Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/E104421-Tajik

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Case Opened on 12:31, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Case Closed on 20:08, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

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Involved parties[edit]

Statement by Dmcdevit[edit]

In the last few months these two editors have engaged in persistant, wide-scale edit warring with each other and others. They each have extensive block logs: E104421 and Tajik. However, despite their blocks and warnings, the behavior continues unabated. In December, after a suggestion on ANI by Future Perfect at Sunrise, both were put on a community-enforced revert parole: [1] (User talk:E104421#Revert parole, User talk:Tajik#Revert parole). However, the result was that each violated the parole and was blocked, and, more often, that they both began to game the revert parole, by edit warring on other articles not specified, and by repeatedly making their one ("allowed") revert per day, and so they were blocked again. They show no willingness to discuss politely their disagreements, or to seek dispute resolution when encouraged. After their most recent month-long block, another administrator, AzaToth decided to unblock both editors unilaterally [2], without notifying the blocking administrator or attempting any discussion whatsoever before reversing my block. Predictably, they each returned to reverting each other without discussion [3] [4], and so I reblocked them both indefinitely. AzaToth yet again unblocked both of them [5] (making four blocks of mine he reversed in as many days, without ever contacting me, a noticeboard, or anywhere else) despite the fact that another administrator had already declined to unblock [6]. AzaToth has stated that they must submit to an "community-enforced" mediation, though, besides the fact that involuntary mediation makes no sense, both were subjected to a community-enforced revert parole for several months, and the result was simply gaming and violations, not a resolution. It is clear to me that the problem will not be solved unless ArbCom reinstates the indefinite blocks on Tajik and E104421 would not be amiss looking into the disrespectful use of admin tools by AzaToth. Dmcdevit·t 04:36, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Statement by Fut.Perf.[edit]

I was involved in some previous blocks, in installing the 1RR parole of December, and in AzaToth's efforts yesterday of finding an arrangement along the lines of Durova's "community-enforceable mediation". My view of the situation: Dmcdevit's escalation of blocks was justifiable though somewhat harsher than necessary – the last, indef block coming as it did after only a single revert made since the previous unblock, in the case of E104421, and at a moment where the two were actually trying to discuss in a relatively relaxed atmosphere. AzaToth's failure to consult over the unblocking was a forgivable mistake by a new admin. His intentions in unblocking were laudable. In my preceding unblock-decline ([7]) I had already hinted at a similar possibility.

If we can help these two contributors overcoming their communication problem, it would be worth a try. They are both knowledgable and interested in an "exotic" area of learning that is not covered by many other editors (medieval central Asian ethnicities and polities). Both have a potential of making valuable contributions, in this area and also elsewhere. Both are well-intentioned, though stubborn and motivated in parts by ethnic prejudice (and especially in the case of Tajik there's an element of inflexibility and self-righteousness that's often annoying.)

I'm not quite convinced yet that the exact form of Durova's mediation model is suitable here; it's an intended experiment inspired by her recent positive experience with Piotrus and Ghirla; in the present case I believe we need a somewhat more narrowly guided approach and a more active superveillance. If Arbcom decides to consider solutions along these lines, my preference would be for a combination of mediation and mentorship (plus revert parole of course), with a mentor having the authority to impose 0RR and mediation-like processes on new dispute situations as they come up. If a more pessimistic view is to be taken, topic bans might still be more appropriate than all-out indef bans.

Fut.Perf. 05:30, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Statement by AzaToth[edit]

I'm sorry I didn't notify Dmcdevit and the noticeboard, as I should have done, I'm rather new in this kind of matter. I had the feeling as the dispute only where between Tajik and E104421, and if they could agree to a 0RR parole against each other, that would solve the problem. I belive an indefinite block on these two wouldn't be the most optimal solution, as they are good contributors, they just can't agree with each other. AzaToth 14:02, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Statement by E104421[edit]

I'm very sorry for the trouble we have brought about. I'd like to summarize how things got so complicated upto day.

The story started with my comment on the White Huns/Hephthalite article on 3 November 2006 [8]. At the very beginning, everything was going alright. We were discussing the issue peacefully until the dispute between User:Karcha and User:Tajik from other articles were carried into the White Huns. Then, the conflicts spread to other articles and a large scale edit/revert war started. At the end, all the articles were protected, User:Karcha was blocked indefinitely. On the other hand, E104421 and Tajik were imposed to the revert parole on the articles of controversy on 17 December 2006.

The Eurasian nomads - Nomads related topics are indeed controversial. For this reason, it would be impossible to choose one side's view as a consensus version. We tried to discuss the issues many times, but there is nobody else joining the discussion to help us to evaluate/compare our versions.

An Oxford academic User:Sikandarji helped at the very beginning in a very objective and constructive way, but his version (i still consider his version as the most neutral and informative one) is reverted by other users and ignored. This was not my fault. I supported his version [9] but it's impossible for me to stop all the debate alone. I should confess that i could not communicate with all the parties to reach a consensus. I could propose a solution which would equally mention all the possible hypotheses on these articles.

After the 1RR revert parole, i started editing the Xionites article on 24 November 2006[10]. Tajik joined editing on 5 December 2006[11]. This time, i tried to merge the different edits several times [12][13][14]. The edit summary and the discussion page simply reveals that E104421 and Tajik are the only contributors of this article since December 5. Although we could not built a consensus, the dispute in this article is now just a minor one related with the references and naming/terminology (Red Huns). Dmcdevit blocked us for 1 month even though we did not violate the revert parole and the 3RR rule. He could add the Xionites article into the revert parole list instead of an excessive block or comment on the talk/discussion page.

After the 1 month block, i added an unblock template and started waiting. Admin AzaToth unblocked me and then Tajik with all his good faith. After returning editing, i sent the following e-mail to Dmcdevit on 29 Mar 2007: Hi, I requested my block to be shortened by placing an unblock template (actually hoping you to review the case) but i was unblocked by the decision of another admin. Now, i started editing but keeping myself away from the ones i edited together with Tajik. I have one question, if i edit these articles, how can i avoid conflicts? cause this guy does not read the references i provided. Should i try mediation? or just making quotations from the sources would suffice? Regards, E104421. However, he never replied but instead blocked us indefinitely for a very minor change on the Turco-Mongol article which was related with the usage of the word claim [15] which is in the list of words to avoid.

I communicated with Tajik via e-mail after the indefinite block for the first time in my life, he positively stated that Dmcdevit's block is unfair and our last edits on the Turco-Mongol was not a edit war at all. I'm totally agree with him. On the other hand, Admin AzaToth tried to help to solve the issue objectively with good faith. He opened a request for mediation which we signed together with Tajik. For this reason, i consider Dmcdevit's arbitration proposal an earlier one.

E104421 15:31, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Statement by Tajik[edit]

E104421 has already explained everything. I have nothing else to add. Like him, I am very sorry for the trouble we have brought about. Tājik 17:38, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Preliminary decisions[edit]

Arbitrators' opinion on hearing this matter (5/0/0/0)[edit]

  • Accept. Kirill Lokshin 11:04, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Accept. Charles Matthews 12:33, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Accept, but put on hold to see if the community can resolve the situation. (I do not want to reject and have the case slip through the cracks.) FloNight 16:57, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Accept, per Flonight. Paul August 19:23, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Accept. - SimonP 20:06, 2 April 2007 (UTC)


1) Motion to suspend the case pending mediation. [16]

Passed 6 to 0 at 01:39, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

Final decision[edit]

All numbering based on /Proposed decision (vote counts and comments are there as well)


Dispute resolution[edit]

1) Wikipedia's dispute resolution process exists for the benefit of editors acting in good faith to resolve a disagreement. Bad-faith attempts to game the process are prohibited, and will result in sanctions against those engaging in them.

Passed 9-0 at 20:08, 29 June 2007 (UTC)


2) Wikipedia works by building consensus through the use of polite discussion. The dispute resolution process is designed to assist consensus-building when normal talk page communication has not worked. Sustained edit-warring is not an appropriate method of resolving disputes, and is wasteful of resources and destructive to morale.

Passed 8-0 at 20:08, 29 June 2007 (UTC)


3) Administrators of Wikipedia are trusted members of the community and are expected to follow Wikipedia policies. Their powers are to be used only for appropriate reasons, as set forth in those policies. (See Wikipedia:Administrators.)

Passed 8-0 at 20:08, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Administrators are responsible to the community[edit]

4) Administrators use their powers as representatives of the Wikipedia community, and as such the use of those powers is subject to observation by and comment from members of the community. Administrators are expected to respond courteously and constructively to good-faith questions about, and criticisms of, their use of administrator powers.

Passed 8-0 at 20:08, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Inappropriate unblocking[edit]

5) Administrators should follow the blocking policy when unblocking users.

Passed 8-0 at 20:08, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Findings of fact[edit]


1) Tajik (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log), having offered to engage in mediation in order to avoid a pending Arbitration case against him, created numerous sockpuppets to avoid scrutiny of his behavior and further delay the dispute resolution process.

Passed 8-0 at 20:08, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Undiscussed block reversals by AzaToth[edit]

3) On March 27 and March 30, administrator User:AzaToth reversed both standing blocks on E104421 and Tajik for edit warring [17] [18] without either discussing the matter with the blocking administrator or having a community discussion, and did not notify either after the fact. One week later when the two resumed edit warring and were both reblocked, AzaToth again immediately unblocked without any discussion [19] [20], this time despite the fact that another administrator had independently reviewed and declined unblocking E104421 [21]. In all four unblocks, AzaToth made no attempt a discussion before overturning previously uncontested blocks. See the block logs [22] [23]. When asked about the matter, he remained unresponsive, giving a single line reply and no further replies when asked.

Passed 7-0 at 20:08, 29 June 2007 (UTC)


Note: All remedies that refer to a period of time, for example to a ban of X months or a revert parole of Y months, are to run concurrently unless otherwise stated.

Ban endorsed[edit]

1) The indefinite ban of Tajik (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) is endorsed.

Passed 9-0 at 20:08, 29 June 2007 (UTC)
Abrogated 14:54, 13 September 2008 (UTC) by motion (2)

Tajik banned[edit]

2) Tajik (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) is banned from Wikipedia for a period of one year.

Passed 7-1 at 20:08, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Tajik Restricted[edit]

3)Remedy 1 in E104421-Tajik terminated and replaced with the following remedy:

Tajik (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) is placed on an editing restriction. Tajik is limited to one revert per page per week (excepting obvious vandalism), and is required to discuss any content reversions on the page's talk page. Should he exceed this limit or fail to discuss a content reversion, he may be briefly blocked, up to a month in the event of repeated violations. All blocks are to be logged at Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/E104421-Tajik#Log of blocks, bans, and restrictions.

Motion passed 8-0, 14:35, 12 September 2008 (UTC) diff

AzaToth reminded[edit]

4) AzaToth is reminded that Wikipedia operates by consensus and advised that he may wish to be more responsive to other users' reactions.

Passed 6-0 at 20:08, 29 June 2007 (UTC)


Log of blocks, bans, and restrictions[edit]

Log any block, restriction, ban or extension under any remedy in this decision here. Minimum information includes name of administrator, date and time, what was done and the basis for doing it.