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Urgent Block needed on LTA pleaseEdit

I also posted on VIP

Administrator impersonator towards Operator873Edit

  • @Operator873:. User:Operate273 see their talk page User_talk:Operate273 and it directs people to see the discussion on another new users page User:SpongeBoy67238. I think both need to be permanently banned with no TP or email access. PotsdamLamb (talk) 23:38, 25 May 2021 (UTC)
    Taking part in this community is something I wanna do. I was only trying to prevent impersonation of User:Operator873. Apologies, I was not sure how to use that template to specify that it was a doppleganger account. SpongeBoy67238 (talk) 23:41, 25 May 2021 (UTC)
    I am not buying it and neither will the admins. PotsdamLamb (talk) 23:43, 25 May 2021 (UTC)
    I think a soft indef on that account will do just fine unless the user vandalizes on it. Darubrub (Let me know) 00:40, 26 May 2021 (UTC)
    Not for impersonating an admin :) PotsdamLamb (talk) 00:41, 26 May 2021 (UTC)
    The only edits I see are just adding the doppelgänger template, I don’t see stuff like fake block threats, etc. Darubrub (Let me know) 00:43, 26 May 2021 (UTC)
    That doesn’t matter much especially when they say it’s authorized and to see the talk of another newly created account around the same time. PotsdamLamb (talk) 00:44, 26 May 2021 (UTC)
  • (Non-administrator observation) Both accounts globally locked. Darubrub (Let me know) 14:49, 26 May 2021 (UTC)
  • (Non-administrator observation) If someone was creating a doppelgänger account though, it should be blocked as it should never have to be used. The whole point of doppelgänger accounts is that they never edit, they're just to prevent impersonations on common typos. Operate273 isn't very close to the username Operator873. Also, I think that doppelgänger accounts should be created by the person who would be impersonated. So in this, it'd be Operator873. Anyway, globally locked now as Darubrub says so any more action is pointless... --Ferien (talk) 15:40, 26 May 2021 (UTC)
@Darubrub: Both accounts are blocked by Bsadowski1 as well. C4Bomb2024 Talk 08:24, 29 May 2021 (UTC)

Something funky and it screams Duck, DuckEdit

As everyone knows, we have an RfD due to close soon, however, based on both behavioral evidence and patterns, the article should be deleted for a number of reasons:

A. Article in question: Nima Owji (Developer); RfD at Wikipedia:Requests for deletion/Requests/2021/Nima Owji (Developer)

i. User Namnak [created] this article who, for one, has a COI on the article.
 a. Namnak is a suspected sock puppet of en:User:Niocs whom clearly states they have a COI on this article on their user page.
ii. Mohadic created an account and has only made one edit right after it was created and that was to the RfD for a keep. They have made no other changes. This is a lock evasion, also of Niocs who used the account name of Rezadelavari see locked log here.
 iii. Kasra.9nor same as ii above. Also a lock evasion of Rezadelavari. There is a great explanation on the request at Global “Cross-wiki spammer. This is User:Niocs, who spams autobiographies of himself cross-wiki. He was previously locked as Special:CentralAuth/Rezadelavari and Special:CentralAuth/Mohammadrezaliaghat. See, for example, Simple:Nima Owji (Developer) (from this sock) vs Commons:File:NimaOwji.jpg and wikidata:Q96197177 (from previous self-promoting socks). NinjaRobotPirate (talk) 12:09, 27 May 2021 (UTC)[reply]

The entire RfD is going down the drain IMO but since these are global socks (waiting on stewards to block them) I feel we should close out the RfD as delete, delete the article, block all three users based on being here for self-promoting and global block evasion. Again, that’s my thoughts. Thanks! PDL PotsdamLamb (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 08:04, 29 May 2021‎ (UTC)

There's no reason to quickly close the deletion request in my opinion. RfDs are based on consensus and these accounts have not really given good reasons to keep the article. There is consensus to delete the article but we should wait until the 7 days are up in case any reasonable reasons are given to keep the article. --Ferien (talk) 09:55, 29 May 2021 (UTC)
I forgot we don’t have G5 here. PotsdamLamb (talk) 14:23, 29 May 2021 (UTC)
There was one RfD in which multiple proxies voted keep for illegitimate reasons. I guess it would be the same here. Darubrub (Let me know) 14:28, 29 May 2021 (UTC)
Article has been deleted anyway. Single edit voters already reported to stewards. Stale. Darubrub (Let me know) 17:45, 31 May 2021 (UTC)

Semi-Protection - PermanentEdit

Can we SP permanently Names for ordinal numbers as IPs are constantly vandalizing it. Thanks! PotsdamLamb (talk) 15:30, 29 May 2021 (UTC)

I mean... the page has less than 50 edits since 2016. Not exactly out of control there.--Gordonrox24 | Talk 18:53, 29 May 2021 (UTC)
@Gordonrox24: The problem is they keep linking and changing things around. It has become a nuisance lately. Even just an SP for a week or two is fine with me. PotsdamLamb (talk) 18:59, 29 May 2021 (UTC)


Hi admins,

I wanted to know if you had something similar to Wikipedia Dashboard that puts all of the information in one place for you to access. If not, I can custom create one for simple based on our needs here (i.e. remove things we do not use like ARBCOM, etc.). Please let me know. PotsdamLamb (talk) 18:13, 29 May 2021 (UTC)

We've got Wikipedia:RecentChanges that should be displaying for you on Special:recentchanges, and it has basically every discussion page. We only have 6 to begin with. AN/ST/RfP/RfD/PVA.--Gordonrox24 | Talk 18:53, 29 May 2021 (UTC)
@Gordonrox24: I am very well aware of recent changes. Thank you for bringing that up. The dashboard is not what you are talking about. If you look at the dashboard link I provided, it lists everything on one page instead of having to go to each and everyone to see what is pending. There are also user permissions, RfAs, etc. Thank you for your comments. PotsdamLamb (talk) 19:02, 29 May 2021 (UTC)
Right.... that's exactly what is on the recent changes page. What discussion or pending task do we have that isn't already posted there? Even the EN dashboard doesn't actually list every discussion, only the most recent. What do you propose to put on our dashboard that isn't already shown at Recent Changes? We simply don't have the same volume of discussions that EN has, creating another page when they are already all posted at one location just doesn't seem to make much sense to me. Like I said, we've probably only got 6 semi-active discussion pages on the entire Wikipedia. As a point of order, as this really isn't something that an admin has to make an action on, WP:ST would have been the more correct location. --Gordonrox24 | Talk 19:08, 29 May 2021 (UTC)

SP for Yo Gabba Gabba!Edit

Can we get SP on this page please? Numerous IP editors keep changing things around to suit their preferences on colors, characters vs. main characters, etc. Thanks! PotsdamLamb (talk) 19:51, 30 May 2021 (UTC)

Not going into details here. Looking at a diff between ChenzwBot reverting, and the most recent edit (27 edits later), these look generally constructive(here). So where's the problem? -Many small edits, a number of IPv6 editors? - I currently see no reason to protect the page. --Eptalon (talk) 20:26, 30 May 2021 (UTC)
If you look the two IPs keep changing ==Main Characters == to == Characters == and back again between them. They also keep changing who is friends with who. Granted these are minor edits but when one adds the other subtracts and replaces with their opinion. So you see like +6, -3, 0, etc. PotsdamLamb (talk) 20:39, 30 May 2021 (UTC)

Attention oversightersEdit

You've got mail at the oversighters' mailbox. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:51, 31 May 2021 (UTC)

I took care of it. Just need to make sure you revdel the in between edits as well, not just the add and remove. Thanks for letting us know. -Djsasso (talk) 22:42, 31 May 2021 (UTC)
Thanks. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:59, 31 May 2021 (UTC)

Rollback requestsEdit

There are currently two requests in WP:RFP/R that are currently not processed. Darubrub (Let me know) 14:38, 2 June 2021 (UTC)

Just something to keep in mind is that no action on request doesn't necessarily means not processed. It often means no admin is willing to give the tool. -Djsasso (talk) 14:42, 2 June 2021 (UTC)
Ok. Darubrub (Let me know) 14:42, 2 June 2021 (UTC)

Inappropriate namesEdit

A vandal is spam-creating accounts with inappropriate-for-Wikipedia names. Please take a look at them. Etoza (?) 12:16, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

Are you referring to this? Darubrub (Let me know) 12:18, 3 June 2021 (UTC)
Yes, exactly. There's 20 of them. Etoza (?) 12:19, 3 June 2021 (UTC)
And now they are being used to create vandal pages. Darubrub (Let me know) 12:23, 3 June 2021 (UTC)
Inappropriate usernames can be reported to WP:VIP. I believe this one is evading a global lock too. --Ferien (talk) 12:28, 3 June 2021 (UTC)
  Global locks requested --Ferien (talk) 12:37, 3 June 2021 (UTC)
Can you merge your request to mines? Darubrub (Let me know) 12:39, 3 June 2021 (UTC)
Yeah I've just undone mine. Apologies for the duplicate. --Ferien (talk) 12:41, 3 June 2021 (UTC)
is this the user's 29th account now? SHB2000 (talk) 12:40, 3 June 2021 (UTC)
Yes. Yes it is. Darubrub (Let me know) 12:41, 3 June 2021 (UTC)
Out of my entire time here on any WMF project, the next closest one that I know isn't even close to making this many consecutive accounts within a short timeframe. SHB2000 (talk) 12:42, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

(Non-administrator observation)All accounts globally suspended. Darubrub (Let me know) 13:28, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

Yeah they are all blocked now and the name is blocked from future creation. -Djsasso (talk) 13:32, 3 June 2021 (UTC)
Yeah we have a user on Wikivoyage who constantly creates a brand new account for every edit for the last three years. Usually 2-6 new accounts a day. As far as I can tell, I'm not so sure on how you can create accounts so quickly, 52 in a period of around 10mins. SHB2000 (talk) 13:44, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

Username ViolationEdit

User:The Real Khabar Username matches a news website; username appears to represent company PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 17:31, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

Direct copy by IP from en to simEdit

User Talk: is directly copying numerous articles from en to sim without any attribution simplification or even cleaning them up some. I have notified them with helpful advice, however, they are not responding in the fashion they should as they are still doing it. At this point I am not sure what to do besides going and tagging them all QD for either copyright or from another project. Can an admin please advise me? The articles are 96% to 100% matches. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 21:25, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

I nominated some of his articles for QD. One of them is Tournament of Elements. Animalguy7 (talk) 21:37, 3 June 2021 (UTC).
I think we need a mass deletion. I have tagged a lot of his articles with QD tags and it is getting monotonous. Animalguy7 (talk) 21:43, 3 June 2021 (UTC).
@Animalguy7 Sorry just catching up. Yeah, just let them go and await an admin. They have tools that one or two clicks and they are all gone. I wouldn't waste your time because the user is not caring. I also tagged them at VIP just now. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 21:51, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

@PotsdamLamb: Thanks. Animalguy7 (talk) 21:53, 3 June 2021 (UTC).

yuppers PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 21:54, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

Semi Protection of Wikipedia:NotabilityEdit

Hello. On the wikipedia policy about notability there as been a lot of vandalism. A bunch of IPs are adding notability tags to it and changing the template "nutshell" to "nutcracker". Many of them have been blocked for long-term abuse and block evasion, but the long-term abuse user keeps hopping onto different IPs. I suggest indef semi protection so all these abusive IPs can't edit the page. Thanks, Animalguy7 (talk) 01:02, 5 June 2021 (UTC).

Just a thought, an admin may still decide to protect, but it's a relatively low number of edits probably from the same person on different IPs. Makes me think protecting the page will just move their vandalism to another page. It's probably less about the page itself and more about just messing with us. Continuing to block is probably the more effective solution. --Gordonrox24 | Talk 05:42, 5 June 2021 (UTC)
  Not done Yeah, we try to protect only when the amount of vandalism is hard to keep up with. This is not at that level. --Auntof6 (talk) 05:48, 5 June 2021 (UTC)
Hi Auntof6 - I noticed you did put a SP on that page, however, it expired on the 6th of this month. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 17:03, 6 June 2021 (UTC)
@PotsdamLamb: Look again. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:31, 6 June 2021 (UTC)
Thank you ma'am! Why don't we do that to all of our policy and guideline pages? PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 20:33, 6 June 2021 (UTC)
@PotsdamLamb: On Wikipedia, protection is seen as a last resort; as little as possible should be protected. I try to look at it as a necessary evil. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:40, 6 June 2021 (UTC)
Okies. That is one way to put it. Watching everything going on simple is def GIGO. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 20:41, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

Possible global lock evasionEdit

There is a global lock on a user who keeps creating the Muhammad Zaid article. I started researching this and found the global sock leads back to en:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations/Zaid_Zayd/Archive. I have seen this article has been created by the same globally blocked user. It was created again today by Logogresta (not tagging user at this point). They also created Mahmood Ul Hassan (I put in for an RfD but based on what I see on EN wiki, this is indeed a fictitious person, so I am going to QD instead.) Based on the history of the globally locked and en wiki 100 sock puppets, I am assuming this is the same person. Here is the global information on the locked account. They show this as a spam only account. I am wondering:

  1. What do others think?
  2. Should I do a global request for checkuser?
  3. Can we temporarily block the user?

Thanks in advance for giving me thoughts, PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 17:30, 5 June 2021 (UTC)

  Global locks requested: User CU blocked on en-wiki. Darubrub (Let me know) 13:34, 7 June 2021 (UTC)

Open ProxyEdit

    • Not a proxy - - Constant edit war to insert ethos-nationalist views. However, the ones that are proxies are supporting the non-proxies ethos-nationalist views. Thanks, PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 16:47, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

  Comment I have put in a request on Meta/Stewards for a global block on the two open proxies. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 17:04, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

SP for CheeseEdit

Due to an ongoing edit war with numerous IPs, can we SP Cheese please? PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 19:27, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

Warning TemplatesEdit

For some reason, when I posted a mos warning level 1 on a users talk page, the page name in the warning was malformed. It displayed on the warning as {{:Leonardo da Vinci}} instead of just Leonardo da Vinci. Can an admin go through the templates please and ensure they are correctly formatted? I am not sure what to do with them or the coding behind them (yet). Thank you so much. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 00:23, 7 June 2021 (UTC)

@PotsdamLamb: Can you help us out and link to the page with the specific problem so we can get an idea of what to look for? And besides that, are all those templates protected? Does it really need an admin to do this? --Auntof6 (talk) 01:18, 7 June 2021 (UTC)
@Auntof6 I put it here so anyone can help rather than on simple talk where it will get more visibility from everyone which could lead to further problems. I wish they were protected as I have run into this problem on numerous occasions. The page I put the warning on is original formatting --> and the after my manual change PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 01:23, 7 June 2021 (UTC)
@PotsdamLamb: Well, please post things here only for things that require an admin. Thanks. --Auntof6 (talk) 01:25, 7 June 2021 (UTC)
Ok It is my hope you would protect these (or even SP) as they do see some vandalism (maybe not much) but people go and change them and then this happens. Most edits I see are from IP editors for ones I have found because they come up in huggle. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 01:27, 7 June 2021 (UTC)

Replace user pageEdit

Could an admin replace User:Russavia and User talk:Russavia with {{WMF-legal banned user}}? These pages are currently sysop-protected. Thanks. --Ferien (talk) 18:27, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

Any particular reason you think we should switch away from the exact code the WMF placed on their pages? (and I realize its essentially the same thing) -Djsasso (talk) 02:27, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
Also, I think people are spending too much time and effort flagging user and user talk pages this way. The pages don't have to be flagged at all. Admins, stewards, etc. will decide if they need flagging; other users can just leave the pages alone so they don't "rub salt in the wound". --Auntof6 (talk) 02:39, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
Yep this is very true, non-admins shouldn't really be adding any templated flags like sockpuppet etc to pages of already blocked sockpuppets. Often such things are left off by admins on purpose. -Djsasso (talk) 02:45, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
The logo used in WMF-banned notices has changed to a black Wikimedia logo. And also it adds the page to the correct category Category:Wikipedians banned by the Wikimedia Foundation. I agree, I don't think that we should spend time sock tagging. The reason I requested this here was just to fix the issues. --Ferien (talk) 15:48, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
  Done but I wouldn't worry too much about changing such things. -Djsasso (talk) 20:06, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Page DeleteEdit

The article was deleted, the talk page was not. The user who created it is globally locked. Page is Talk:Nima_Owji_(Developer). Thank you. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 21:32, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

I nominated it for QD with G8 criteria. Animalguy7 ("Message me! · What have I done?) 21:44, 8 June 2021 (UTC).

Fake/Non-notable article IP editor.Edit

User: User: These accounts (probably socks of the same vandal) are dedicated to creating hoax/non-notable articles. This has been going on for quite some time, so it's an LTA problem now. I'm requesting a block. Etoza (?) 09:43, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

.158 - Blocked for one week on June 9 by Peterdownunder; .155 blocked for 2 weeks by Macdonald-ross. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 18:44, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

Spam articlesEdit

I'd recommend blocking the Farhan Rana Rajpoot Youtube title (I forgot the actual name for this process, I hope it's understandable) since it's getting recreated by the same editor over and over (one copy was already deleted today). Etoza (?) 16:38, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

  Done Operator873 connect 16:41, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

Deletion requestEdit

Hi. Could you please delete this page‎ as the creator keeps on removing the QD template? The page has been deleted several times at QD and a couple at RfD. Thanks! --Ferien (talk) 17:19, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

  Done by Macdonald-ross, thanks! --Ferien (talk) 19:34, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

Temp SP PleaseEdit

As I am doing major changes to the article Anti-tobacco movement in Nazi Germany I would like to request temporary semi for a couple of days. While working on it, an IP vandalized it 3 times, including one blanking. This will help me so I do not have to stop and revert it back. I would appreciate it very much. 2 or 3 days is fine with me. I plan on being done tomorrow but may go until Saturday. Thanks. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 18:43, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

We generally don't protect for very low amounts of vandalism like this. -Djsasso (talk) 02:25, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
And you can always copy it to a sandbox to work on. --Auntof6 (talk) 02:40, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Not allowed accessEdit

No one I allowed access to data files pictures messages changing accounts passwords passcodes are anything that has to do with owners privacy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nolovejoe44 (talkcontribs) 23:33, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

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)