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IP copying pages from en.wikiEdit

See North Shields and then North Shields on en.wiki. The IP has been copying lead sections from en.wiki article and then making pages with them. — Preceding unsigned comment added by -noah- (talkcontribs) 13:27, 24 March 2021 (UTC)

Was it reverted? SoyokoAnis - talk 17:46, 14 April 2021 (UTC)
When the language is simple, it is perfectly acceptable to copy things from the English Wikipedia. However, attribution is preferred. I've added an attribution template. --Ferien (talk) 17:51, 14 April 2021 (UTC)
And I have edited the page, which now explains some points about the town. A good idea is to address the readers' unspoken questions. Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:46, 1 May 2021 (UTC)

User:Yaakov Wa.Edit

Would like to discuss User:Yaakov Wa.. This user been banned from the English Wikipedia by the community, and as such is subject to our one strike rule. The user has been here for less than a day and has already engaged in an edit war at Wikipedia:Vandalism in progress/header even after stating they wouldn't revert again. They went so far as to actually create an account to revert for the third time over a rather needless change. This early pattern indicates to me that the user has no interest in being a collaborative member of our team. Their ban at EN is for a very similar behaviour pattern, taking ownership of a subject and reverting changes from others. I believe this is grounds enough for us to block the user on this Wikipedia as well. --Gordonrox24 | Talk 22:59, 22 April 2021 (UTC)

I agree. Blocked indefinitely. --IWI (talk) 23:08, 22 April 2021 (UTC)

IP User: 170.78.161.22Edit

The IP user:170.78.161.22 has received numerous warnings in the past three days (see https://simple.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:170.78.161.22&action=history) where they have deleted all the warnings without fixing the issues and continues to make the same mistakes. Since they have seen the warnings about not adding sources and blanking pages (evident by deleting the warnings), I recommend a one-week ban on the IP. Thanks PotsdamLamb (talk) 15:47, 23 April 2021 (UTC)

I'd recommend reporting to WP:VIP if they continue the disruptive editing. Darubrub (Let me know) 15:48, 23 April 2021 (UTC)
VIP is if in progress. This particular is a total of three days. PotsdamLamb (talk) 16:03, 23 April 2021 (UTC)
Because IPs can be different people we can only really deal with what is actively happening on them. If they are actively editing in an unacceptable way we will block them. I should point out, while we do want sources for information in articles, a source doesn't have to be put into an article for everything added immediately, only for things that are likely to be questioned. -Djsasso (talk) 15:49, 23 April 2021 (UTC)
A lot of what they are adding is coming up as a copyvio and the blanking of articles. PotsdamLamb (talk) 16:03, 23 April 2021 (UTC)
Blocked for 6 months by Djsasso PotsdamLamb (talk) 09:13, 9 May 2021 (UTC)

Are you in the right place? sectionEdit

Why are the last three lines so tiny? PotsdamLamb (talk) 15:50, 23 April 2021 (UTC)

Probably because they always have been. Doubt there is any profound reason, just the way it was done. I went back to 2018 and it hasn't been changed since at least then. --Gordonrox24 | Talk 00:27, 24 April 2021 (UTC)

User talk:BiggbosstodayEdit

Is a G11, already tagged, user removed tag. Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 02:35, 30 April 2021 (UTC)

Android 2113853211Edit

This user has been creating a few issues this week - especially in tagging articles for QD without valid reason, and issuing warning notices to the the creators of the articles. I am seeing a pattern of disruptive editing here. Does someone else want to check out Android 2113853211 and see if I am just being cranky - I mean fancy pointing out a typo when I gave them a warning about inappropriate QD notices :) . Peterdownunder (talk) 10:30, 30 April 2021 (UTC)

(Non-administrator observation) I found the warning on your talk page very pedantic as soon as I saw it and funnily enough, the warning was also technically wrong as it is referring to articles. I also noticed a bad QD request the other day, and informed them on their talk page, that whilst I was out and about, I saw them tag a page with only one word an attack page. I looked in the history and it was absolutely not an attack page. I think that Android 2113853211 can be a good editor when they put their mind to it but I don't think pointing out editors' typos instead of fixing their own mistakes is the best idea. Regarding the deletion issues, they just need to read the WP:Deletion policy again very carefully. --Ferien (talk) 19:26, 30 April 2021 (UTC)
Another non-admin observation, but something doesn't sit right with me here. We've got a brand new user account with no edits on any other wikis who within 5 days of showing up is making changes to our pages about checkusers, oversighters and sockpuppetry. Even creating Wikipedia:SOCKING. We then see a pattern of questionable behavior with QD requests, continuing with incorrectly templating the regulars more than once. I don't know what all of this means, but it feels odd.--Gordonrox24 | Talk 00:12, 1 May 2021 (UTC)
(Non-administrator observation) I am also having issues with Android 2113853211 on Wikimedia Commons, I left them a question on their talkpage, and they have not replied here or on commons, In this case, I will have to nominate their images for possible copyvio deletion because it is not likely to be their own work. see commons:File:4.1.2 S2 home screen.png --Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 00:28, 1 May 2021 (UTC)
(Non-administrator observation) I’ll just go with what Ferien said. He should just probably read WP:QD and WP:STUB again clearly. Darubrub (Let me know) 21:27, 1 May 2021 (UTC)

User is now globally locked as a sock of w:User:Android 1123581321. So I guess this is all moot now. Darubrub (Let me know) 16:58, 13 May 2021 (UTC)

Rename requestEdit

Can somebody please move Category:Bamboo species to Category:Bamboo? 73.158.20.40 (talk) 01:10, 1 May 2021 (UTC)

Why? The category lists species. It doesn't have any general information about bamboo. --Auntof6 (talk) 07:55, 1 May 2021 (UTC)
I think it should be changed so it includes everything about bamboo. 2601:640:4000:3170:C89:5133:5230:82CF (talk) 08:13, 1 May 2021 (UTC) (same person, different IP)
Do we have other articles about bamboo, besides the species articles? If we do, then there can be a separate category for that, which can be a parent category of this one. --Auntof6 (talk) 09:16, 1 May 2021 (UTC)
Isn't that different than any other type of organism? Well, I think the only other article is bamboo. 2601:640:4000:3170:91FB:8806:3F15:895B (talk) 15:11, 1 May 2021 (UTC)

Uploaded rightsEdit

I am requesting uploaded rights for a short period to upload a file for a page I am updating. Thanks :) RPBG 💬 🖊 19:12, 4 May 2021 (UTC)

@RPBG: You should be able to upload on commons. Files are rarely uploaded here. See Special:ListFiles, all of these (apart from the logo of our wiki) are spoken articles. --Ferien (talk) 19:15, 4 May 2021 (UTC)
@RPBG: You do not need any special rights. Use the upload file wizard located on your left tool bar and answer all the questions. PotsdamLamb (talk) 19:15, 4 May 2021 (UTC)

Ok, thank you. @PotsdamLamb: You spelt my name wrong. It’s RPBG. RPBG 💬 🖊 19:19, 4 May 2021 (UTC)

It was fixed PotsdamLamb (talk) 19:20, 4 May 2021 (UTC)

  Done Uploaded. RPBG 💬 🖊 19:53, 4 May 2021 (UTC)

IP Attacking RaceEdit

2603:8001:400:2:C5B9:81A3:EC44:4590 keeps attacking articles about "Black people" and linking their articles to things like demons and such. See talk here User_talk:2603:8001:400:2:C5B9:81A3:EC44:4590. I think an immediate block is needed. PotsdamLamb (talk) 19:30, 4 May 2021 (UTC)

That was quick, DannyS712 has already dealt with it. --Ferien (talk) 19:30, 4 May 2021 (UTC)
Already blocked. In the future, WP:VIP is probably a better place to post --DannyS712 (talk) 19:31, 4 May 2021 (UTC)
@DannyS712: I was thinking that but typically it does not get much attention but once or twice a day and because of the nature of the posts, I felt it better to post here due to attacking a race and not your typical vandalism plus a lot of time I see not done no changes since so and so. PotsdamLamb (talk) 14:49, 5 May 2021 (UTC)

Cross Wiki SpamEdit

We have an article Sasha Milivoyev from what appears to be a sock farm with multiple articles deleted. Someone tagged it RfD, I feel it should be a QD. What are the admin thoughts? Thanks! PotsdamLamb (talk) 16:52, 6 May 2021 (UTC)

  • IP 105.192.52.129 keeps removing the RFD tag. They have done it three times now. Can we get a block please? PotsdamLamb (talk) 17:38, 6 May 2021 (UTC)
  • Add user:Snekisneki to this as well please for the same reason. PotsdamLamb (talk) 17:46, 6 May 2021 (UTC)
  • I'll keep an eye on it for a little while. By the way, we do have a warning for this specific situation. It's not integrated into Twinkle like the ones for QDs, but you can use {{uw-rfd}} manually (just be sure to substitute it). --Auntof6 (talk) 17:54, 6 May 2021 (UTC)
  • And now the IP is blocked. --Auntof6 (talk) 17:56, 6 May 2021 (UTC)
I typically don't template IPs, only user accounts. PotsdamLamb (talk) 18:00, 6 May 2021 (UTC)
  • @Auntof6: The article creator is globally locked for spam and I am sure others will follow as I am reporting them to VIP for removing the RFD tag. They are not making any other changes except to remove the tag. Thanks! PotsdamLamb (talk) 17:59, 6 May 2021 (UTC)
  • @PotsdamLamb: That doesn't answer my question. To QD, it needs to fit one of the defined QD options. We don't have one for articles created by globally locked users. --Auntof6 (talk) 18:05, 6 May 2021 (UTC)
  • @Auntof6: Would it not be G5 (G5. Creations by banned or blocked users)? PotsdamLamb (talk) 18:10, 6 May 2021 (UTC)
  • @PotsdamLamb: We don't have that option here. G5 here is a placeholder. --Auntof6 (talk) 18:13, 6 May 2021 (UTC)
  • @Auntof6: Can we get protection on this article please until the RFD is completed? IPs keep removing the RFD. PotsdamLamb (talk) 06:29, 7 May 2021 (UTC)
  • @Auntof6: I wanted to follow up on getting this semi-protected since IP addresses keep removing the RFD notice. Thanks PotsdamLamb (talk) 07:08, 10 May 2021 (UTC)

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@PotsdamLamb: Semi-protected for a week, to cover the period of the RfD. --Auntof6 (talk) 08:43, 10 May 2021 (UTC)

Thank you Auntof6 PotsdamLamb (talk) 08:51, 10 May 2021 (UTC)

King ArthurEdit

Someone semi-protect this page. It has been vandalized by IPs and SPAs. Darubrub (Let me know) 12:33, 7 May 2021 (UTC)

Djsasso took care of it. --Auntof6 (talk) 12:41, 7 May 2021 (UTC)

Rollback PermissionsEdit

Admins - Please see My request for rollback. Thanks! PotsdamLamb (talk) 07:10, 10 May 2021 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for deletion/Requests/2021/Edwin Symonowicz (2nd nomination)Edit

Can someone check on what is going on with the page? I see multiple IPs going there for a single purpose to vote for keep while registered users vote for delete. Darubrub (Let me know) 12:30, 12 May 2021 (UTC)

Somebody reverted almost all of my editsEdit

This person reverted almost all of my edits: Special:Contributions/2601:1C2:200:B610:B434:9660:B1E0:1BC3.

These are (mostly) my edits: Special:Contributions/2601:640:4000:3170:C457:3823:3D76:644D/64.

-2601:640:4000:3170:C457:3823:3D76:644D (talk) 15:49, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
@2601:640:4000:3170:C457:3823:3D76:644D: Some of those edits were changing cat from Beetle to Polyphaga. That user probably made a reasonable revert. Darubrub (Let me know) 15:51, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
Yeah, the reverts seem to be reasonable, and at least some of your edits seem to be incorrect. --Ferien (talk) 15:53, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
@Darubrub, Ferien: It needs to be consistent. Polyphaga is a suborder of beetles. Either 1) Delete the category "Polyphaga"; 2) Move all polyphaga beetles out of category "Beetles" into category "Polyphaga" (like I did); or 3) Put all polyphaga beetles into both these categories. By the way, the edits before those, that got reverted, were putting plants in more specific categories. 2601:640:4000:3170:C457:3823:3D76:644D (talk) 15:56, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
I see, maybe you can ask them why they did that and see if the reasoning is good enough. Darubrub (Let me know) 16:05, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
Just picking one of them: here. What does adding a link to a specific version of Dalai Lama have to do either with Boxing, or physical fitness? - you gave no lnink, so it is clear that when somene saw this, they judged it was graffitti and reverted it. --Eptalon (talk) 15:53, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
I'm definitely not tempted to do a mass rollback now I know this IP editor has been reverting long-term abuse. It gives me more of an impression that their changes are acceptable. --Ferien (talk) 15:56, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
@Ferien, Eptalon: Actually I removed that link. It was put in by a vandal. Click the link and you'll see it looks like one of the common LTA vandalisms on this website. 2601:640:4000:3170:C457:3823:3D76:644D (talk) 15:57, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
Sorry, I know it's confusing because we are both IP's which start with the same numbers. Add "/64" to the end of my contributions and you'll see which edits are mine. 2601:640:4000:3170:C457:3823:3D76:644D (talk) 15:58, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
@2601:640:4000:3170:C457:3823:3D76:644D: Yes, I am aware of the editor and what he does to this wiki.
I recommend leaving a message on User talk:2601:1C2:200:B610:B434:9660:B1E0:1BC3, they may explain why they reverted your category edits. --Ferien (talk) 15:59, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
If they don't respond, then somebody else will have to choose if they want to restore my edits. All my edits were accurate. 2601:640:4000:3170:C457:3823:3D76:644D (talk) 16:06, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
  • I'll just comment one this: Beetles are the largest group of insects by far. It is wholly appropriate to have subgroups of beetles, the largest of which is the Polyphaga. Obviously the most concise category is the lower one if it is appropriate. Thus Polyphaga should be the category in all cases where the beetle is in the Polyphaga. This also fits with "Follow En wiki" except that they take this process even further in their system of categories. Macdonald-ross (talk) 17:05, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
    @Macdonald-ross: Then should the edits be restored? 2601:640:4000:3170:C457:3823:3D76:644D (talk) 17:43, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
    The general principle is that all pages go into the most precise categories that we have. Therefore beetles in the Polyphaga go into the Polyphaga unless there is an even more precise category (which there is not on this wiki). We do not take the taxonomic categories so far as do En wiki because we have relatively so few pages. Basically, you can leave the page as it is now so far as categories are concerned. Macdonald-ross (talk) 18:14, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
    @Macdonald-ross: The edits were to put beetles in the "Polyphaga" category, but somebody reverted them. For example, I did this edit: [1], and then somebody reverted it. 2601:640:4000:3170:E878:FC13:312:ABD6 (talk) 18:17, 13 May 2021 (UTC)

Zoom29912Edit

Requesting block. Sockpuppet from over on Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Zjholder. Magitroopa (talk) 16:40, 13 May 2021 (UTC)

(Non-administrator observation) Blocked by Bsadowski1. --Ferien (talk) 18:16, 13 May 2021 (UTC)

Citation Creator - JournalEdit

When I am doing a citation using the maker for Journal, the access-date is not coming up correctly causing an error. It should be (example) |access-date=30 May 2085 but it comes up as |accessdate=30 May 2085 and throws an error. Is this something you can fix or should I send it to the tech team? PotsdamLamb (talk) 17:58, 13 May 2021 (UTC)

Possible blacklisting?Edit

Hello! I would like to know if possible, a website called freaktofit.com be blacklisted since I see multiple IPs adding it as links to articles without using a method of citing the website as a sources. An article about it has been deleted too. Darubrub (Let me know) 17:43, 14 May 2021 (UTC)

I now think this source is certainly unreliable after looking at this diff. Darubrub (Let me know) 18:32, 14 May 2021 (UTC)
I agree with @Darubrub: - It is being inserted by numerous IPs and has been reverted by numerous editors, including SysOps. PotsdamLamb (talk) 15:37, 15 May 2021 (UTC)