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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.

Pending reviews in the LaTeX-Wikibook[edit]

I try to do some fixes to the wikibook. Some changes are reviewed quite quickly, other stuff is laying around for months without being checked. For example LaTeX/Modular_Documents. Can the admins (and reviewers) please check? I don't have the right to review yet. --Johannes Bo (discusscontribs) 08:40, 7 October 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done JackPotte (discusscontribs) 09:49, 7 October 2016 (UTC)

Repeated vandalism[edit]

Hi. Please see this history and block IP (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count) for repeated vandalism in this page. Thanks. --Ks-M9 (discusscontribs) 00:14, 18 October 2016 (UTC).

Yes check.svg Done Blocked for one year, nothing good to expect from it. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 00:29, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
Surely we don't want to block an IP for an entire year; IPs being locations rather than people, after all? Pardon, but I dialed this back to 1 month. Even if the IP were only the one person (which we don't know), that might not still be so in a while. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 02:07, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
I agree with Pi zero on this one, 1 year is just too much. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 13:52, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
Internet cafés. Not everybody has an own connection to th world wide web. I would be sad to know that a group of people is banned from making improvements for one year because one of the group misbehaved. --Johannes Bo (discusscontribs) 20:08, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
Well I disagree with shortening the block. This IP is allocated to a school (Macarthur Anglican School) and has been blocked for two years on the English Wikipedia - which has a lot more people to police vandalism than us - due to consistent unproductive editing. It is not unreasonable to effectively indefinitely block a school because they have computer use policies and the staff to enforce the policies. If they fail to police their own students then I don't see why we should have to do it for them. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 13:12, 24 October 2016 (UTC)
This is a situation where some hint of that stuff (if known at the time) might have been very helpful to have in the deletion log summary. I might have been persuaded thereby not to shorten it. I don't see it as too much of a problem, because if, after a month, further problems ensue, it'll be clear that a longer block is justified; my main concern would be that the admin who deals with this hypothetical problem down the road might be lacking the context of this discussion; but, a number of folks have now been involved, so there's a good chance it'd be handled by someone in-the-know. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 21:07, 24 October 2016 (UTC)
But this someone is just supposed to have read Wikibooks:Blocking_policy#Duration_of_blocks, which doesn't offer any example, not even the words day, month or year. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 21:48, 24 October 2016 (UTC)