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Welcome to the Administrative Assistance reading room. You can request assistance from administrators for handling a variety of problems here and alert them about problems which may require special actions not normally used during regular content editing. Please be patient as administrators are often quite busy with either their own projects or trying to perform general maintenance and cleanup.

You can deal with most vandalism yourself: fix it, then warn the user. If there is repeated vandalism by one user, lots of vandalism on a single page, or vandalism from many users, tell an admin here, or in #wikibooks (say !admin to get attention).

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Please stop this user from continuing his stalking and harassment campaign against me. He has brought over many crosswiki issues and disputes and disrupted the work done here on Wikibooks for retaliation against perceived slights; he made his intentions clear over the declaration to "monitor" (read: stalk) my contributions and continue to purposefully annoy and harass me for his own purposes. His presence here has already done much damage, and I am apalled by the lack of administrative intervention. TeleComNasSprVen (discusscontribs) 02:38, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

What you are describing is something that would be difficult for an administrator to observe; a highly distributed pattern of behavior is hard to reconstruct after the fact, so might be apparent to you as you experience it but not so readily apparent to someone else after the fact. Keeping that in mind,
  • Can you give specific examples of the sort of disruption you're talking about?
  • Can you suggest how someone else, looking back after the fact, could reconstruct the overall pattern of behavior you are describing?
  • What sort of preventative adminsitrative action do you think would apply to the situation?
--Pi zero (discusscontribs) 03:45, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
Previous pattern of harassment against other editors: Meta, enwv 1, enwv 2
Previous ban discussions regarding his behavior: enwiki, Meta, enwv
Generally denying he sees anything problematic with his behavior
Dispute on at least three other wikis: see my Meta talkpage, my Wikiversity Beta talkpage before blankings, my enwv talkpage
Intention to continue "monitoring" me and carrying over his Self-Righteous Personal Feud™ despite my earlier warning that the Wikibooks community doesn't take too kindly to dramafests being imported onto their wiki and my recommendation that we keep the disruption localized to one wiki (Meta). TeleComNasSprVen (discusscontribs) 04:09, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
TCNSV and Abd have an ongoing, cross-wiki dispute. I recommend that they both drop their sticks and move on. Ajraddatz (discusscontribs) 04:10, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
@Ajraddatz I don't think you understand. I've already tried that solution and he insists on attacking me on any wiki where he is allowed to with these gigantic warnings on my talkpage. The only wiki he probably has not taken to attack me so far is English Wikipedia, and that's only because of the block in place there. TeleComNasSprVen (discusscontribs) 04:13, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
Ajr, I'm feeling much discomfort over his following me around. If you have it within your power, please ask one of the senior stewards or any local community admins you see us feuding on and ask for an interaction ban. You have no idea how sick and tired and frustrated I have been over all this, even when at times I elected to respect Abd's wish to be left undisturbed after he left Meta. TeleComNasSprVen (discusscontribs) 04:18, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
Apologies actually, I forgot that the warning on your talkpage (here or on some wiki) was by him and not the other way around. My personal recommendation is that you just ignore him - if he sends you warnings, don't respond. Just don't interact to the best of your ability. Stuff like this doesn't really help, but instead continues it. @Abd, I suggest you also look at and follow this advice. Ajraddatz (discusscontribs) 04:47, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
Proposed solution at minimum: a stern warning that he is not to carry personal disputes with other editors onto other wikis. Future behavior would likely get him a block. TeleComNasSprVen (discusscontribs) 04:11, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
This is Wikibooks. A user's contributions elsewhere should generally be irrelevant and a fresh start given to all those who come here.--ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 10:51, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
True up to a point. At Wikinews, we have occasionally had good luck with contributors who had already gotten themselves into deep trouble on Wikipedia through misbehavior. However, that sort of fresh-start approach only applies as long as the user does not bring their misbehavior from elsewhere to the local project. If cross-wiki harassment were brought to a local project, that ought not to be tolerated. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 14:02, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
Harassment of any kind isn't acceptable. The cross wiki nature is almost irrelevant - if someone turns up here with the sole purpose of harassing another editor, then the fact that they have harassed them elsewhere is almost irrelevant as the action would still be the same... QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 16:28, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
What was said by the last two contributors seems right but that's the point. It's a person's behaviour here that counts. When you spot one mistake you assume good faith as you would with any new editor rather than analysing their edits on other wikis. Maybe you could analyze the edits elsewhere after several problems but not straight away. If our actions on Wikipedia directly affected our image on Wikibooks then I would likely have been blocked just as many times here as I was (many, many years ago) on Wikibooks.--ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 19:58, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
Say "give the benefit of the doubt" rather than "assume good faith". The grey area to watch out for is when a local action is part of a larger pattern that isn't visible unless one steps back to see the wider context. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 11:21, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

Stream of user talk page creations[edit]

Around an hour ago they finished with User:Cir00004. Others include User talk:LittleBlondeLottie‎. It's a stream of people adding an opening message to their talk pages or user pages. Any idea what it might be? There appear to be about 30 of them within 4 minutes. Maybe some kind of class project or vandals creating talk pages so that their accounts don't appear to be as new when they later choose to vandalise?--ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 11:14, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

I'm guessing that the pages are related to a class project but pages like User_talk:GregXenon01 seem very strange with a very active conversation including mentions of edit conflicts yet none of the editors have any significant edits.--ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 21:29, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
User:Xania, looking at there userpage, we can tell that they are a class, doing a project on Wikibooks. At there userpages, they state "student at Starling University". So they must be doing some project at Wikibooks, which the students and teachers are at Starling University. I do not object classes on Wikibooks here, but the best place to do class assignments are at Wikiversity.
Well, on topic, they have been quite troublesome, with a few users creating userpages that are not there own. More on when this activity continues. --goldenburg111 (talk) 21:36, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
Wikibooks is used extensively for class projects where the project is to write a textbook - this is a perfectly acceptable use for Wikibooks and should be here, not Wikiversity. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 08:46, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
QuiteUnusual, I was just very confused as they appeared to be having a lively conversation about their work, edit conflicts, etc. despite not having made any edits. --ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 10:52, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
Yes I felt the same. I suspect they've been told to create accounts ready to start a project... I'll be keeping an eye on it. The first steps of a class project are usually a real problem: misplaced pages; copyright violations; etc. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 10:55, 19 March 2014 (UTC)


Special:IPBlocklist is a redirect to Special:Blocklist. Moreover, this message appears not only for IP blocks, but account blocks as well. It's better if it is something like "See block list to review blocks.", imo. --Glaisher (discusscontribs) 09:39, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

I've adapted the version that is much more comprehensive. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 10:54, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
Yes, that is much better. Thank you, --Glaisher (discusscontribs) 11:51, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

Spam blacklist addition[edit]

Quiteunusual, or anybody else, could you add 'pornhub' to the spam blacklist? Or tell me how to do so as I'm not quite sure. Thanks.--ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 19:28, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

I'd never dealt with the blacklist, but with a bit of hunting I see the page is MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist, and the documentation for it, such as it is, is mw:Extension:SpamBlacklist.
The page is divided up into sections according to which admin add the entries.
Pretty much every entry starts and ends with "\b", which apparently means "unless preceded/followed by a letter".
I cobbled together something, thus. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 21:49, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. I had the page bookmarked but failed to read the documentation so was a bit confused on seeing that every entry began with a b. I thought for a moment that, maybe, we only block spam which starts with the letter b. At least I know what to do in future.--ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 22:38, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
I dimly recall a standup comedian in a routine, some years ago, explaining that his calendar didn't have any threes. He would have called the company to complain, but his phone didn't have any sevens. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 01:35, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
Regex... probably a book on it here you could read :-) QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 08:18, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
I admit I was rather turned off by the arrogance of the message on the blacklist page, calling some specific notation "REGEXP" as if only ignorance should prevent anyone from knowing exactly what notation they're talking about — "regexp" being the standard shortening of "regular expression", thus covering a slew of different mutually incompatible notations (which typically do not denote, mathematically speaking, regular expressions). --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 10:48, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
Indeed. I found trial and error and copying previous examples was the only way to make it work. The same form of Regex is used for the Abuse Filter, which has a test capability, so you can sandbox stuff there. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 11:27, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
A local blacklisting is actually not necessary as the link is globally blacklisted on all Wikimedia projects. See the global m:Spam blacklist at Meta. addition. --Glaisher (discusscontribs) 04:33, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
Strange, according to meta it has been blacklisted since 2011. I asked about editing the blacklist here because of such vandalism (on the date of my original post above) so not sure how that happened.--ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 12:15, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
Adding just, as the editor did, will not trigger the blacklist as it is not recognised as a URL. Adding http:// in front of the domain name will trigger the blacklist. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 13:39, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
The functionality is described here on MediaWiki. As it says, "the extension creates a single regex statement which looks like /https?:\/\/[a-z0-9\-.]*(line 1|line 2|line 3|....)/Si (where all slashes within the lines are escaped automatically)." In other words, you can't use the blacklist to catch something that isn't a proper URL. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 13:44, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
That makes sense. Thanks. --ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 13:49, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
Abuse filters can be used for such type of edits. --Glaisher (discusscontribs) 16:58, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

MediaWiki:Wikimedia-copyright: Please update the license title to Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. It is currently like this: "Attribution/Share-Alike". See the official website here: . Also see m:MediaWiki talk:Wikimedia-copyright --Glaisher (discusscontribs) 04:25, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done , thanks - QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 07:44, 17 April 2014 (UTC)


Please add an exception for 'autocreateaccount' as this is preventing many legitimate users from having accounts here. See the filter log for a list of false positives. --Glaisher (discusscontribs) 06:50, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

Actually, I think I have a better suggestion. As the filter is private, I will leave a message at the Notes section of that filter. --Glaisher (discusscontribs) 07:46, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
I have made the change you suggested in your message. I don't really do edit filters often, new fangled things that they are. Any second set of eyes to make sure I didn't make a mistake would be appreciated. Thenub314 (talk) 13:42, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
It is fine. Thank you, --Glaisher (discusscontribs) 16:21, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

Site Notice / Featured Books[edit]

I have had a clear out of old discussions on Featured Book Nominations (and also VfD). As there seems to have been so little activity with regards to such discussions recently I have added a notice about Featured Books and the discussions on the site notice. I noticed on other Wikimedia sites that they frequently include similar notices encouraging community discussion (see Wikinews and Wikivoyage). Any opinions?--ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 19:48, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Sounds good to me. Maybe add "How is your classroom contributing to Wikibooks?" to copy what another project has done. --darklama 20:05, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Uncontroversial book merge[edit]

Please merge Authoring Webpages should absorb the undeveloped Basic Web design and the category for the latter should be deleted. —Justin (koavf)TCM 20:08, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Vandalism past 'final warning'[edit]

The user with the IP: has had two warnings from Xania, and then they've continued to do vandalism. -CallumPoole (discusscontribs) 00:21, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

From the IP's edit history, I'm thinking multiple people (possibly a primary school classroom environment), short attention span. I've given them a one-day block. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 01:27, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

I no longer get notifications[edit]

Why after being a reviewer have my notifications stopped coming in? CallumPoole (discusscontribs) 14:51, 3 July 2014 (UTC) Is it because I'm not on the Wikibooks beta mode? I'll come back and check this page at a later date as I'm not notified.