious discussion otherwise. Thanks. Delicious carbuncle (talk) 17:43, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
I have advised Neutralhomer of this thread. (talk→ BWilkins ←track) 17:54, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
You forgot this diff: "I'm letting this one slide because I know you have some form of disability, but that excuse only cuts you so much slack." I think you've done a good enough job poisoning the discussion without my help, actually.... --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 18:03, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
And you forgot that the disability is self-declared, namely Neutralhomer's past claims of Asperger's Syndrome as, in effect, a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card for his behavior. --Calton | Talk 00:50, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Considering that he had self-declared a behavioural disability, and that this comment was a response to his uncivil behaviour, it was not particularly unreasonable. Izzedine (talk) 01:34, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
This will be the only edit I will make on this subject. My Asperger's Syndrome is not "self-declared" or a "Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card". I can provide documentation that I was diagnosed with Asperger's in 2003 and have had it since I was born. I don't use my Asperger's as any "card" to get out of trouble. That is mentioned on my userpage as something I am proud of and something others should be aware of if I make a weird joke or something. My Asperger's is always kept in check. I would really like people to stop using my Asperger's against me as if I use it as some sort of crutch. Walk one day in my shoes with Asperger's and you will change your very misguided opinions of me. This will be my only response. Thank you. - NeutralHomerTalk • 00:59, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
  • "My Asperger's Syndrome is not "self-declared"
    • Having declared it on your userpage yourself, that makes it self-declared. Izzedine (talk) 01:46, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Huh. Deny using your claim of Asperger's as a "Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card" -- followed immediately by trying to use Asperger's as a "Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card". Which, as I've said, you've done in the past. Pay attention here and don't go off on your usual irrelevancies: if your disability or however you want to characterize it keeps you from behaving within the lines, then you need to disengage instead of using it as an excuse to continue. --Calton | Talk 14:30, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Calton, you're way out of line there. Neither of those diff's is using a disability as a "get out of a jail free card". In one of them he effectively says "my Asperger's forces me to treat others the way they treat me" ... is that an attempt to get out of jail free? Heck no. You're going borderline incivility related to a disability, and mischaracterizing badly. (talk→ BWilkins ←track) 15:10, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
I agree. I didn't start this topic to attack Neutralhomer or speculate about the cause of his actions. It is a fairly straightforward issue - we have a user with an established history of being periodically disruptive. He was warned about 3RR again yesterday. I believe Neutralhomer would benefit from having someone -- a mentor -- with whom to discuss things before they turn into problems and Wikipedia would benefit from fewer of these episodes. If you have snarky comments or complaints about my conduct, feel free to leave them on my talk page, but can we do something to address the issue here? Thanks. Delicious carbuncle (talk) 16:09, 16 September 2009