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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).

For more general questions and assistance that doesn't require an administrator, please use the Assistance Reading Room.

dangerous pages, suggest user get help[edit]

Leucosctite made resources on suicide. I was looking at global contributions and was surprised to see this still continuing. Can someone look at it and suggest the user get help. These edits are still current. -sidelight12

Sidelight12, thanks for raising this concern; it is important that when someone needs help, we try to help them get it.
In this case, evidence suggests Leucosticte's immediate concern is one of content. (I certainly hope that's the case. It occurs to me that our book Suicide probably ought to provide a link to w:WP:EMERGENCY.) The new content has been discussed at Talk:Suicide#Suicide methods, which refers in turn to an earlier discussion at Wikiversity and a history of material moving between now-defunct non-wikimedia projects.
Regarding the content itself, if you're thinking about challenging its appropriateness, you should probably also read as background the two previous, unsuccessful nominations of the book for deletion, which are linked at the top of Talk:Suicide. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 13:01, 19 October 2014 (UTC)


Per Cookbook:Policy please rename the following:

Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 20:21, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Also (saved it too early):
Thanks. More forthcoming. —Justin (koavf)TCM 20:25, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
That should do it. —Justin (koavf)TCM 23:24, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
A simple way to postpone archiving of a thread such as this is to add a comment to it, with its own fresh date. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 12:05, 27 October 2014 (UTC)


I created this abusefilter due to repeated pattern spam which has been going on continuously for days on many wikis. PiRSquared17 (discusscontribs) 22:20, 31 October 2014 (UTC)


I'm sorry for blocking this user, but his edits seemed counterproductive, and he made some personal attacks against Wikibooks users. PiRSquared17 (discusscontribs) 04:08, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

Don't be sorry, help in dealing with this kind of editor is always appreciated - QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 10:04, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

Vandalism on User:D[edit]

I have found that User:D contains vandalism, reading "FNORD!"

I tried to request for speedy deletion, but an admin declined the request. 2602:306:CC2E:EFB0:3DC2:27E5:6FA:FFF6 (discuss) 01:07, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

It looks as if that page was actually created by User:D when not logged in. Their user page on some other sisters has the same content and was created while logged in. The user page here was created in 2004, and User:D did some editing here in 2007 and 2008 so had the opportunity to object but did not object. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 01:41, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
It was an IP user, namely, and he created the vandalism. 2602:306:CC2E:EFB0:3DC2:27E5:6FA:FFF6 (discuss) 21:37, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
It evidently wasn't vandalism, as that is the exact content User:D chose elsewhere; and all users have IPs, we just don't see what they unless they edit without logging in (as you are doing). --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 01:58, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Fluid Mechanics Applications[edit]

I have been trying to sort out this new book over the page few days including moving pages created in the wrong place, fixing typos and formatting and adding categories. Most pages contain lots of typos but then I noticed that the few pages without typos seem to have been copy and pasted from other sites. I have tagged the pages I've found so far and I have left notices on the editors' talk pages and the talk page for the main page of the book. I think we should keep an eye on edits to this book...--ЗAНИA Flag of the Isle of Mann.svgtalk 12:30, 23 November 2014 (UTC)