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Checkuser notification[edit]


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AngelGa.* and Johnson type accounts There is a spammer (maybe a spambot) sitting within a Sri Lankan internet provider's diverse and dynamic IP ranges. They seem to have taken a liking to our site for spam, and I am slowly getting the range of IP addresses ranges and applying soft blocks for an extended period. There is a bit of pattern with usernames, though some I am globally locking rather than locally blocking, generally as it is easier for me, feel free to locally block/watch/... and let me know if you think that I have missed them. — billinghurst sDrewth 11:51, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Spamming has continued as they roam around the ADSL ranks of Sri Lanka Telecom. I have soft blocked 2x /16 for an extended period and will see how that progresses. — billinghurst sDrewth 16:23, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

Bureaucrat requests[edit]

Username change requests[edit]

Put your user name change requests here.
  • I would like to be renamed to Jakec as my previous name seems somewhat immature. I apologize if there's a template for this and I don't realize it. Thanks, --Jakob (talk) 01:40, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
    • Done. Hesperian 07:08, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
  • I would like to be renamed to Shwetha as my previous name was changed at Home-wiki. I apologize if there's a template for this and I don't realize it. Thanks,ශ්වෙත (talk) 03:21, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I'm posting this request on behalf of nl:User:Kukkie. There is a user registered with the same user name, but 0 edits. See here for confirmation. Could you please rename the old one? Thanks in advance. Sincerely, JurgenNL (talk) 15:40, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
    • I have advised the user of the usurpation request. If I haven't heard back within a week, I will proceed with usurpation. You might need to remind me.... Hesperian 13:10, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
  • My username "IndianWikipedian" was recently renamed to "User:Anup" across many Wikimedia projects. I'm the owner of User:Anup SUL account, requesting the same here for the purpose of SUL verification. Target username has made 0 edits, same as mine. Thank you! IndianWikipedian (talk) 12:20, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
    • I have advised the user of the usurpation request. If I haven't heard back within a week, I will proceed with usurpation. You might need to remind me.... Hesperian 13:15, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

One at meta[edit]

Page (un)protection requests[edit]


Update the block text - 3rd req[edit]

2602:304:AF53:3E99:AC35:318B:58B:EAD6 13:40, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done and I am glad that was your last request. — billinghurst sDrewth 05:51, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

(all admins) Ancient blocks should be removed[edit]

In our BlockList we have some ancient and quite redundant blocks, and worst of all they are infinite. These days global blocks will be in place for generic problem IP addresses, especially open proxies, so we have these checks in place for no real benefit. I would like to suggest that admins could spend a few minutes each day and we look to remove the ancient cruft. In my opinion, anything that is infinite should go, anywhere you see it, and the maximum that we should usually be blocking is a year and only the worst of the worst should get longer than that. Thanks for any help that you can give. — billinghurst sDrewth 15:59, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

I'm not clear on that point - are you saying that there are too many <created> User: accounts who have managed to get themselves blocked forever and now THAT is somehow a problem? I can understand when it comes to IP/annon infractions - that those should never made permanent etc. etc. etc. - thats fine. Otherwise, unless there is some sort of resource hit, foundation infraction or just extra work involved for someone in keeping in place what seems to be working, I don't see the need for any of that. If somebody wants "back in" they can go through the steps and we'll address it on those merits on a case-by-case basis from there, no? -- George Orwell III (talk) 16:59, 6 January 2014 (UTC)
Only meant blocks on IP addresses, apologies for not getting all the thought bubble on paper. — billinghurst sDrewth 05:46, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

OK - I've done a bunch but there are still about 600 single IP blocks left. The question now is what to do with the block notice banners added to these IP's talk pages (plus there are redirects from the main IP's user page to those talk pages). Seems like all those pages need to be deleted as well if the blocks are being lifted, no?

Also, there are a bunch of blocks that seem to have been added by the "system" rather than by admins from ~2005 - I wasn't sure if those were OK to unblock too. What say you? -- George Orwell III (talk) 03:29, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Concur with deleting the page or the template would be equally appropriate. JeepdaySock (AKA, Jeepday) 11:20, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
I am told that there is a means to push the unblocks using the API. I am yet to work it out, and will continue to give it a try. Re the blocks and templates. Hmm, I am not bothered either way, or the pages could just be blanked. Or deal with them if they arise. — billinghurst sDrewth 13:13, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
Bulk unblocks can be done (see Mpaa's latest). Still, without deleting the existing User and/or User talk pages related to block notices, the job only seems half done imo. -- George Orwell III (talk) 12:17, 18 January 2014 (UTC)
Now doing all three actions.--Mpaa (talk) 12:35, 18 January 2014 (UTC)
Thats great (wish it was done under a BOT flag if not just marked minor though). -- George Orwell III (talk) 12:55, 18 January 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done --Mpaa (talk) 14:11, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

Temporarily blocked Dexbot[edit]

Due to the bot flooding RC, and our wish to review edits, and the bot operator not wishing to pause the block, I have temporarily blocked User:Dexbot. We have a day to review, or we may need to reapply the block. — billinghurst sDrewth 11:19, 15 January 2014 (UTC)


Well, it looks like spam and it feels like spam (especially since the only account is on enws), but it has no link to any outside site. I'm not too sure about tagging this with {{sdelete}}, seeing as it might be a legitimate user's page (highly unlikely, but still). What do you think? —Clockery Fairfeld [sic] 14:32, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Looks ok to me, wait and see what happens. JeepdaySock (AKA, Jeepday) 15:34, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
I dunno, it seemed like a pretty innocuous vanity user page to me. Maybe there's some value in discouraging that behavior (especially if it were occurring on a large scale, which it isn't), but it comes at the cost of potentially discouraging someone from contributing. I don't think that cost-benefit analysis works out the same way it does with link spammers. Prosody (talk) 06:47, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
The problem here is that there's a particular type of spam called NTSAMR or "nothing to say about me really", which sometimes has this sort of wording followed by an external link. Sometimes the link isn't there initially, but gets slipped in later. One of the clues is that the name in the user name doesn't match the name claimed in the content (which was the case this time). Sometimes the user page is created by a different name or an IP. I see that User:Trijnstel picked this one up and marked it for speedy. She's one of the Stewards and is very good at spotting this kind of quiet spam across all the projects. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 07:10, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
Had no idea. I defer to your expertise. Is this kind of stuff documented on Wikipedia, or do you have to pick up on it over a long time spent admining? Prosody (talk) 08:26, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
Try m:User:Mathonius/Reports/Nothing to say about me really. —Clockery Fairfeld [t·c] 13:20, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

Yep, typical spambot shit and usually I just clean it up if it got through and someone else hasn't, globally lock the account, get the IP and block that globally for a period of time. You can always check what a steward has done via Special:CentralAuth. We don't have to delete those without url, though once you are there <shrug> usually we just do. You will see that we have my refined Special:AbuseFilter for that sort of spam too, in fact here was my first test bed, and admins will be able to see the range of behaviours we can catch. :-) — billinghurst sDrewth 16:50, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

How to merge content along with history.[edit]

I've seen this done before but never had an instance where I was both a party-to and in need-of doing this.

User:Viewer2/templates/simpleLeader should have been moved to Template:SimpleLeader to preserve the development trials & errors but someone created the latter by copy & paste instead. Is there anyway now to move the "beta" from the User: space and merge it with the newcomer's contributions while preserving all the histories?

If I can do it, please tell me how; if not - having it done, period, is more important. I'll just have to go through all mistakes we already made then fixed the first time around. -- George Orwell III (talk) 06:52, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

Move the copy to be merged over the top (deleting existing), then undelete all components. — billinghurst sDrewth 07:48, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
Many Thanks. And here I thought all this time doing such a "merge" would be more complex than just that.  :) George Orwell III (talk) 08:40, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
Pulling them apart is the nightmare. Oh, and sometimes you may need to rollback to an earlier version if the last one in the history is not correct. — billinghurst sDrewth 23:44, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I picked up on that nuance too afterwards. Thanks again. -- George Orwell III (talk) 01:00, 5 February 2014 (UTC)


To note that this week there is a new history link feature in [[Special:Diff/nnnnnnn]] and it is somewhat comparitive to [[Special:PermanentLinks/nnnnnnn]]. It will be most useful for admins when quoting specific components like deletion decisions etc. It hits our shores on the rollout of wmf13 this Tuesday. Valid usages have been specified as:

  • [[Special:Diff/nnnnnnn]]] (diff of a revision with the previous one)
  • [[Special:Diff/nnnnnnn/prev]] (diff of a revision with the previous one as well)
  • [[Special:Diff/nnnnnnn/next]] (diff of a revision with the next one)
  • [[Special:Diff/nnnnnnn/cur]] (diff of a revision with the latest one of that page)
  • [[Special:Diff/nnnnnnn/yyyyyyy]] (diff between arbitrary two revisions)

billinghurst sDrewth 00:40, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

Here and functioning, examples …

Now one wants an easy diffonly option— billinghurst sDrewth 11:59, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Checkuser required, maybe?[edit]

See Special:DeletedContributions/Ma.Erica Jane Baguisi, Special:DeletedContributions/Joundex Villasante (and also Special:Contribs/Joundex Villasante, and Special:DeletedContributions/Ivan Rhai Clarin; and also Ivan Clarin and Ma.Erica Jane Baguisi for more info. I've blocked the three users, and maybe a checkuser is required...? —Clockery Fairfeld [t·c] 16:15, 15 February 2014 (UTC)

What were you looking to do with the result of the checkuser? The accounts would seem linked, and a block on accounts like this would usually be done with a block on the underlying IPs, which gives us a day of blockinig. What more are you after? — billinghurst sDrewth 12:11, 16 February 2014 (UTC)
Well, nothing else actually; sorry about that. —Clockery Fairfeld [t·c] 12:15, 16 February 2014 (UTC)
No need to be sorry, it is part of the role to ask. Checkuser is a tool to be used with a purpose in mind, usually prevention of future aspects. — billinghurst sDrewth 07:32, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

Reinstating the PSM filter[edit]

If it doesn't create additional workload, would it be possible to reinstate the PSM filter which helped me track edits? Thanks in advance.— Ineuw talk 17:54, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

Re-activated. If you find additional Users with contributions that you consider trustworthy, just drop another note here listing those can be excluded from tagging. -- George Orwell III (talk) 23:57, 21 February 2014 (UTC)
Many thanks.— Ineuw talk 04:59, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

Gadgetize a magicword?[edit]

Does anyone know if it is possible to "load" a magic-word ( {{noexternallanglinks}} ) on every page I view via a Gadget or something? -- George Orwell III (talk) 05:00, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

Do you mean one of these at mw:Help:Magic_words, or are you talking specifically about one of the <&hellip;> variations? Can you elucidate further on what you are looking to do? Any particular namespace, any particular place? — billinghurst sDrewth 12:44, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

The magicword is ( {{noexternallanglinks}} ). It retards the generation of interlinks under Wikidata on any page where such links exist - thats why its called no external lang[uage] links]. -- George Orwell III (talk) 12:58, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

I am not at all clear this is what you want (it is a truly brutal solution if it is.) Adding:
table.wb-sitelinks { display:none; }

—to your Special:mypage/common.css causes wikidata to throw away all of the interlinks (after wasting the effort of calculating them.) AuFCL (talk) 16:16, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks but that defeats the point. Still seeking a way to apply a MagicWord to every page I visit. -- George Orwell III (talk) 17:08, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

User:Castaño Mallorca, Oliver[edit]

Please see Special:Contributions/Castaño_Mallorca,_Oliver. As far as I can tell he is self-publishing auto-translations of his own work. I've had a go at an explanation of WWI using Google translate. Can someone with better Spanish than mine please have a look? Beeswaxcandle (talk) 07:06, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

I second that request! User: is leaving several literary droppings that do not belong in our yard. -- George Orwell III (talk) 23:21, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
A couple of choices, chose someone from the list who has identified their es skills, or pop over to esWS and ask one of their admins for assistance, if that, I would suggest @LadyInGrey:. — billinghurst sDrewth 11:23, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
It appears that user has stopped creating new works, last edit was March 6, 2014. Looking through the comments, posted to and by the user; all the works seem to have been created in good faith with language issues causing some difficulty in understanding WS:WWI. I have edited User:Castaño_Mallorca,_Oliver to remove links to out of scope works and the author template that incorrectly categorized the page. Should the user again start uploading out of scope works, I think a short term block would be appropriate. Historical we make reasonable efforts to communicate across language barriers, but ultimately the responsibility for understanding the rights and responsibilities of a being a contributor to the site fall on the contributor. Jeepday (talk) 12:53, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

Logging simultaneously in on two browsers.[edit]

I can often respond and resolve users' browser text display issues, if I log in on two browsers simultaneously. But, don't know the consequences and don't want to cause a problem to my account or the system. To avoid this, can I log in simultaneously as User:Ineuw on one, and as User:IneuwPublic on another browser? The IP address and the MAC address would be the same in most cases. — Ineuw talk 07:09, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

Of course. I have logged in with two browsers here for many (6 or 7) years. I started when upgrades of either browser came along. It does no harm. Sometimes, if you can see the text, or image, you don't need to log in to do what is needed to get the work done. I have logged in with the same name or with two names. I have never had any complaints about it as long as there is no abuse. I log in with two browsers rarely now. I usually just look at my images on Commons without logging in and use the names I see with my 2nd browser to put them into the book I am working on. I am aware that there are other ways of doing this but it's just a long-term habit. In any case it does no harm but then I am using one computer as opposed to a MAC and any other computer. Remember, computers themselves are also numbered and named. —Maury (talk) 08:30, 17 March 2014 (UTC)
There is no restriction on number of logins, nor simultaneous logins. With regard to using alternative account, it is about being overt, and not undertaking the deceptive practices of proofreading a work twice, nor influencing a conversation, especially between your own persona. Nothing rocket science. So whichever is possible. — billinghurst sDrewth 08:48, 17 March 2014 (UTC)
I've done this a couple of times when I wanted to see what IE6 was doing with some pages. In the end it's no different to having multiple tabs open that are all logged in. I found, though, that logging out of one browser caused the other login to terminate as well. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 08:56, 17 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the replies. This is what I needed to know. At least I could try to help people with combinations between Firefox and Comodo Dragon,/Chromium and Safari.— Ineuw talk 02:18, 18 March 2014 (UTC)


As a reminder to admins that we now have the local-only equivalent of the message bot available to us, via Special:MassMessage. Do you think that we should put some light rules around its use? I was thinking of something along the lines of

  1. For user "subscribed" messages then the admin who manages the list/message can send without impediment for the purpose of the subscription.
  2. For broader/targeted use where we decide to utilise to push a message, that it needs to have been brought here, and broached that it will occur, and an opportunity for feedback prior to occurring.

Just thoughts. — billinghurst sDrewth 12:19, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

If not familiar with the tool you can learn more about it at w:Wikipedia:Mass message senders. JeepdaySock (AKA, Jeepday) 16:10, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Messages for editors without user pages?[edit]

How can I leave a message to User:Ryokuhi who has no user or discussion page? — Ineuw talk 08:58, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

I would suggest going right ahead and creating their talk page (might as well {{welcome}} them whilst you are at it?) Alternatively they appear to have (left) their email options open, so try: Special:EmailUser/Ryokuhi? AuFCL (talk) 09:57, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks AuFCL.— Ineuw talk 14:44, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Index:Emma (Volume 3).djvu[edit]

Please delete Index:Emma (Volume 3).djvu, I've just realized that it's a duplicate of Index:Austen - Emma, vol. III, 1816.djvu. Lugusto 23:53, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

I've deleted these two pages.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 00:37, 13 April 2014 (UTC)


It looks like one of our admins just retired. I am not aware of anything going on at the site or with the individual personally. (not mentioning names, but it should be obvious to to most who are watching) Do we need to reach out to offer support for a personal crises or has something already been addressed by someone who is closer to the admin then I am? I am not looking for details, just checking if we need to check. Jeepday (talk) 00:01, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

I don't know who you refer to but I do think we should reach out if only with a thank you for all of your work regardless if it is an administrator or an editor that has been here and working. That administrator may come back and work on editing but for sure we all have feelings. I think people who love books are very sensitive regardless whether they show it or not. —Maury (talk) 02:06, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Using discussion pages in the Page: namespace[edit]

Would there be a problem for the administration, if I use the discussion page of a page for explaining the formatting of objects of that page? — Ineuw talk 19:19, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

This is a wiki, go ahead. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 19:38, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks.— Ineuw talk 19:46, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

Template:Cite news[edit]

Can I have some help please with Template:Cite news ?

I'd like to make it more like w:Template:Cite news at English Wikipedia, with more fields possible for work, author, first, last, etc.

Thank you,

-- Cirt (talk) 17:15, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Copying common.js of one user to another[edit]

I need to copy the contents of my common.js to User:Gumr51's common.js, which currently doesn't exist. The purpose is for him to have the "User" selection available in the CharInsert list. Many thanks in advance.— Ineuw talk 19:53, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done . I've made an exact copy, but note that there is a warning of a stray semi-colon in line 162. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 05:56, 22 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. It will help Gumr51 a lot. I also removed the semicolon from line 162, and will encourage him to correct his copy.— Ineuw talk 06:11, 22 April 2014 (UTC)