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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.

Page protection request

Protection request for Talk:Structural Biochemistry/Warfarin due to edit warring and repeated vandalism by banned user hiding behind multiple IPs. —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 17:04, 19 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Structural Biochemistry/Warfarin also needs protection @JackPotte @Xania @Atcovi @MarcGarver @Leaderboard @Minorax @Mrjulesd. And, is there any way we can find a more permanent solution to this vandal/LTA? It seems to be requiring more continual admin monitoring/action than is sustainable at present. —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 19:29, 20 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Kittycataclysm: Done; the talk page was already protected. I also recommend you consider getting temporary adminship for the purpose of combating vandalism (see WB:ADMIN). Regarding the spam, admins (and some other users) have access to filter 65 which is what (used to) block a lot of GRP spam. Unfortunately, it requires continuous maintenance, and was prone to false-positives (which was particularly problematic given the power of the filter). Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 19:46, 20 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Okay thank you, I'll look into it! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 22:24, 20 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I realise this is probably not going to do anything, but could an admin temporarily protect Brief History of Europe/Europe since 1914‎? It's another playground for our WMF-banned pest. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 11:59, 22 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
and Talk:Interesting social sciences/Political regimes‎, please. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 12:45, 22 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And Talk:Soviet History? Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 13:20, 22 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
apologies for making a request on Christmas, but could someone also protect Talk:The implementation of E-Government/E-Government by country/Russia/Internet representation of the President of Russia? TIA, SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 22:00, 24 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Revdel request

Should Special:Diff/4222280 be revision-deleted? I couldn't find any policy on en.wb suggesting that it should, but the edit should explain for itself. TIA, --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 06:28, 23 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

See WB:CENSOR. That is most likely a no. L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 21:28, 18 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Block request

2601:204:4100:AC60:781F:211C:742:8833 (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count): PCV. --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 07:32, 23 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done by Styyx. Thank you for handling this IP, Styyx :-). SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 09:29, 23 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Block request

58.145.185.241 (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count): not here to build Wikibooks; only here to make promotional edits. --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 10:58, 23 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Block request

WIKIGENOCIDE2 (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count): WMF-banned user (GRP/Ljupco). --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 07:30, 24 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Account now globally locked. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 08:22, 25 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Block request

173.184.132.32 (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count): disruptive editing and x-wiki abuse. --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 03:09, 25 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done. 𝟙𝟤𝟯𝟺𝐪𝑤𝒆𝓇𝟷𝟮𝟥𝟜𝓺𝔴𝕖𝖗𝟰 (𝗍𝗮𝘭𝙠) 03:14, 25 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Protection request

Please protect Talk:Interesting social sciences/Political elite, vandalism target. Fehufanga (discusscontribs) 07:56, 25 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done by Mtarch11. 𝟙𝟤𝟯𝟺𝐪𝑤𝒆𝓇𝟷𝟮𝟥𝟜𝓺𝔴𝕖𝖗𝟰 (𝗍𝗮𝘭𝙠) 14:35, 27 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Block request

SHB2000GENOCIDE (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count): abusive username, likely GRP (only time will tell once they make their first edit). --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 12:18, 27 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Just done by 1234qwer1234qwer4! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 14:34, 27 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Protection request

Protection requested for Wikijunior:World War II/Joseph Stalin due to LTA. Thanks! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 16:59, 27 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

and Talk:The Cold War/Potsdam, please. Days of counterproductive edit-warring does not help. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 12:59, 28 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
just done by 1234qwer1234qwer4! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 15:59, 28 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Done by Xania. —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 15:55, 28 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Protection request

Requesting protection of The Cold War/Potsdam due to vandalism. Thanks! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 22:46, 28 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Issue resolved. —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 15:04, 29 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Protection request

Hello! @JackPotte @Xania @Atcovi @MarcGarver @Leaderboard @Minorax @Mrjulesd requesting protection for the following pages due to vandalism by LTAs:

I also think the talk pages for all of these should be protected, since vandals often move to the talk pages once the main page is protected. Thanks! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 14:56, 29 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done . --Minorax«¦talk¦» 15:02, 29 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you so much!! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 15:03, 29 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for protecting these pages, Minorax. Let's hope he doesn't move on to another page. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 22:25, 29 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Protection request

Hello! @JackPotte @Xania @Atcovi @MarcGarver @Leaderboard @Minorax @Mrjulesd, could we protect the following pages and their talk pages due to vandalism and LTA:

Honestly, I also would suggest protecting the entire books as well (if possible) instead of just individual pages, since the LTAs tend to hop between pages and talk pages as soon as one is protected. I feel like a certain degree of preventative measures need to be taken due to the sheer volume and persistence of the vandalism. Thank you! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 18:36, 30 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Kittycataclysm:, all of the books listed above have been protected to an appropriate degree. This change will not show up in recent changes log as it is an abuse filter (filter 69). Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 18:40, 30 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Leaderboard Oops, I see! Out of curiosity (and so I don't inadvertently request protection of pages already being protected), what is filter 69, and how does it work? And, does this protect the talk pages as well? Cheers! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 19:41, 30 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Kittycataclysm:, it simply protects the books listed above, and protects the talk pages as well. Users not meeting a specific criteria will get this message if they try to edit. Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 20:01, 30 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Got it, thanks! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 17:17, 31 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Block requests

72.50.4.109 (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count) and 72.50.5.198 (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count): PCV. --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 23:46, 31 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Marking as stale just for records' sakes. —Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 19:20, 18 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Spam. – Tryvix1509 (discusscontribs) 14:45, 10 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@SHB2000: Tryvix1509 (discusscontribs) 14:53, 10 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Done by MarcGarver! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 19:40, 10 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Tryvix1509: apologies for not getting to this earlier. Was out-of-town and didn't have access to a computer (but thanks for handling this, Kittycataclysm and MarcGarver!). --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 12:16, 20 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

User:Gonna get autoconfirmed in 4 days

I'm pretty sure User:Gonna get autoconfirmed in 4 days is a vandal waiting for autoconfirmation to edit protected pages, but they have not done anything egregious yet. Any thoughts on how to deal with this? —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 03:31, 17 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@MarcGarver@Xania@JackPotte@Atcovi@Leaderboard@Mrjulesd Any recommendations? —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 19:17, 18 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Personally there doesn't seem to be enough proof to justify blocking this account, albeit this is strange. Personally I'd just wait it out, unless someone else has a different, justified opinion. —Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 19:21, 18 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I agree with Atcovi. Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 19:42, 18 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
We know that our LTA "friend" is making accounts with no edits, and waiting for autopromotion. But I think it very unlikely that a legitimate user would have a username like that, plus that they have a userpage but no mainspace edits... But usernames like that, as far as I know, is not against any policy. If this user does turns out to be a vandal, I say block any new accounts with a similar username with no edits within 2 - 3 days of account creation. L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 21:41, 18 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is why we need WB:Reading room/General#Autoconfirmed requirements to get decided apon soon. Like, really soon (probably within a month). L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 21:44, 18 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
CheckUser evidence confirms it is the LTA, so the account can be blocked. MarcGarver (discusscontribs) 11:57, 19 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Gotcha, thanks for taking care of that! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 22:22, 19 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Can admins block User:1988josecard1988 because he is obviously a LTA. Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 15:04, 23 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

DoneKittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 18:38, 23 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Block request

Can admins block User:ImDaMann because he is obviouly a LTA? Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 07:23, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done – already handled three minutes before this request was made. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 07:24, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Can admins block User:ImDaFellow because he is obviously a LTA. Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 08:15, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 09:07, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The User:KittyFukUp username is obviously inappropriate, so can admins block this username? Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 08:21, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done blocked indef as an inappropriate and abusive username. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 09:07, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Xeverything11, MBrickn:, and anybody else watching this page, does anybody mind if I write a user script to make it easier to request blocking a user? I think I have the general idea of how to do it. Might make this whole LTA thing a little bit simpler. L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 12:02, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Mbrickn: got your username wrong. L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 12:03, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Just tried and failed to find something to help me write it, so I just sent a message at m:Tech for help with this. L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 12:51, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The script can be found at User:L10nM4st3r/ReportUser.js. But do not use it yet. Unless you want to report users to the sandbox. L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 15:06, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

== Please [don't] block L10nM4st3r== One final test to make sure it goes to the right page. No, dont block me xD L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 15:47, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Above is an example of the script in use. It should be mostly ready now. Just go to a users page, talkpage or contribs with the script installed and you have the option to report them. It will be in a tab called "report". Tell me if you find it useful! (not intended for admins, since they can just block them) L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 15:51, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@L10nM4st3r: That's a very useful tool. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 22:28, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I made some recent edits away from my chromebook, so please don't scream at me if it doesn't work. I will be able to run another test tomorrow. L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 22:32, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Or if you hate waiting, use the version last made on my chromebook for now. L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 22:38, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ok, ive fixed it up now. L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 17:09, 25 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Can admins block User:Deadcomrade because he is obviously a LTA. Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 16:40, 25 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Marking this as globally locked, for the purpose of simplicity. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 11:46, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please block Comradegogi

Wmf banned user Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 07:42, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Handled by Mtarch11. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 08:30, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please block Urvashisharma12a

Spam Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 12:21, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

DoneKittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 13:02, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wmf banned user, see filter log Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 13:44, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done --Xania Flag of Estonia.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg talk 02:31, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please block Belgumin

Wmf banned user Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 07:55, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done by SHB2000 L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 08:16, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please block MightyHeroHard

Wmf banned user; similar username to MightyHeroStrikesBackHard Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 09:46, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done as per w:WP:DUCK. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 09:54, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please block MighyHeroHard

Wmf banned user; sock of MightyHeroStrikesBackHard Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 13:35, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please block Featured Books

Edit war in Unbooks:Main Page (3RR) Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 16:10, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oh, this user is obviously a LTA. Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 16:15, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Done by Leaderboard. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 20:26, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please block Networthon938

Wmf banned user Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 08:05, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 09:12, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please block 61.220.170.133

LTA Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 08:11, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I second this. Cross-wiki harasser. LTA. SVTCobra 08:25, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Done SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 09:12, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Reason: Wmf banned user Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 20:59, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Protection request

Can User:Xeverything11 be semi-protected indefinitely because LTAs are vandalising the page? Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 21:24, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done . SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 19:48, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please block 190.6.16.108 (talk · contribs)

Reason: LTA Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 12:32, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

DoneKittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 13:01, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please block B2223222 (talk · contribs)

Reason: LTA Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 19:55, 7 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]