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Unwanted PokeStarFan Comments[edit]

Is there some way to prevent the endless comments I get after every edit of a page?
It seems only to come from the same referenced individual. Armchair (discusscontribs) 13:36, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

@Armchair: Please explain more; I don't recognize the problem you're asking about. PokestarFan has not edited Wikibooks since November. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 16:30, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

On the page Internet_ADSL2+_Speed I find notices PokeStarFan thanks you for your edit on Internet ADSL... ect. There are about eight of these for quite trivial edits... Is it an automatic response of some kind? Such subjects do not usually attract fan clubs!
Armchair (discusscontribs) 11:32, 11 February 2018 (UTC)

I am assuming that they are clicking (or automating) the "Thank" function however nothing is logged recently see here. Is it still happening? QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 10:59, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
@Armchair: Fwiw, PokestarFan has a mixed history on the project. They seem to me to be earnest (I liked their enthusiasm), but their application of automation has often been of ambivalent utility, helpful in some ways and problematic in others, often simultaneously. For a while last year they were one of several users helping out with the big category migration I'd undertaken, and during part of that time they were thanking me for a great many of my edits (iirc, largely edits neatifying some of the categories they had worked on). Btw, the way that ended was that PokestarFan did a mass move of a thousand categories or so, which was clearly meant to help, and arguably may have shortened the whole project by months, but nixed the methodology I'd been using and maximized how long individual categories spent broken during the process; and in the aftermath of that, PokestarFan stopped editing. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 12:36, 12 February 2018 (UTC)[edit] (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count) keeps adding inappropriate content to articles. I've already warned them twice. --Ixfd64 (discusscontribs) 21:59, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

Blocked for 1 week. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 23:46, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

Solar System/Print version[edit]

Why is this page tagged for deletion? I don't see it in the source code so its transcluded in a template, but I don't know how to navigate through those templates. Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 03:59, 18 February 2018 (UTC)

@Artix Kreiger: I don't think it has been. The category must be coming from some page that it transcludes, yet none of the transcluded pages are in the category, which is odd. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 04:15, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
@Artix Kreiger: Ah! It's because page Solar System/Moon has been queried, more than seven days ago. For some reason the wiki platform decided to list the transcluding page but didn't get around to upating the transcluded one. (Fixed that.) I imagine the subpage will want deletion... but alas I'm on my last legs, for tonight, and hesitate to make decisions about deleting things when I'm this tired. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 04:20, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
Btw, I used the "Related changes" link on the left-hand nav bar of the print version to figure out what transcluded page had recently been altered that could account for the category. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 04:23, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
ah I should have done that. Thanks for the help and knowledge. Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 19:53, 22 February 2018 (UTC)[edit] (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count) has both vandalised and made constructive edits to A-level_Computing/AQA/Paper_1/Skeleton_program/AS2017, leading me to suspect multiple users on the same IP. Vwilding (discusscontribs) 11:45, 23 February 2018 (UTC)

Left IP a warning. Will watch for edits from this IP. Thanks. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 11:57, 23 February 2018 (UTC)


With reference espeically to WB:RFD#More unverified news, I have left a notice at Efex3's user talk, User talk:Efex3#Wikibooks. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 04:19, 4 March 2018 (UTC)

I have not adding "news" for a long time.--Efex3 (discusscontribs) 06:49, 4 March 2018 (UTC)
After knowing that "news" is inappropriate for language learning material, I will never add "news" again.--Efex3 (discusscontribs) 07:13, 4 March 2018 (UTC)
My continuing concern (not to confuse the issue as clumsily as I did on the user's page, just now) is that they were warned a year and a half ago about the inappropriateness of dumping news and dictionary material here, yet they only stopped the news at the end of January 2018 and the dictionary material continues. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 12:55, 4 March 2018 (UTC)
I have been told that some pages are copyright violated, then I stopped adding copyright violated pages. Recently I have known that "news" is not suitable for language learning material, so I also stopped adding "news". Anyway, I won't add any "news" again.
About "dictionary entries", could you let me know what "dictionary entries" I have added recently?--Efex3 (discusscontribs) 14:54, 4 March 2018 (UTC)
Hey Efex3, most of your contributions looked like a phrase book or sorts. Could they be integrated in a lesson on wikiversity? Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 14:00, 5 March 2018 (UTC)
Yes, it is a good suggestion.--Efex3 (discusscontribs) 16:22, 5 March 2018 (UTC)
I'm on my way to being reassured about this material, which has bothered me for a long time. There are things I have never fully understood about what is actually done at Wikiversity, though I'm aware one important difference between here and there is that they allow original research (which doesn't seem applicable, since we're talking about a phrase book). --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 12:27, 6 March 2018 (UTC)