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Jordan ManganEdit

Can an admin please delete this article and protect it from being recreated again? It has have already been deleted once. --Trade (talk) 17:19, 24 July 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests_for_checkuser#Chasehanens
  Confirmed Operator873talkconnect 17:39, 24 July 2020 (UTC)
Would you kindly protect the page so he doesn't recreate it again?--Trade (talk) 19:26, 24 July 2020 (UTC)
I don't know about other admins, but I usually wait until a page has been created three times before I will salt it. This one has been created only twice so far. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:35, 24 July 2020 (UTC)

Help with updating Peakware referencesEdit

Hi all. Sadly Peakware, a wealth of data and key reference on mountains, is dead. The operator decided to pull the plug and now it contains only a splash page. We have Template:cite peakware which I have now updated to use the Internet Archive versions of the pages, instead of peakware.com. However, we have some articles that do not use "Cite peakware" but use "Cite web" with the url instead. An example is Aiguille de Chambeyron. I am looking for a way to find these and fix them by switching the citation to Cite Peakware, thus preserving the reference via Internet Archive. I'm not sure how to search to only catch those and not ones that properly use "Cite peakware" or the Internet Archive. Is there any tool to produce a list, so I can go through and fix them? Desertborn (talk) 18:09, 24 July 2020 (UTC)

I think AWB will be able to assist with the replacement, while taking the template parameters into consideration. Let me take a closer look at this later in the weekend. Chenzw  Talk  01:52, 25 July 2020 (UTC)
Done, please take a look at my recent contribs (edit summary: migration to cite peakware template). It doesn't seem like there are a lot of affected articles. I have preserved the template parameters that were previously passed to {{cite web}}, just in case future versions of {{cite peakware}} need to use those parameters. Also, some articles did not cite Peakware itself, but referenced it as an external link: Matterhorn, Monte Fitz Roy, Pontic Mountains, Breithorn, Dhaulagiri. Chenzw  Talk  14:06, 25 July 2020 (UTC)

Block requestEdit

Hi, Vremeradno has emailed me asking me to revert this and to reinstate this,
I'm assuming they're a sock of someone given the amount of IPs on both pages, I'm also assuming they've emailed every rollbacker here asking for everyone to join in on the revert-war,
Anyway given the apparent disruption the IPs have caused I'm under the impression this is the same person as the IP(s) and probably should be blocked, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 22:27, 25 July 2020 (UTC)

I can confirm that you are not the only rollbacker who received an e-mail requesting this. I've received several now. (I've not responded.) I suspect this is related to the globally banned user mentioned in some earlier posts here. If an admin would like the text of the user's e-mail messages, please contact me via the e-mail function as I haven't been terribly active here lately, and might not see a reply here or on my talk page right away. Etamni | ✉   01:52, 28 July 2020 (UTC)
Yeah he does these on a pretty close to daily basis. Really you just have to ignore them. -Djsasso (talk) 23:11, 28 July 2020 (UTC)
Ah okay, Seems a rather pointless thing to do but hey ho each to their own!, Anyway thanks all, –Davey2010Talk 21:09, 9 August 2020 (UTC)
The user was blocked, with email disabled, literally 3 minutes before your post here, so that should take care of that. Only (talk) 11:49, 28 July 2020 (UTC)
Many thanks Only, –Davey2010Talk 21:09, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

Copying my own user page failedEdit

Hi, I'm Skye251. When I tried to copy and paste my user page from standard Wikipedia it failed. Can u guys help me out? Thanks. :) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Skye251 (talkcontribs) 13:41, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

I was trolled by an Administrator for false accusations of trolling and abuseEdit

There is an administrator on the Wiki site that deleted my articles and banned me for no reason. I contested it and he continues to troll my page and edits. I am request a full investigation into this situation please. I was treated unfairly when I did nothing wrong. I abided by all the rules and he accuses me of false allegations and name calling. I dont see how this is professional at all. I understand we are in trying times but I can feel the bias feelings through my computer screen. He deleted all of my pages and with false accusations as well. I need help from someone who actually take the time to listen without being bias or discriminating against me. Please and thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by TikTokJournalist (talkcontribs) 21:08, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

@TikTokJournalist: Hi. Are you talking about your block on the English Wikipedia, or are you blocked here? This is the Simple English Wikipedia. If you are blocked here, this would be block evasion. IWI (chat) 21:14, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
He’s made his way over there and is being handled. Only (talk) 22:36, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Katyn massacreEdit

Abuse from LTA has resumed a day after a previous 1 month protection expired. IWI (chat) 21:43, 4 August 2020 (UTC)

Protected by Macdonald-ross. IWI (chat) 22:51, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

ImportEdit

Hi, can someone please import Template:Infobox toy? Naleksuh (talk) 04:26, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Done. -Djsasso (talk) 04:28, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Pitbull (rapper)Edit

Is it possible to have the page semi-protected from IP-only editors? It gets vandalised almost every week from different IPs. For 3 consecutive weeks now. — Infogapp1 (talk) 20:55, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

Can someone please look into this request? It's getting blanked again by IP users. Many thanks! — Infogapp1 (talk) 13:39, 13 August 2020 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay, I have placed rangeblocks for the time being - the blanking is believed to be activity from one person using a range of dynamic IPs. You might find the page histories of Kesha and Ellie Goulding interesting. Please continue to report similar blanking of the articles of musicians to VIP, even if they have not been given level 4 warnings yet. In fact, you might want to consider not engaging in reverts, since the blanker can be rather persistent (see page histories). Chenzw  Talk  14:24, 13 August 2020 (UTC)
@Chenzw: Interesting patterns, indeed. Thanks for sharing. I'll take note of the best course of action for future similar cases. Thank you. — Infogapp1 (talk) 14:34, 13 August 2020 (UTC)

Page merge or moveEdit

Tycho's Supernova was created, but it already existed at SN 1572. The page should have the title "SN 1572" per enwiki. The only two options are either to merge the page histories or delete SN 1572 under G6 (which was recently changed into a redirect). The latter doesn't seem favorable, as the page history goes back as far as 2012. IWI (chat) 19:51, 12 August 2020 (UTC)

It should be noted that the newer article is of much higher quality, and so deleting it as a duplicate would not be helpful at all. IWI (chat) 19:55, 12 August 2020 (UTC)
It is already redirected, this situation as it is, is fine. Ideal would have been to expending the one that already existed. But just redirecting is a typical move when there are duplicate articles. As history remains in tact on the redirect. I would also point out our naming doesn't always follow en.wiki. Just because an article is named something on en.wiki doesn't mean it has to be named that here. Now it quite often is, but it is not a requirement. I suspect knowing the article creator, that they feel this name is more simple than just using numbers and that is a completely valid reason on this wiki. -Djsasso (talk) 20:43, 12 August 2020 (UTC)
That seems fair enough, although I still think the article should be at the enwiki title. No we don't have to, but typically we only deviate if the title is simpler. I appreciate the extra work involved in such a page move might mean it could be better off staying as is. This is a special circumstance; usually a redirect would solve it, but not if the page should ideally be there. Perhaps the alternate name could be considered simpler, although "SN 1572" doesn't seem massively complex. If it is going to stay as is, the wikidata item will have to be switched. IWI (chat) 20:54, 12 August 2020 (UTC)
Having a title which attracts the young reader is more relevant than just keeping an alphanumeric title which is opaque until the article is read. Our readersip is low, about 50x lower than en wiki. Over there the astronomy gang are mostly university-based and very competant. They make decisions which suit their readership, and we need to do the same for our younger and non-professional readership. Macdonald-ross (talk) 07:52, 13 August 2020 (UTC)
I suppose that is true. In that case I will switch the Wikidata item. IWI (chat) 10:58, 13 August 2020 (UTC)
Well a user had already beat me to it. It’s important to remember that while children (and anyone else who would require things to be simpler) are part of our readership, they are not the only part. For example, we may have a university student in astronomy from another country learning English. Here, I can see merit in using the new title instead from the standpoint of a child. There is certainly no harm in keeping it this way. IWI (chat) 11:04, 13 August 2020 (UTC)