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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 block User:Abelard4 and User:Abelard42 IP[edit]

Yesterday I've warned User talk:Abelard4 to stop spamming our articles, but today he's respamming:

  1. Several pages for which these URL are out of topic.
  2. Without any discussion.
  3. With a sockpuppet account User talk:Abelard42.
  4. It's a cross-wiki spam on Wikipedia and Wikinews.

JackPotte (discusscontribs) 08:36, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

Both accounts have been locked globally by a Steward. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 07:50, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

Oddly similar minor vandalism[edit]

Just noting here, in case it turns out to matter later. Two different accounts, created about a day apart around the beginning of this month, that have basically never done anything else. [1], [2].

It's been suggested to me this sort of thing is likely to be different people in the same class. With that in mind, I've just given each of the two accounts a 24 hour block —I hadn't bothered to block them at all, at first— to let them, and others in their class if that were to be what was going on, know they shouldn't be doing that. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 11:06, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

They are sockpuppets (confirmed by CheckUser) or possibly meatpuppets. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 11:24, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Mumfum was a vandalism spree Wikibooks went through about 6-8 years ago. It was a constant problem although I'd thought that some filter had been made to deal with the problem.--ЗAНИA Flag of the Isle of Mann.svgtalk 15:30, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Just did my (to the best of my memory) first indefblock on en.wb (I do 'em on en.wn all the time). Blown Fuse. Obviously related. They'd also vandalized one page on Wikiquote, though in a different mode, no Mumfum in evidence. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 11:10, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
He is the same person as the "ass pus" vandal who has been doing similar attacks on other WMF wikis. He first appeared on the English Wikipedia in late 2004 as the "pelican shit" vandal, if I remember correctly. I thought he would have grown out of it after 10 years, but I guess I was wrong. :\ --Ixfd64 (discusscontribs) 05:32, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
Just because this vandal's behavior is infantile doesn't mean their age irl is low. They may have grown into this behavior. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 11:43, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

Bananagram (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count)[edit]

The latest incarnation of the "mumfum" vandal. --Ixfd64 (discusscontribs) 22:56, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Blocked. Also Iksploot_Fafrook (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count). --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 03:32, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

Hortonwho (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count)[edit]

Another sockpuppet of the "mumfum" vandal. --Ixfd64 (discusscontribs) 01:48, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Spammer & Protection Required[edit]


Please see IP, and its contribution Request you to keep a check on it, and is further Vandalism is done, please block it. The current one has been reverted by myself. The page World History/Civilization and Empires in the Indian Subcontinent requires Protection once more on an urgent basis. Jai Jinendra. Vishal Bakhai - WorksFlag of India.svg 16:28, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Also for the following User - User:Godzilla25. User put his user id in the edit. I have reverted the edit and have warned the user. Request to keep a tab on this user too. Again Danke Schôn. Jai Jinendra Vishal Bakhai - WorksFlag of India.svg 21:20, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
The following page New Zealand History/Missionaries, is going through a lot of vandalism, and edit war. Please Protect the page, and look at the IP plagiarising the page: Jai Jinendra Vishal Bakhai - WorksFlag of India.svg 22:04, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
I semi-protected the page for a year. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 02:06, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
I am not sure, if you missed this, but the page World History/Civilization and Empires in the Indian Subcontinent also requires protection, as there are edit wars and insertions within the book (literal war) being done. Pi, if you can look at the same as well. Jai Jinendra. Vishal Bakhai - WorksFlag of India.svg 08:34, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
Fair enough; one-year semi-protected that one also. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 12:25, 8 September 2014 (UTC)