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ChenzBot RetiredEdit

I think you guys should notice that the anti-vandal bot has taken a break. Zaxxon0 (talk) 19:10, 24 April 2019 (UTC)

We need some sort of backup bot, or to replace it entirely as Chenzw is semi/inactive. Vermont (talk) 19:16, 24 April 2019 (UTC)
Yeah I keep meaning to ask him to give me access to the source so I can spin one up when needed. I will ping him. -DJSasso (talk) 19:22, 24 April 2019 (UTC)
Just a random thought. Would it be possible for ClueBot NG from the en wiki to also operate here? Not sure if a bot can operate cross-language or not. But it seems to do an amazing job and is well maintained. I imagine the vandalism at the en wiki and this one are very similar. So it could likely handle things here if that is technically possible. And benefit from all the good maintenance on the programming on the en side. Maybe it is not feasible at all. Please forgive my total ignorance in these matters. Just thought I would throw it out there as a suggestion. Desertborn (talk) 19:38, 24 April 2019 (UTC)
Short answer would be not without a very large amount of work. It has been looked at before. It isn't impossible but it would be a very large under taking that I personally don't know that we should take until such a day as we absolutely have to. -DJSasso (talk) 19:40, 24 April 2019 (UTC)
chenzw gave the me the source code for it a while back, so if he doesn't come online soon i might return from the grave. problem though is that "ChenzwBot" is hardcoded into it multiple times and it might not work running under a different username. Computer Fizz (talk) 07:11, 25 April 2019 (UTC)
@Computer Fizz: if you're willing to share it with me I can take a look - I may be able to adapt it (I'm also a bot-op on enwiki, so I have experience dealing with bots) --DannyS712 (talk) 02:44, 26 April 2019 (UTC)
@DannyS712: I emailed it to you.
@FR30799386: Yeah, but it's have a history of going down before. So I think this is worth having a plan for. Computer Fizz (talk) 05:46, 28 April 2019 (UTC)
  • As of 27 April 2019, it seems to be running again. — FR 14:21, 27 April 2019 (UTC)

Blocking users who have been reported at VIPEdit

Dear fellow admins: when you block a user who has been reported at VIP, please respond to the report to let the rest of us know that it has been handled. Over the last few days, I have responded to quite a few VIP reports that were already handled by someone else. It would have been nice not to have to spend time on something that had already been handled. Thanks! --Auntof6 (talk) 08:15, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

That isn't done purposefully. For example, I tend to block vandals after being pinged by the bot on IRC or noticing them in RC, and I don't check WP:VIP after every block I make. Vermont (talk) 09:51, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
That's understandable. Just when you know there's a report, or when you can take a second to check for one. It's just been happening a lot lately. --Auntof6 (talk) 10:20, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
I don't see a problem with it. People that want to use that page use that page, those who don't don't. I pretty much never check that page because I see the vandalism happening real time in the new changes log. Anything in VIP list usually has already been handled or is stale, so I never much bother with it. Really the responding is something that I was always surprised started to happen, it used to be the only time anyone responded to them was when there was something wrong with the report. Usually they were just removed if they were done or if another admin came along and saw the report was from an hour ago or whatever they would just remove it cause it was already stale by that point. We don't need to be process wonks. Takes you less time to click on the block user link and see they were already blocked than it does for someone to respond saying they blocked them, so either situation is perfectly fine. -DJSasso (talk) 10:43, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
You're entitled to your opinion. I consider it a courtesy to let the users know what was done with their request. But even if we don't reply, it would still be a courtesy to the other admins to remove reports that have been handled. If you can't do that, then don't, but it would be appreciated from those who can. --Auntof6 (talk) 10:51, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
Of course it is a nice thing to do. Not debating that. I am more commenting on the being lectured to for something that doesn't matter at all. Like not even a little bit. Someone recently said that there is too much worrying about busy work here and not enough towards what the goal of this wiki is. This is a perfect example. It literally takes you less time to click the link and see the block than to read a person's comment. You don't need to come here telling everyone they aren't doing their job. -DJSasso (talk) 11:00, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
It was a request, not a lecture. I also block when I see active vandalizing, so I understand that. The job is to do the blocking, and that is getting done. If responding on VIP doesn't matter to you, then don't respond there, but please respect that it might matter to others. --Auntof6 (talk) 11:38, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
And please respect that you seem to not realize how these requests come across. -DJSasso (talk) 12:05, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
Perhaps a bot like they have at English Wikipedia would be useful? Ⓩⓟⓟⓘⓧ Talk 11:42, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
Oh they have their source available, yeah I can spin this up as a bot likely. I will take a look and modify for here. -DJSasso (talk) 12:06, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

gadget editingEdit

Who can I ask about requested edits for gadgets like twinkle (or anything else)? Chenzw used to be handling all that but he is now inactive. Computer Fizz (talk) 17:42, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

I sometimes do things with gadgets, they often don't have much changing so none of us really touch them much, it depends what you want. If you are hoping for changes to twinkle they are not likely to happen. The site is missing very large amounts of needed underlying code for twinkle to be upgraded. With as few editors as we have the current version of twinkle runs well enough. That being said if there is a specific feature from twinkle you want we can sometimes hack it in as long as it doesn't touch much of the current code. -DJSasso (talk) 10:32, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
@Djsasso: I mostly wanted UI changes rather than functionality changes. Should I post on your talk page or something? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Computer_Fizz (talkcontribs) 17:57, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
@Djsasso, Computer Fizz: If you'd like a full update, I can work on one - it'll take a while, but there are a number of new features that enwiki has that could be useful. I'd build it at https://en.wikipedia.beta.wmflabs.org, so that you could test it before deployment. Thoughts? --DannyS712 (talk) 00:15, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
Fix ping of @Djsasso --DannyS712 (talk) 00:15, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
Sure. This is good cause I wanted to make it myself with userspace JS but it didnt work very well. I will post some design ideas on your talk page later today Computer Fizz (talk) 17:47, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
I have made a copy on github of the entire current twinkle structure here on sewp, and will work on it when I can. What features would people like added? --DannyS712 (talk) 22:22, 13 May 2019 (UTC)

Protection requestEdit

Please semi-protect Greek mythology for a few days - its getting a bunch of vandalism. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 20:00, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

Little help?Edit

A user under the name "Keith Johnson" has been consistently vandalising the Recipe article. Can someone please do something about it? jackchango talk 19:53, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

Blocked. Thanks, Vermont (talk) 19:58, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

Possible sockpuppetryEdit

These two users have been violating copyvios on Taíno. There's also an investigation into sockpuppetry for these two on enwiki as well (both have deleted contribs). Special:Contributions/Godoffrye12 and Special:Contributions/Hongkongrun123. Zaxxon0 (talk) 06:53, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Certainly interesting, but I can see no other evidence to support sock puppet claims.--Peterdownunder (talk) 13:13, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
I am actually going to go out on a limb and say it is possible. They all geolocate to New York City. The IPs involved are likely mobile IPs (which would change very regularly) and a university one so likely public access. I will leave it to an admin to decide if that is enough to block on. Perhaps just watch the accounts for anything further. -DJSasso (talk) 11:30, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Kouzou IizukaEdit

The article Kouzou Iizuka appears to be created just to defame a person that is accused of something. The article on jawiki appears to have that info deleted, making it a possible conflict of interest. What can you do with this article? Zaxxon0 (talk) 04:59, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

User talk:TegelEdit

Would it be possible to get an additional semi-protection of my talk page due to ongoing vandalism? I have referred to my Meta talk page for serious users. -- Tegel (talk) 19:05, 23 May 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected for 6 months. Thanks, Vermont (talk) 19:29, 23 May 2019 (UTC)

Liberian hoaxerEdit

Please block user:Temne protestant and all delete all his creations. This user is clearly a new account of en:user:Kgyshsirga and en:user:Contributor 174o1. RHaworth (talk) 22:21, 25 May 2019 (UTC)

Two of his creations remain. Kingdom of Koya, and Niger Bai. Both look reasonable; yes, they probably need work, but I can't find much of a hoax If anyone has interest/knolwedge in the area feel free to improve. --Eptalon (talk) 21:15, 26 May 2019 (UTC)