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Several vandals afoot...Edit

Aside from the Toy Story/Shrek vandal, we have,‎, Stopthebuyers, Wewillbuythisplace, etc. Absolute nonsense, changing certain networks to PBS without explanation.‎, Stopthebuyers, Wewillbuythisplace-- Redoing vandalism, unlawfully bullying Tegel, spamming, trying to defend other vandals, the works. I request all of these users be blocked infinitely and the pages they vandalized be protected indefinitely, as well as my talk page, your talk page, Jni's talk page, etc. WikiLubber (talk) 02:22, 21 April 2019 (UTC)
It looks like one of them is already blocked and the other has gone stale. I did a range block calculation on them a few days ago, and unfortunately we'd have to range block something like 250 million IP addresses to get them all. So that's not really feasible. GMGtalk 23:51, 25 April 2019 (UTC)


I recommend you and all admins involved in the IP vandals' vandalism protect their pages for at no less than a year (and mine, too, just in case, since it is my messages they keep trying to remove without explaining why). WikiLubber (talk) 18:29, 4 May 2019 (UTC)

Per your request, I have semi-protected your user page. I'd prefer to leave mine open as much as possible in case an anonymous user has a legitimate concern. The random pings from the IP troll don't really bother me any. I get pings all the time from all kinds of places. Other admins can certainly decide whether the bother is worth the protection or not. GMGtalk 13:16, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

Category questionEdit

Just past conversations you had said that you were adding a number of more specific categories in an attempt to align with other projects. But in your most recent additions, this is not the case -- you added Category:Catholics from France when the corresponding WP category is French Catholics (which to me is a much more natural way to describe the people within this category). What was your rationale for this choice? ~ UDScott (talk) 15:54, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

There was a previous discussion at the village pump here regarding the use of demonyms in category names. Across projects, there are a few varieties of systems. Some use "place of birth" systems, which English projects tend not to do in my experience. For those that use "person associated with" systems some use demonyms and some do not. In the VP discussion I proposed using the non-demonym-system as Commons does, rather than the demonym-system as the English Wikipedia attempts to do, but fails to do consistently. The reason behind that was mainly that a demonym system can't be accomplished consistently without ending up with some awkward (and at times racist sounding) constructions like Category:Japanese, or constructions that are factually incorrect, like Category:Americans used in the vernacular to refer to people from the United States, rather than America proper.
If you compare Wikidata items, such as m:Q3919762, you'll find that projects are fairly split on the issue. For example, comparing gl:Categoría:Personalidades dos Estados Unidos de América, de:Kategorie:US-Amerikaner, and ht:Kategori:Ameriken. Both demonym and non-demonym systems can be used, but the non-demonym system used by Commons tends to be more consistently semantically accurate and technically correct. GMGtalk 16:12, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
Fair enough - thanks for the explanation. Cheers! ~ UDScott (talk) 16:19, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
The United States categories instead of Americans is a good idea, many thanksǃ- U.S. is only 1/4 of America. At Wikipedia this kind of work would be impossible anymore, I guess.--Risto hot sir (talk) 21:17, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
Oh god yes. The English Wikipedia is way too far gone to switch to a system that makes sense. Even if you could get consensus for it, which you couldn't, you're talking about probably hundreds of millions of changes that would need to be done. Here it's probably under 100k. I've almost done with three major countries and I think I'm still under 10k edits. Commons has the advantage of being a multilingual community where people will speak up and say "that's not what American means". GMGtalk 23:21, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

Exclude elements A/b testingEdit

Systems Service & Hazard Communication Standards. Joint Test Action Group Heterodoxy. Auxallryduck (talk) 15:43, 1 June 2019 (UTC)


Hi GMGǃ Got a block at en-Wikipedia for linking to Wikiquote. I think it's unfair. I'd be glad if you could look at my wp-talk pageǃ--Risto hot sir (talk) 21:04, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

  • The block was not for "linking to Wikiquote", it was for "Personal attacks, inability to get the point, blocks on four other wikimedia projects suggest AGF has run out a while ago". I am agnostic on whether you are unable to get the point or are able but unwilling, but I agree that the behavior us unacceptable. Remember what GreenMeansGo said on your talk page last month: "You would also be well advised to consider that if you make cross-wiki disruption, the solution is to have a steward lock your account across all projects." When someone is already indefinitely blocked on so many projects, the stewards may do this routinely upon any request. Be warned that it may take only one more complaint to end your participation globally. Play nicely and do not get into arguments. ~ Ningauble (talk) 22:26, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
Thanks but I've edited 380 wikis and had trouble only in about 10. And in most of those "difficult" wikis there seems to be one dominant person who thinks he/she is the community.--Risto hot sir (talk) 22:36, 10 June 2019 (UTC) - Do you have something negative to say of my work here?--Risto hot sir (talk) 22:39, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
There'really not much I can do. I'm not an admin on, and any given admin is unlikely to lift the block given that it was placed by a functionary after a topic ban from one of the probably top ten most respected admins on the project. The best course of action is probably to stop arguing with people and listen to what they're telling you. I'm not sure you take it appropriately seriously that one of our global sysops has already raised the possibility of a global block. GMGtalk 14:42, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

Well, it's better to concentrate in proverbs, so I won't get in the middle of Hindu-Muslim fights. My only intention was to check and add categories and bring more people to read Wq.--Risto hot sir (talk) 14:57, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

You've got mailEdit

Hi GMG, could you please check your mail asap? Thanks! --TheSandDoctor (talk) 05:24, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

Mail yet againEdit

Please check your mail asap. Thanks! --TheSandDoctor (talk) 12:38, 20 June 2019 (UTC)

Please blockEdit

Special:Contribs/ for block evasion and being a general pain in the ass vandal. Praxidicae (talk) 14:07, 20 June 2019 (UTC)

 Y Done And thanks for keep an eye out. GMGtalk 14:10, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
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