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Ongoing Requests for Checkuser and Bureaucrat permissions


Ongoing Requests for Checkuser and Bureaucrat permissions — Please see:


Thank you for your time, -- Cirt (talk) 06:28, 28 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]

After required two weeks passed (per WQ:ADMIN), I closed the request for bureaucrat as successful. The request for checkuser I think appropriate to open rather close at this moment for getting more voices either favorable or contesting. --Aphaia 21:08, 10 June 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Would someone take a look at the incipient edit war over an external link at Programming (hist)? As an interested party I am hesitant to make a third revert or take other actions when no one has joined the discussion on the article talk page. Thanks. ~ Ningauble 17:23, 17 June 2011 (UTC)[reply]

I read the discussion, and fully agree with your actions (and I have again reverted the change). ~ UDScott 01:09, 18 June 2011 (UTC)[reply]



This IP address has constantly been reverting my edits on The Rescuers without explanation, and with a terrible attitude. I need help to stop him. WikiLubber 00:00, 25 July 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Checkuser request: serial one-shot spam accounts


We are being regularly spammed by a series of one-shot accounts using a common pattern: posting a rambling essay in user space with a single commercial link near the top or bottom of the page. It may be the case that several different people adopted the same technique at the same time, but the style of prose is very consistent. If these accounts are linked to the same IP it would be good to block it. ~ Ningauble 14:05, 17 August 2011 (UTC)[reply]

More of the same:

Behavioral evidence now seems overwhelming. I am indefinitely blocking all of these in the hope that autoblocking of the underlying IP(s) will stem the tide. I am also blacklisting websites that have been linked multiple times by these spam accounts. ~ Ningauble 12:15, 24 August 2011 (UTC)[reply]

One more showed up while I was in the midst of blocking these: Dayanakaths (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log), and I blocked it also. This one linked to the same site as three of the others, and that site has now been added to the spam blacklist. ~ Ningauble 12:52, 24 August 2011 (UTC)[reply]
After continuing for a while, this pattern of spamming seems to have abated from two posts per day to only once every week or two. ~ Ningauble 12:02, 6 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Do you think if we should still check all those? In experiences, this kinda people swift from one IP to the other and older accounts may give no practical information we may want to adopt. Or as said, now that you keep eyes and detected they post "once every week or two", can you please give recent ones instead of the above? Also if their style is consist, can we blacklist some of their favorite words? Just thought, --Aphaia 13:21, 6 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]

It seems manageable for now, so I guess there is no need to check them. Maybe they are discovering that this spamming method is a complete waste of their time. If it starts up again I will post the list of accounts, and consider using the Abuse Filter to block the posts. (They were mostly using diverse target URLs so the link blacklist would be of little help.) ~ Ningauble 17:23, 6 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]

26 August QOTD layout


An image of Mother Teresa has been deleted the commons and thus is no longer available for the layout prepared for Wikiquote:Quote of the day/August 26, 2011 and will have to be replaced by copying the layout with a different image from Wikiquote talk:Quote of the day/August 26, 2011‎. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 01:38, 25 August 2011 (UTC)[reply]

 Y Done ~ UDScott 15:12, 25 August 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Suspected Sockpuppetry


Suspect sockpuppetry for tilting decision at Wikiquote:Votes for deletion/Sir Ram. Article about the concerned person was speedily deleted at en-wp. Listed for same at hi-wp.

Suspect them to be sockpuppets of Wikitool (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log).

If found correct, request the page be relisted for deletion.--Siddhartha Ghai 18:21, 30 August 2011 (UTC)[reply]

The VfD is still listed: late closings are commonplace here. (Uninvolved admins clean up infrequently.) The votes of single purpose accounts like these count for virtually nothing. ~ Ningauble 19:14, 30 August 2011 (UTC)[reply]
Deleted per nom and unanimous support for deletion from regular contributors. Cheers! BD2412 T 20:08, 30 August 2011 (UTC)[reply]

QOTD layout for 24 September 2011


I was late selecting a quote and a layout for this date, and the layout at Wikiquote talk:Quote of the day/September 24, 2011 will have to be moved to the Wikiquote:Quote of the day/September 24, 2011 by an admin. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 03:11, 23 September 2011 (UTC)[reply]


The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.

~ Horace Walpole ~



The above will have to be moved to the Wikiquote:Quote of the day/September 24, 2011 by an admin. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 00:11, 24 September 2011 (UTC)[reply]

 Y Done ~ UDScott 01:35, 24 September 2011 (UTC)[reply]
Oops. Redid it; all fixed now. BD2412 T 03:59, 24 September 2011 (UTC)[reply]

insistence on extra quotations

edit (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) I came across this guy a couple of days ago on the talk page of Modern Warfare 2. It seems the anons are having a problem with following our LOQ policies on electronic games and calls me names because I often cut down the quotes to three per established consensus. I don't see any real efforts by these editors to conform with the rules drawn up and yet, they are persistent with flaming. Please assist. Thank you. --Eaglestorm 18:32, 23 September 2011 (UTC)[reply]

I have semi-protected the article for a month. Let us know if that fails to catch their attention and this long-running edit war resumes thereafter. ~ Ningauble 20:18, 23 September 2011 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you. Please watch the talk page as well if they do, but I will not stoop down to their level. --Eaglestorm 04:19, 24 September 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Checkuser request: Dust17 sockpuppets


Sockpuppets of a cross-wiki vandal:

Please block the underlying IP address or range if it can be identified, Thanks. ~ Ningauble 16:30, 25 September 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Two underlying IP addresses are blocked for 6 months. No collateral attack at this moment fortunately. I found one another account on the one IP, Gimmy Wails (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) and blocked, considering it is most likely to belong to this sock farm. The report in details will be sent to checkuser-l. --Aphaia 12:59, 6 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks. (I think folks at checkuser-l have already been keeping an eye on this one.) ~ Ningauble 17:38, 6 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]

User:GunLobbyist, User:BornInTheUSA, and User:TexasTown all seem to be the same person, going through subject pages alphabetically and posting "quotes" from Wickedictionary, which is sort of a joke version of Wiktionary (although one version has been published in print). Here are a few diffs: [1], [2], [3]. I am inclined to revert all of these additions, but would value a second look. Cheers! BD2412 T 00:05, 6 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]

I took a quick look at the activity BD2412 mentions per request. (Given BD2412's activity and status here, I feel rather flattered to be asked, as I'm rather out of practice myself.) Given the rapid-fire quote additions, the 2 minutes between each user's last edit and creation and editing of the next user, and the frequent quoting of Derek Abbott they have in common, I concur that these are almost certainly the same person, either Abbott himself or a fan. The quote styles and formats aren't too shabby for a new Wikiquotian (at least by my outdated recollections), and s/he seemed to adapt quickly based on BD2412's correction of one of TexasTown's (I think) additions. On the surface, this looks simply like a new editor (or related editors) adding a bunch of favored quotes grouped by subject.
My concerns, however, are two-fold. First, the oft-cited source for Abbott quotes is his own Wickedictionary, produced by vanity publisher CreateSpace (now owned by, which is why I suspect Abbott may be behind this sudden mass addition. Last time I checked, vanity-published material is of questionable value as a source, at least in suggesting enough notoriety to justify inclusion here. (Abbott seems notable enough for his own Wikipedia article, but as an engineer, not a writer or published quipper.) Second, my former-checkuser sense worries about the motivations of someone who quickly creates three separate users and does a dozen or so edits with each one. Such behavior makes me wonder if editors are trying to establish themselves as solid contributors before starting controversial or malicious activity.
Based on my admittedly-outdated perceptions, I'd want to assume good faith but ask this likely-single editor to explain the apparent sockpuppets, and proceed based on the response. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 00:37, 6 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]
I have posted the question on the talk page of the last account used. BD2412 T 01:35, 6 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]
This pattern began last week with three other user accounts: User:LeaveItem, User:BrizzieBeudy, and User:HoustonBuddie. If the user(s) seem wise to wiki ways, it may be remembered that The Wickedictionary previously appeared here two years ago, in its earlier incarnation as a private wiki at Abbott's school website, when confirmed sockpuppetry earned it a place on the spam blacklist. I very much doubt that the recent contributor(s) of self-published Abbottisms are anyone other than the self-same puppet ring of Abbott and/or his friends. ~ Ningauble 11:50, 6 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]
The user responded at User talk:GunLobbyist, acknowledging that the other two accounts mentioned above are his, and offering as an explanation for switching accounts that he keeps forgetting his password. I will initiate a discussion at the Village Pump to see how we feel about including Wickedictionary quotes. Cheers! BD2412 T 14:05, 6 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]
These are all socks of TRATTOOO. See also Wikiquote:Village_pump#Wickedictionary. -- Cirt (talk) 21:44, 25 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]
What evidence (e.g. CU investigation of underlying IP addresses) is this based on? If the Abbott quoters and the Appel quoters are really the same sockpuppet ring then, as Jeff Q speculates above, there may be something more going on here than ordinary vanity/fanity cruft. ~ Ningauble 16:25, 27 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]
Who said the Abbott quoters and Appel quoters were related? -- Cirt (talk) 20:27, 27 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]
Ah, perhaps this was my mistake as far as labeling/tagging. I believe there are indeed two different sockmasters and sockrings at work here. -- Cirt (talk) 20:32, 27 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Appel sockmaster = User:TRATTOOO; Abbott sockmaster = User:SureFire. This should make things less confusing going forward in the future from now on. :) -- Cirt (talk) 01:41, 28 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Crosswiki spammer


Hi everyone.

Please block the account above locally for infinity. It's a crosswiki spammer and I globally locked many accounts today (see m:Special:Log/Trijnstel and search for the "spam-only accounts" of 20 October). Some are non-sul accounts and this is one of them (see here) and I'm therefore unable to lock it. Thanks in advance for your help.

Kind regards, Trijnstel 12:03, 20 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]

 Y Done. ~ Ningauble 12:58, 20 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]



I blocked Arthurvogel (talk · contributions) based on the information both on checkuser-l and a notice from another wiki admin who then didn't know EnWQ hasn't let the person known Poetlister edit this wiki without A) notifying the community which account he'll use and B) limiting him to one sole account. Please consider to talk with a CU (not necessarily it's me) if you're contacted him as Arthurvogel or someone else privately. Thanks. --Aphaia 20:09, 22 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Crosswiki spammer (again)


Hi everyone. I have a crosswiki spammer for you (again) to block.

Please block the account above locally for infinity and also delete the page Notebookdepo. This is again a nonsul account (link). Thanks in advance for your help.

Kind regards, Trijnstel 09:53, 25 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]

 Y Blocked. Repeated spamming after warning. ~ Ningauble 13:39, 25 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Could someone take down the unicef link from the main page. Thenub314 23:20, 31 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]

I have unlinked it at Wikiquote:Quote of the day/October 31, 2011 because an external link to a fundraising promotion does seem to meet the general description of what is meant by "spam". However, having been pointed out at the eleventh hour it is already moot for the main page. ~ Ningauble 14:27, 1 November 2011 (UTC)[reply]
Fair enough. I didn't realize it was the 11th hour until after the post because of my relative time zone. Thanks again, if at some point the page gets reused, then the effort would not be wasted. Thenub314 17:13, 1 November 2011 (UTC)[reply]

New editwarrior at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Player017 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

Editor has taken great lengths to add quotations per chapter of the game in deliberate ignorance of limits stated in WQ:LOQ. I have repeatedly put the link in my summaries, but the editor - apparently a noob - just doesn't get it, if his revisions are any sign. Can somebody put this guy in his place because I don't have time for dumb fools on the same wavelength as that Soviet-spouting anon from a few weeks ago. Thank you.--Eaglestorm 00:30, 8 November 2011 (UTC)[reply]

QOTD 2011·11·13


Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit. It is never a narrowing of the mind or a restriction of the human spirit or the country's spirit.

~ Jawaharlal Nehru ~



The above contents of Wikiquote talk:Quote of the day/November 14, 2011 will have to be moved or placed into Wikiquote:Quote of the day/November 14, 2011 by an Admin, as the rolling protection closed on the page before anything had been selected for it. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 21:19, 13 November 2011 (UTC)[reply]

 Y Done ~ UDScott 00:47, 14 November 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Checkuser request: Deezy.D.


Multiple accounts involved with Deezy D and related articles where there appears to be a pattern of disruptive behavior. ~ Ningauble 18:35, 1 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Unfortunately, we seem to have a CheckUser shortage at this time. Does anyone know anyone interested in the position? BD2412 T 20:08, 8 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]
I posted notices about this issue to both Checkusers on this project, Aphaia (talk · contributions) and EVula (talk · contributions) — on 8 December 2011. Hopefully one of the two local Checkusers on this project will respond in under one week. -- Cirt (talk) 23:21, 11 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]
Aphaia hasn't edited here in a month and a half, and EVula in twice that. Perhaps other priorities have gotten in their way, but this project needs another CheckUser, one who will be around more frequently than that. BD2412 T 02:21, 12 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Hello. Please see the results of the check here. Cordially, -- Quentinv57 13:54, 15 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks Quentin. ~ Ningauble 16:46, 15 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]
Belated thanks from me also. Cheers! BD2412 T 21:50, 21 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]

 Y Socks blocked. I have indefinitely blocked the socks of Deezy.D. identified in Quentinv57's report (including two additional ones not listed above), and will post a warning to Deezy.D. that any further incidents will result in the main account being blocked. ~ Ningauble 16:46, 15 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Deletion request


Hi. Please delete User:Mooreandrew2411 because of crosswiki spam (the account is already globally locked). Trijnstel 14:26, 28 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]

 Y Done. ~ Ningauble 15:05, 28 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]
One more: User:Fastloan1. Trijnstel 20:54, 28 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]
 Y Done. The sheer quantity of user-space spam that has appeared in recent months is astounding. I had no idea there were so many people who are idiotic enough to think this is an effective way to promote or peddle anything. ~ Ningauble 15:44, 29 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Deletion of proverbs pages


Anyone care to comment on the ongoing discussion on my talk page? ~ UDScott 02:11, 31 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]

BD2412 beat me to it, but I also commented there. I recommend airing it at the Village Pump because this is going to come up again. ~ Ningauble 20:04, 31 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Block request


Hi. Please block Maxeyre (talk · contributions). This is a crosswiki spammer; I already globally locked all accounts, but this is a nonsul one. Thanks. Trijnstel 16:31, 31 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]

 Y Done, but I do not usually spend time on accounts that have only been used once here. I did not realize global locking doesn't work for non-SUL accounts. That seems like a loophole one could sail a battleship through. ~ Ningauble 18:41, 31 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]

QOTD for 2012·01·01

Life is a gift horse in my opinion.

~ J. D. Salinger ~



The quote of the day layout above and also at Wikiquote talk:Quote of the day/January 1, 2012 will have to be entered into Wikiquote:Quote of the day/January 1, 2012 by an admin. Rolling protection jumped ahead suddenly and I was not able to place this into its proper spot earlier, and currently am behind on selecting and developing a layout for a couple others. I will try to catch up and advance with a few more selections in the next day or two. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 23:07, 31 December 2011 (UTC) + tweak[reply]

 Y Done ~ UDScott 02:01, 1 January 2012 (UTC)[reply]



Can someone take a look at the Category:All articles proposed for deletion page? Two things: one, the formula seems to be incorrect in stating when pages can be deleted - it currently says anything nominated on or before December 26 can be deleted, but when you look at individual pages, the correct date should be December 28; second, can someone please delete those that are dated December 28, as the full 7 days have passed? I do not want to do this since I nominated them and I also want to now remain outside the further deletion of these pages (as my earlier ones have been questioned). Thanks! ~ UDScott 16:35, 4 January 2012 (UTC)[reply]

The formula is fine, the problem was an outdated page version in the server cache. There is an "(update)" link to refresh the date because the servers are not smart enough to know when time-sensitive information is stale. (MediaWiki does not provide a way to tag volatile pages so they will not be cached, probably because of efficiency concerns. If they had asked me, I would say there is no value in rendering the wrong result efficiently.)

I will process the PRODs shortly. ~ Ningauble 16:53, 4 January 2012 (UTC)[reply]

Ok thanks - I had tried to update the page the last few days, but it kept showing the wrong date. ~ UDScott 16:59, 4 January 2012 (UTC)[reply]
It is entirely possible for the "update" link to fail when the servers are misbehaving. Cache management in server farms that maintain multiple replicates of pages, like Wikimedia's, is something of a black art. (As an aside, you may be interested in a stalled discussion at w:Template talk:Purge#Edit request: plain language about making this feature more understandable for mere users, when it works.) ~ Ningauble 17:20, 4 January 2012 (UTC)[reply]

All December 28 prods are now deleted. Cheers! BD2412 T 17:27, 4 January 2012 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks, I got distracted by other matters. Oh, the virtues of procrastination! ~ Ningauble 17:33, 4 January 2012 (UTC)[reply]

QOTD for 18 January 2012


An Admin will have to transfer the layout at Wikiquote talk:Quote of the day/January 18, 2012 to Wikiquote:Quote of the day/January 18, 2012. Other than that date, I have caught up with the tasks on QOTD selections and layouts up to the 20th of January, and will probably try to advance further towards completing the month in the coming week. ~ Kalki··☳☶ 02:38, 17 January 2012 (UTC)[reply]

 Y Done ~ UDScott 03:04, 17 January 2012 (UTC)[reply]