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Hello. I have some concerns about this user's edits. Despite repeated warnings about adding undue material to articles, including BLPs; as well as edit warring, the user has continued this behaviour in what appears to be a clear attempt to push their POV on our wiki.

  • Examples of POV pushing in an undue fashion: here and here they made half of the article talk about the company's ties to racism; here they add a significant amount of text about how his ancestors were slave owners, even though that doesn't seem particularly relevant to the article. They did a similar thing here and also here, where they made the lead paragraph talk about the person's ancestral ties to slave owners. Also, here they make the second paragraph of a country article talk about how cruel the founders of the country was to indigenous people. This was reverted, at which point they engaged in a two-revert edit war (see below).
  • Examples of edit warring when reverted: here and here on the same article; and here, where they reverted a revert of their content by an IP editor.

It's also worth noting that the user is blocked for sockpuppetry on the English Wikipedia. Overall, I feel enough warnings have been given to the user and they show no sign of changing their behaviour, and I suggest admin action as a result. I gave them one more warning earlier, but they don't appear to be willing to work towards this wiki's goals within our policy (see here and here). --IWI (talk) 15:37, 31 January 2021 (UTC)

There hasn't been any comments made or actions taken yet. I fear this may have been missed since I posted this nearly a week ago. --IWI (talk) 10:35, 5 February 2021 (UTC)

Protection Chess master titlesEdit

Would an administrator please review the repeated vandalism on this article by an LTA, and consider protecting the article. Also to note that this LTA is doing the rounds, and enWikivoyage has a specific abuse filter that has been built to address this goose. Billinghurst (talk) 05:45, 2 February 2021 (UTC)

  Done One IP earned a free block...--Eptalon (talk) 07:25, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
They have an infinite supply of IPs, only protection would prevent the issue. With that said, the abuse has since stopped and is no longer needed. --IWI (talk) 11:30, 2 February 2021 (UTC)

Semi protection request...Edit

Of Template:!((. Nobody really has a reason to edit it (changes are not likely), and it was vandalised earlier. --IWI (talk) 11:32, 2 February 2021 (UTC)

  Done -Djsasso (talk) 13:25, 2 February 2021 (UTC)

Please remove my sysop rightsEdit

Welp, after 12-15 years of Wikipedia and a good chunk of that here on Simple, I am retiring. Please remove my sysop tools to prevent any future nefarious actions on this account. Thanks for the time and collaborative relationships, all. Only (talk) 18:23, 2 February 2021 (UTC)

@Only sorry to see you go. I hope you'll consider coming back some day DannyS712 (talk) 18:25, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
@Only: Goodbye only. I hope to see you return one day. Thanks for all the work you have done :) --IWI (talk) 18:26, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
Removed. Hope to see you back but I totally understand the need to retire. Thanks for all you did. -Djsasso (talk) 18:28, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
Thanks for all the work you did, Only. Please take care. Hiàn (talk) 18:30, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
@Djsasso: As a minor point of order, it is my understanding that user talk pages shouldn't be deleted without a good reason. User talk:Only was deleted when he deleted his other user pages under U1. --IWI (talk) 18:32, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
Yep didn't see he deleted it. I have undeleted. -Djsasso (talk) 18:36, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
@Djsasso: Thanks. He did the same on enwiki, but I'm not sure of the rules over there. --IWI (talk) 18:39, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
I will take a look over there and see. -Djsasso (talk) 18:40, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
Sorry to see you go. Thank you for all the work you did here. --Belwine💬📜 18:37, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
@Only: Terribly sorry to see you leave Wikipedia. You were a soldier here. You’ll be standing in the Wikipedia Hall of Fame, and the world’s gonna know your name, cause you burn with the brightest flame. Kind regards, KirkburnFandom (talk) 18:34, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
Only, we'll miss you. Thank you for the work you have done on our project. I wish you good luck in all your future endeavors. Vermont (talk) 18:41, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
Always sad to see. Thanks for everything, and Only the best best of luck going forward.--Gordonrox24 | Talk 20:25, 2 February 2021 (UTC)


Please protect Category talk:Joseph Stalin - significant vandalism. --Belwine💬📜 15:00, 3 February 2021 (UTC)

  Done and also deleted. Thanks. --Belwine💬📜 20:40, 3 February 2021 (UTC)


Please check the request for rollback of User:Belwine since no comment has been made after 30 January 2021.DJRC (talk) 10:29, 5 February 2021 (UTC)

Please be aware that sometimes requests are left on purpose to watch. There is no timeline on when they will be actioned. No need to post here to tell us. You also do not need to comment on them as a non-admin as its not a vote. -Djsasso (talk) 13:15, 5 February 2021 (UTC)
@TTP1233: whilst it is a feature that I would like to use to assist in my anti-vandalism activities, I am in no rush to have it right now. I can build an encyclopedia without it, so I'm focusing on doing that, instead of worrying about the rollback request. --Belwine💬📜 15:27, 5 February 2021 (UTC)
Apologies for that since I'm not aware of it.DJRC (talk) 11:16, 6 February 2021 (UTC)

Need a bit of help - Edit WarEdit


Want to let admins know about an escalating situation - user User:Hipal has welcomed me to the article Dan Pena by levying false allegations against me of undisclosed paid advocacy. They've also mass reverted my edits on the article without sufficient justification more than 3 times today (edit warring).

I'd like an admin to have a look at the exchange and resolve the conflict please.ña#Unjustified_Reverts_and_False_Accusations_of_Paid_Advocacy


Ifdc (talk) 06:02, 7 February 2021 (UTC)

@Ifdc: This is Simple English Wikipedia. Those links are on English Wikipedia, which is a separate site with its own admins. You need to ask for help over there. --Auntof6 (talk) 06:37, 7 February 2021 (UTC)

Protection of my userpageEdit

Sir/Madam, I will be on wikibreak from 13.02.2021 till 03.03.2021 because I will be having my examination. So I'm bit risk of my userpage. So can you please semi-protect my userpage within the mentioned time?--DJRC (talk) 08:56, 9 February 2021 (UTC)

@Eptalon:, I think I'm not wrong. I said semi-protect my userpage. Not full protect.DJRC (talk) 09:05, 10 February 2021 (UTC)
Fixed, note tohugh: Vandalism on other people's userpages is extremely rare here, so even this shouldn't be necessary. --Eptalon (talk) 09:27, 10 February 2021 (UTC)

RD requestEdit

This is a copyvio that needs RD1. Thanks. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 11:06, 9 February 2021 (UTC)

  Done -Djsasso (talk) 12:25, 9 February 2021 (UTC)
Thanks @Djsasso. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 12:26, 9 February 2021 (UTC)

Semi-protection on User talk:DoSazunielleEdit

See page history.. --Belwine💬📜 19:54, 9 February 2021 (UTC)

  Done. -Djsasso (talk) 20:53, 9 February 2021 (UTC)

Semi-protection on Oldest peopleEdit

Persistent vandalism from IPs. —Belwine💬📜 15:42, 11 February 2021 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a week. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:04, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
Thanks —Belwine💬📜 21:10, 11 February 2021 (UTC)

Semi-Protection for my talk pageEdit

My talk page has been vandalized by IPs twice now in 3~4 days. The latest was a redirect of my talk page. Can you semi-protect it please so IPs cannot edit my page? Thanks! PotsdamLamb (talk) 08:00, 12 February 2021 (UTC)

  Done by Eptalon (talk · contribs) Semi-protection for three months. Thanks Eptalon! PotsdamLamb (talk) 17:14, 13 February 2021 (UTC)

Protection on User talk:Belwine/Archive2020Edit

Please can you fully protect the 2020 archive of my user talk page? I don't think I'll be editing it again at all. Belwine (talk) 17:28, 12 February 2021 (UTC)

  Done --Auntof6 (talk) 17:45, 12 February 2021 (UTC)
Thanks —Belwine (talk) 19:52, 12 February 2021 (UTC)

IP User - Consistent VandalismEdit

This user has a history on commons where they were blocked for vandalism until at least April. Since they have been on here, all of their edits have been either reverted for vandalism and/or the pages they created nominated (and successful) for QD. They have received levels 1-4 and today I just issued a lvl 2 and a project disruption to them. I actually just fixed where they broke another template. (talk · contribs)

I am nominating them for indef block on simple for these behaviors. I am pinging @Belwine, ImprovedWikiImprovment: as they have also issued the warnings. If I need to move this somewhere else, I will. I also want to note, not once has the IP user acknowledged anything on the talk page.

Thanks, PotsdamLamb (talk) 18:56, 12 February 2021 (UTC)

I think they should really be blocked for 31 hours for vandalism first, before we move onto a longer block. —Belwine (talk) 19:52, 12 February 2021 (UTC)
Peterdownunder has blocked the IP for 72 hours. We don't indef IPs because blocks are intended to be against a person, and different people can use an IP. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:54, 12 February 2021 (UTC)
Thanks! PotsdamLamb (talk) 17:13, 13 February 2021 (UTC)

Protect NecropolisEdit

Excessive vandalism. Thanks much. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 18:11, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

(Non-administrator observation)   Done by Bsadowski1. Belwine (talk) 19:26, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

Creation protection of Ali sarhan shamranEdit

Due to constant recreation. Belwine (talk) 22:30, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

Preferably also add all capitalization variants of "Ali Sarhan Shamran" to the title blacklist, because it has been recreated with various differences in capitalization. JJP...MASTER![talk to] JJP... master? 22:35, 15 February 2021 (UTC)
Deleted, as recreation of deleted page (about a week ago), see the RfD. Also create-protected (autoconfirmed, for 3 months). --Eptalon (talk) 23:29, 15 February 2021 (UTC)
It's not much use if one of the users that created these articles is autoconfirmed. --IWI (talk) 23:33, 15 February 2021 (UTC)
Read en:The Minority Report a 1956 novella by Philip K. Dick (if you haven't already; there's also a movie by Steven Spielberg): We don't condemn people because they might commit a crime. We give them a trial when they have committed a crime. If said user re-creates the article, he/she can be warned and treated like a regular troublemaker. --Eptalon (talk) 23:46, 15 February 2021 (UTC)
Now the page has been recreated by an autoconfirmed account (Ameerkamal999), so please delete it as G4. JJP...MASTER![talk to] JJP... master? 15:31, 16 February 2021 (UTC)
Considering they are evading several blocks and global locks, they should be blocked as a sockpuppet. No "trial" required. --IWI (talk) 21:03, 16 February 2021 (UTC)
Currently the user is globally locked, so it's notz really our problem...--Eptalon (talk) 21:22, 16 February 2021 (UTC)
@Eptalon: And now the page has been recreated under the title of Ali Sarhan shamran. JJP...MASTER![talk to] JJP... master? 17:01, 17 February 2021 (UTC)
Fairly standard thing to happen, if you see recreations just take them with the QD tag and an admin will delete them and go from there if necessary. -Djsasso (talk) 12:10, 18 February 2021 (UTC)

Semi-protection on Min Aung HlaingEdit

Due to vandalism. --Belwine (talk) 12:25, 17 February 2021 (UTC)

Seconded, Persistent vandalism, WP:BLP violations. Recently high traffic page due to Myanmar coup. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 17:52, 17 February 2021 (UTC)
(Non-administrator observation)   Done by Operator873 on 2/17/2021 PotsdamLamb (talk) 18:02, 19 February 2021 (UTC)


Hello. Please can you hide this revision from the history as it is a copyright violation. Thanks. --Belwine (talk) 10:23, 18 February 2021 (UTC)

Done Peterdownunder (talk) 10:40, 18 February 2021 (UTC)

Semi-Protection Peter LekoEdit

There is a lot of vandalism on this article all of a sudden coming from various IPs. Can we get semi-protection on Peter Leko? Thanks PotsdamLamb (talk) 22:41, 18 February 2021 (UTC)

Its an LTA, and if they weren't on that page it would be another - not sure its needed at this point, since there are active admins online, but no objections if another admin wants to protect --DannyS712 (talk) 22:42, 18 February 2021 (UTC)
@DannyS712: - There are a lot of different IPs hitting it. Makes me think maybe an open proxy? PotsdamLamb (talk) 22:52, 18 February 2021 (UTC)
Probably... --DannyS712 (talk) 22:52, 18 February 2021 (UTC)
Wow did they seriously give you a banana and tell you to do something with it? Dang the IP can't be in'deffed. PotsdamLamb (talk) 22:53, 18 February 2021 (UTC)
Wow that did not take long! You are good @DannyS712:!! PotsdamLamb (talk) 22:57, 18 February 2021 (UTC)
  Done by Operator873 --DannyS712 (talk) 22:57, 18 February 2021 (UTC)

SP for my ArchiveEdit

Can you please Semi-protect User talk:PotsdamLamb/Archive 1 for me due to vandalism and threats? Thanks PotsdamLamb (talk) 17:56, 19 February 2021 (UTC)

Done. Macdonald-ross (talk) 13:42, 20 February 2021 (UTC)
Sorry @Macdonald-ross: that I did not see this. No one pinged me so thank you for protecting it. PotsdamLamb (talk) 04:09, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

Task for Huggle needed by adminsEdit

Admins - Please see PotsdamLamb (talk) 18:49, 19 February 2021 (UTC)

I'd just like to add a little bit of context. Wikipedia:Huggle/Config#Reporting needs to be updated to include a signature (~~~~) at the end of the lines beginning in aiv-ip and aiv-user. This is to resolve the issue of Huggle users reporting vandals to WP:VIP and not signing their posts, which appears to be a standard practice here much like it is on enwiki. I have documented this at phab:T275231, and will be tracking it from there. If any admins need any additional information, I'm more than happy to help, and can be reached on my talk page here, on enwiki, or in irc in #huggle or #wikipedia-en. Thanks! Phuzion (talk) 18:55, 19 February 2021 (UTC)
Done! Chenzw  Talk  03:04, 20 February 2021 (UTC)
Thanks @Chenzw: I tested it and it works. Phab was closed. For some reason I have a couple other issues too but I will address them with the devs first. PotsdamLamb (talk) 04:11, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

How many transclusions needed for page protection?Edit

So I was editing Template:User page and found out that although it was used on hundreds of userpages, it was not protected at all. This was alarming to me so I checked the transclusion count, which is currently at 579.

Is 500+ a good number of transclusions to justify template protection (semi)? Or is there an existing higher number? dibbydib 04:24, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

Generally on this wiki we don't protect unless there has been an issue or the template is used a very large amount typically multiple thousands. But if you are concerned with this one I can semi protect it. There is no hard and fast rule, mostly up to discretion of an admin. -Djsasso (talk) 12:46, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

Huggle task for an adminEdit

Hello Admins: Please see below per Phuzion:

ok so when I load huggle, it shows a red mark when saying loading local yaml file. PotsdamLamb: That's because simplewiki doesn't have a yaml config. WARNING: simplewiki - YAML configuration not found, falling back to deprecated config page Ideally, the simplewiki admins should convert the old WP:Huggle/Config page to WP:Huggle/Config.yaml.js like enwiki has.

Can you please ping or re me when done?

Thanks PotsdamLamb (talk) 17:22, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

Admins, if you would like I can take the current SEWP one and get it up to date keeping the configuration the same. It can also be updated to add some of the new information and the queues to ignore. Please let me know. I have no problem doing it and putting it in my sandbox for review/comments/approval. Leg work is the best. PotsdamLamb (talk) 06:28, 24 February 2021 (UTC)


Can you please SP my User:PotsdamLamb/QD_log. IP vandal Thanky PotsdamLamb (talk) 18:21, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

  Done --Auntof6 (talk) 19:36, 23 February 2021 (UTC)
Thank you Auntof6! Much appreciated! PotsdamLamb (talk) 03:34, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

Update Requested PageEdit

Hello, since we have only one red in the recent changes bar, I think we can use a new set of pages. Thanks all for contributing to turn those redlinks blue. Thanks. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 12:05, 24 February 2021 (UTC)


Hi. Please could an admin remove all revisions from the public history from here to here as they seem to contain a copyvio? Thanks. —Belwine (talk) 13:56, 24 February 2021 (UTC)