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Jimmy Hibbert page semi-protection requiredEdit

Jimmy Hibbert has been subject for months to two warring IPs attempting to add conflicting dates of birth without any citations to a reliable source. There are zero reliable sources for a date of birth for this person (I have checked extensively) and this is a biography of a living person. The IMDB bio, which is not a reliable source, actually contains both conflicting DoBs. The IPs even remove "citation needed" tags. This article should be protected from IP editing ideally for the foreseeable future. The IPs have pulled the same thing on the English WP article which is now configured to allow only autoconfirmed registered users. Voceditenore (talk) 09:47, 14 June 2021 (UTC)

  Not done Page protection (semi- or otherwise) is usually called for only when the amount of vandalism is hard to keep up with. That isn't the case here, so I'm not going to protect. I have added the page to my watchlist so I can help watch for future vandalism. --Auntof6 (talk) 23:14, 14 June 2021 (UTC)
Hi Auntof6. The thing to watch out for is not strictly vandalism. It is the repeated addition of various conflicting dates of birth (e.g. 25 Nov. 1955, 23 Nov. 1956, and 25 July 1955) none of which have a reliable source. Nor can a reliable source be found. I have now removed the latest addition. Voceditenore (talk) 09:39, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

Wikipedia as autobiography-in-real-timeEdit

Shariful Islam Naik is writing his own article in lieu of becoming notable in real life. All the "sources" are self-generated by the article's subject/author. I have tagged for speedy deletion. GPinkerton (talk) 05:50, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

Strange RfDEdit

Hi! Please review this RfD because something is very fishy there: it was closed by a fresh account, I kinda suspect sockpuppetry per PotsdamLamb's comment @wikidata. Thanks in advance! Bencemac (talk) 08:14, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

@Bencemac: Thanks for the note. I have undone the non-admin closure and left a message on the user's talk page. Even if it's not a sockpuppet, non-admin closures should be done only when there are no votes to delete. --Auntof6 (talk) 09:32, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

Request for protectionEdit

My user sandbox User:Haoreima/sandbox has been vandalized multiple times by anonymous. Please protect my sandbox page so that anonymous and user of less than 10 edits couldn't perform edit. Haoreima (talk) 12:43, 17 June 2021 (UTC)

  Done It hasn't been vandalized very many times, but I've protected it because it's in your userspace. --Auntof6 (talk) 21:28, 18 June 2021 (UTC)

open Virtual Private NetworkEdit -- (talk) 00:54, 23 June 2021 (UTC)

Files brought over from CommonsEdit

Someone has brought over one or more files from Common to this wiki without any commentary: eg: File:2005-malabar-parkeet-p.jpg

As I can't delete it, I'm unsure of what action to take. Macdonald-ross (talk) 06:26, 25 June 2021 (UTC)

(Non-administrator observation) @Macdonald-ross: all photos from Commons are automatically here. If you go to a random file on commons and then replace "" with "", you'll notice every file is transcluded from Commons to here. These are all the files that have been uploaded to this wiki. --Ferien (talk) 06:31, 25 June 2021 (UTC)
@Macdonald-ross: If you look at a file and see a tab at the top that says " View on Wikimedia Commons", then the file is not hosted here. --Auntof6 (talk) 06:55, 25 June 2021 (UTC)

Possible IP sock.Edit

I noticed an IP editor User:, which struck me as his edits are similar to the blocked User: Both did nonproductive edits, which got reverted, and then did a serious one. Both did edits on British (England) towns related to Yorkshire. The blocked account did edits on Todmorden, which is in West Yorkshire, while the non-blocked one did Doncaster, which is in South Yorkshire. Any thoughts? Etoza (?) 22:56, 25 June 2021 (UTC)

Main pageEdit

Just a heads up, looks like the main page is broken. The selected articles section just shows a red link. Looks like it was deleted and not changed, perhaps. An admin will need to update. Thanks. --Gordonrox24 | Talk 02:19, 26 June 2021 (UTC)

Seconded. GPinkerton (talk) 18:51, 26 June 2021 (UTC)
(Non-administrator observation) @Gordonrox24, GPinkerton: What seems to have happened is Anna Kournikova was demoted to a regular article and therefore Wikipedia:Very good articles/Anna Kournikova was deleted by Eptalon. Auntof6 deleted the redirect to that page – which is the Main Page/Article 9 we can currently see on the main page. No administrator moved a selected page for 9 and therefore we have no article for today. Main Page/Article 10, Main Page/Article 12 and Main Page/Article 13 have also been deleted and I believe we go through very good articles in a consecutive order, so this will be an issue tomorrow and next week too. --Ferien (talk) 19:07, 26 June 2021 (UTC)
Fixed, yeah we usually move articles to fill the gap when this happens. For some reason this time I started moving them all down instead of just moving the highest number to the gap. Apparently I wanted to make extra work for myself. -Djsasso (talk) 12:42, 29 June 2021 (UTC)
Thanks!--Gordonrox24 | Talk 20:59, 1 July 2021 (UTC)

Semi-protection requestEdit

Please semi-protect Word_processor as LTA GRP vandalism. Thanks. --SCP-2000 (talk) 08:47, 26 June 2021 (UTC)

(Non-administrator observation)   Done by Chenzw --Ferien (talk) 14:24, 26 June 2021 (UTC)


Please can an administrator semi-protect Superman for a few days due to constant editing from a WMF-banned editor? Thanks! --Ferien (talk) 15:58, 1 July 2021 (UTC)

Could an administrator protect Talk:Superman as well? The vandals seem to be vandalizing that instead now. Thanks! —TypicalWikimedian (talkcontribs) 15:53, 2 July 2021 (UTC) (talk · contribs) is continuously playing around with their talk page after being blocked. Please revoke talk page access. Thanks. —TypicalWikimedian (talkcontribs) 20:11, 2 July 2021 (UTC)

(Non-administrator observation) Talk page access revoked by Bsadowski1. --Ferien (talk) 07:54, 3 July 2021 (UTC)

2 pages that need protectionEdit

These two pages are being constantly targeted by LTA'er socks, so they should be protected:

Additionally, these pages may need to be create-protected:

Thank you. —TypicalWikimedian (talkcontribs) 18:28, 3 July 2021 (UTC)

Removal of deletion tag on Ezequiel MatthysseEdit

Non-logged in users have made many edits to the above article. They are deleting the deletion notice at the top of the page.

This is probably the creator, who is getting around a global lock. See here and here.

Quick deletion may be allowed. The page is copied from an enwiki page. See here.

Can I ask an administrator to protect the page so the tag does not keep getting removed, or delete the page (QD-A3)

Thank you

Local Variable (talk) 14:47, 5 July 2021 (UTC)

  Editor note: The page has been deleted through a request for deletion. This request may be ignored. Local Variable (talk) 13:21, 14 July 2021 (UTC)


Please clean-up and check for sleepers. Trijnstel (talk) 09:26, 7 July 2021 (UTC)

Protection for Wikipedia:IntroductionEdit

You probably know why.I am unable to keep up with the two vandals, so I request protection for this page. I'm surprised it isn't already 30/500 protected. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elytrian (talkcontribs)

This page is a test page for people to test their edits. Would defeat the purpose. The edits you reverted were not vandalism, we want people to make edits such as that there. There is a bot that regularly resets the page. -Djsasso (talk) 11:29, 8 July 2021 (UTC)
Also, just so you know for future, we don't have 30/500 protection here. --Ferien (talk) 12:42, 8 July 2021 (UTC)

Suggestion for semi-protection of Google SitesEdit

Obvious from the article title, this page is about Google Sites. Although we have several IPs who want to write about Sesame Street with spam links. Therefore I would like to suggest semi-protection to this page for several months. I would like to hear about opinions from others. MathXplore (talk) 02:42, 9 July 2021 (UTC)

Protected by Eptalon. --Ferien (talk) 07:15, 14 July 2021 (UTC)
Confirmed protection, thank you for the response. MathXplore (talk) 07:26, 14 July 2021 (UTC)

Suggestion for semi-protection of Reza HomamiEdit

Too stop people from recreating this article yet another time --Trade (talk) 00:38, 18 July 2021 (UTC)

  Not done @Trade: I don't think it has been created often enough to protect for that reason. It was created in May this year, but the time before that was last year in November. --Auntof6 (talk) 03:00, 18 July 2021 (UTC)

Mass Deletion of pagesEdit

I'd like to post this here to see if we can resolve this quickly without going back through RfD/QD tagging everything here. I'd like a mass deletion of the vast number of redirects created earlier today by 2A00:23C5:8D98:E201:6078:E3B7:FF89:2B8A based on the consenus that we do not need these pages that was discussed at this RfD. Also looks like it's probably a case of an LTA. There are a number of legitimate looking articles that should be excluded from this cleanup. --Gordonrox24 | Talk 01:39, 19 July 2021 (UTC)

To make a start, I just deleted the mass-created talk pages that had only a talk header. I would support deleting any "National <foo> of <country>" redirects that have no incoming links (which I suspect is at least the majority of these). --Auntof6 (talk) 06:24, 19 July 2021 (UTC)
I also support the mass deletion with the same condition as above. Note that the mass-creation of redirects about national things are still active.MathXplore (talk) 13:21, 19 July 2021 (UTC)
I support mass deletion, these don't appear to be useful. Rubbish computer (Talk: Contribs) 13:55, 19 July 2021 (UTC)
I would like just the redirects to be deleted. Darubrub (Let me know) 13:56, 19 July 2021 (UTC)
  Done, per the consensus here and at RfD. These redirects were not helpful. --Ferien (talk) 14:28, 19 July 2021 (UTC)
There are a few more redirects that are not in the "National x of y" format, and I'll probably bring those to RfD as they are slightly outside the scope of the old RfD. Thanks for your help, looks good. --Gordonrox24 | Talk 20:25, 19 July 2021 (UTC)

Could we also delete the redirects and talk pages from Special:Contributions/2A00:23C5:8D98:E201:50DC:D52A:1C7A:14DD? Darubrub (Let me know) 01:13, 20 July 2021 (UTC)

I don't see a big problem with this user's contributions (at least the ones that haven't already been deleted). --Auntof6 (talk) 07:17, 25 July 2021 (UTC)

Same behavior ongoing with 2A00:23C5:8D98:E201:872:510B:96C7:61FF.--Gordonrox24 | Talk 00:00, 25 July 2021 (UTC)

Redirects deleted. --Auntof6 (talk) 07:17, 25 July 2021 (UTC)

Instead of redirects, now we have lists of national things made by Special:Contributions/2A00:23C5:8D98:E201:DD5C:BDC4:9237:2C99. I think this is close to what we discussed at here. MathXplore (talk) 12:24, 28 July 2021 (UTC)


@2600:387:6:80F:0:0:0:6F: has a history of vandalism on this Wikipedia. Today, he blanked my talk page out of nowhere. He also blanked another page. Just take a look at his contributions and figure out a way to make him less disruptive. —JTZegers (talk) 02:59, 20 July 2021 (UTC)

Oh, he’s now vandalizing his own talk page. Revoke TPA!!! JTZegers (talk) 03:15, 20 July 2021 (UTC)

@JTZegers: Blocked by DannyS712. Please report to WP:VIP, our dedicated vandalism reports page, in future and you may get a quicker response. Regards, --Ferien (talk) 08:44, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
@Ferien, JTZegers: should I clear the warnings since he won't respond -- Kunjarpunch / [ t ] 15:37, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
@Kunjarpunch: There's no need to clear any messages just because someone won't respond. Blanking talk pages is something that shouldn't really be done. --Ferien (talk) 15:38, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
@Kunjarpunch:...and his edits show that he's clearly not here to build an encyclopedia. Obviously, I'm too inexperienced to be an admin, but he's demonstrated two major issues: vandalism and poor judgement. He's under the impression that black people are like gorillas, which is just racist and wrong. He knows he's under intense scrutiny yet he continues to vandalize those pages. This couldn't have gone on for much longer before it became a serious timesink. Good block, Danny.--JTZegers (talk) 15:43, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
@DannyS712: You did a good job blocking that racist JTZegers He is indeed racist look this showes that he is explicitly racist and if you look at the top it is even worse -- Kunjarpunch / [ t ] 15:45, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
@Kunjarpunch:, I was the one who caught him, so I guess I should get some credit too.--JTZegers (talk) 15:48, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
Yes, you should -- Kunjarpunch / [ t ] 15:49, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
The first time in history where I did something and no one threatened to block me.--JTZegers (talk) 15:50, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
Can the W:WP:GRAVEDANCING stop? Darubrub (Let me know) 15:52, 20 July 2021 (UTC)

 (change conflict)  There is nothing more for admins to do here. @Kunjarpunch, JTZegers: This is a relatively high traffic noticeboard so you are giving the vandal the attention they want or gravedancing. Please stop commenting on their behaviour, they are blocked. --Ferien (talk) 15:53, 20 July 2021 (UTC)

@Ferien: I guess I celebrated too early. Cheers.--JTZegers (talk) 15:54, 20 July 2021 (UTC)

Gylfi SigurðssonEdit

I'm an admin at en-Wiki. I've just placed a template on the talk page of en:Gylfi Sigurðsson and created an edit notice as Sigurðsson has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences involving a minor. As such, the subject of the article comes under en:sub judice rules. Just a heads up so that admins can assess as to whether or not a similar course of action is needed here. Mjroots (talk) 18:41, 20 July 2021 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up. We're probably a small enough wiki to avoid much disturbance here. Will add it to my watch list to monitor. --Gordonrox24 | Talk 20:31, 23 July 2021 (UTC)

Impersonation caseEdit

These accounts were created for the purpose of making the english wiki admins distrust me and reset my standard offer. Can you please block them and prove it's not me? Thanks! Darubrub (Let me know) 18:06, 21 July 2021 (UTC)

@Darubrub: An CU can assist you better. Leaderboard (talk) 18:14, 21 July 2021 (UTC)
@Leaderboard: I don't have TPA in en-wiki, so how am I supposed to do that? Darubrub (Let me know) 18:15, 21 July 2021 (UTC)
@Darubrub: Message an CU from this wiki, for instance. Or use the UTRS system to get back TPA. It is likely that cannot see the data you need. Leaderboard (talk) 18:24, 21 July 2021 (UTC)
@Leaderboard: I am banned from UTRS until August. Do I go to Ponyo I guess? Darubrub (Let me know) 18:25, 21 July 2021 (UTC)
@Darubrub: I'm not sure - I would consider waiting till August. Other users here may be able to better assist you, but asking CU is not the way to go. Leaderboard (talk) 18:31, 21 July 2021 (UTC)
I think I'll try IRC. Darubrub (Let me know) 18:35, 21 July 2021 (UTC)
Blocked all the accounts. --Ferien (talk) 18:42, 21 July 2021 (UTC)
As the IP suggested elsewhere, it was indeed Android 1123581321. --Bsadowski1 18:56, 21 July 2021 (UTC)
@Ponyo: What do you mean by Block evasion in these accounts? Darubrub (Let me know) 18:58, 21 July 2021 (UTC)
All locked now SHB2000 (talk) 12:01, 22 July 2021 (UTC)


I noticed some group of editors that were really similar (similar userpage, editing patterns). The editors first edit unrelated articles, then they edit something related to tech and companies, after which they stop editing. I suspect these might be socks that edited for promoting the articles.

These were added after this first post was made

I also found two IPs that created company articles, which are probably socks too.

I only found these today, and there are probably more of these. Etoza (?) 15:56, 24 July 2021 (UTC)

There are indeed more of these. Unfortunately mostly all of them are stale, and beyond technical evidence it's the username style and editing behavior to match. I think all of the above are socks, though I don't currently see much benefit in blocking. If they edit again, please feel free to send it to RFCU as we'd have newer data to look at. Best, Vermont (talk) 03:13, 26 July 2021 (UTC)

Semi-protection request; Donald TrumpEdit

There has been vandalism occurring on the Donald Trump page for several months. These edits have been mainly made by IP users.

A person with his political status is bound to be messed with. I am requesting a semi-protection on that page. Thank you :-) Kellis7 (talk) 15:13, 25 July 2021 (UTC)

I have semi-protected the page for two months (despite the fact that the bots do a good job at reverting graffitti edits). --Eptalon (talk) 16:32, 25 July 2021 (UTC)