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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.

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. —Preceding unsigned comment by CallumPoole (discusscontribs) added before 1:48, 25 August 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)

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)