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Hi Artix here

Hi all,

If you have noticed, I've been globally locked. It was a good run though. I was falsely accused of sockpuppetry that is being unblocked. An appeal is in t he works for an unblock. Unfortunately, the sock block quickly spiralled out of control as other users decided to hunt across wiki and block me on several other wikis. Thus it was proper for a lock by a steward, as it was not worth continuing as a user with this username.

Much thanks to several users who made my time on wikibooks awesome. Shoutout to Atcovi, Pi zero, and QuiteUnusual for being friendly people and helpful to my enrichment. It was awesome editing the articles for the Guide to the Lord of the Rings and the Inheritance Cycle. Some day perhaps, I will come back and finish those books. Cheers. It was a pleasure.

Duplicated sentences from different IP ranges

Consequently to User_talk:大诺史#Rollback_to_unseen_vandalism_by_27.59.122.126, I've noticed that we are now attacked for several days by IPs which duplicate and reformat some paragraphs into some of our page. For example:

So please be careful about these accurate but unwanted added contents. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 13:05, 9 September 2019 (UTC)

Hi admins, now another page is attacked: NES Programming

By these IPs

2401:4900:2500:9851:1:1:4fdc:f187 (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count)

2401:4900:3313:76e9:1:1:4fdf:7cb9 (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count)

Concerned Wikibookians Encik Tekateki (discusscontribs) 06:14, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

In unwinding those edits and dealing out blocks, I also addressed
2401:4900:3312:F3EB:1:2:382F:B6C5 (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count)
--Pi zero (discusscontribs) 12:10, 15 September 2019 (UTC)
+1 @ 2401:4900:331F:6A32:1:2:5ACD:E999 (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count). (Talk/留言/토론/Discussion) 08:41, 17 September 2019 (UTC)
Blocked. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 12:12, 17 September 2019 (UTC)
@Pi zero: +2 @ 2401:4900:3360:3253:1:0:33CC:576D (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count) & 2401:4900:3360:3253:1:0:3422:F1D (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count). (Talk/留言/토론/Discussion) 14:14, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
+1 (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count). (Talk/留言/토론/Discussion)
Three specific IPs blocked. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 14:32, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
@Pi zero: +1 @ (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count). (Talk/留言/토론/Discussion) 13:59, 29 September 2019 (UTC)
Got. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 14:53, 29 September 2019 (UTC)
+4. (Talk/留言/토론/Discussion) 14:50, 6 October 2019 (UTC) (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count) (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count)
2401:4900:3360:d523:1:0:5d22:c129 (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count) (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count)
Blocked. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 16:37, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
+1. (Talk/留言/토론/Discussion) 16:42, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
2401:4900:3365:369:1:0:7796:7a0f (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count)
Blocked. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 16:59, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
FYI, it's still ongoing:
JackPotte (discusscontribs) 05:24, 25 November 2019 (UTC)

Please block - inserting nonsense into pages. —Hasley (discusscontribs) 14:58, 6 December 2019 (UTC)

Done By Atcovi. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 11:04, 7 December 2019 (UTC)

A lot of vandalism from IP. A block would probably help. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 23:05, 12 December 2019 (UTC)

Blocked. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 23:31, 12 December 2019 (UTC)
Cheers! --Jules (Mrjulesd) 23:41, 12 December 2019 (UTC)


Please block indef. LTA. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 15:34, 21 December 2019 (UTC)

Done. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 15:38, 21 December 2019 (UTC)
Thanks! --Jules (Mrjulesd) 15:52, 21 December 2019 (UTC)
@Mrjulesd: It is better to ask for a global lock instead of a local block for a LTA like this. Please report such cases to m:SRG, thanks! Masumrezarock100 (discusscontribs) 17:53, 21 December 2019 (UTC)
@Masumrezarock100: Done , evidence of cross-wiki abuse so appropriate. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 18:05, 21 December 2019 (UTC)
Mentioning at both places seems to me worthwhile. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 18:52, 21 December 2019 (UTC)
Comment: Most of the time it turns out that master accounts of these type of sock accounts are locked. Evading global lock is itself an abuse. As such their socks should be locked even if you found no evidence of crosswiki abuse from the current account. And for your information, the sockmaster is a globally banned user, w:en:User:Projects aka Lujpko Steriv. (GRP). Masumrezarock100 (discusscontribs) 23:03, 21 December 2019 (UTC)
<nods> It's also useful to request local action, since from time to time local action might (by whatever sequence of events) occur sooner and would presumably be useful in the meantime as the local wiki is (we are supposing) one place where damage is actually being done. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 00:18, 22 December 2019 (UTC)
I agree. Also I'm not familiar with many cross-wiki LTAs so this is harder to work out. Also blocking on individual projects might make the job easier for the stewards to see the disruption. So both places seems ideal. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 11:58, 22 December 2019 (UTC)
Good point. A block would stop the abuse on this project for a while. But these LTAs tend to go vandalize other projects after they get blocked on one project. So after reporting them locally, I'd check their global contributions/CentralAuth if I were you. And if appropriate, report them to #wikimedia-stewards channel on freenode or m:SRG. The former option is faster if stewards are online. For more information about these LTAs, I recommend to check out LTA case list on English Wikipedia. For this one though, you'll find no case there because of w:en:WP:DENY and other reasons. Still it is helpful. Masumrezarock100 (discusscontribs) 18:56, 22 December 2019 (UTC)

Semi protect the Talk:Dutch Empire/Indonesian Independence

As per seen in this link, this page is one of the hotspot for Wikibooks "troll attack "page :

Its been deleted for 7 times as recently as in Q4 of 2019 and possible countless time of the reverting the content of troll's feud feud with Antdraus ? and Plystar?
Link :

For fresh start, can consider to semi protect the pages for 1 year so that disruptive editing can be avoided and not to waste time of blanking/reverting/blanking edit summary

Proposed by Encik Tekateki (discusscontribs) 04:11, 31 December 2019 (UTC)

I don't like to semi-protect the talk page of a content page. IPs should not be prevented from making suggestions. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 04:20, 31 December 2019 (UTC)
My goodness! @Encik Tekateki: That's a LTA, Steriv Lujpko aka George Reeves Person. I get the feeling that he is gonna create that page again. Atandras is an English Wikipedia admin who has been harassed by GRP since 2005. Please do NOT involve yourself any further if you don't want to get harassed by him. Protecting the page doesn't seem a good idea to me as he will just use another page. Instead keep an eye on in case they materialize and let admins know. I recommend to set up an abuse filter to stop this. Masumrezarock100 (discusscontribs) 06:30, 31 December 2019 (UTC)
Thanks @Masumrezarock100: for heads up. I shall stay away from him.
Forever Grateful Encik Tekateki (discusscontribs) 10:50, 31 December 2019 (UTC)
@Pi zero: GRP is back and he again created the page. Masumrezarock100 (discusscontribs) 02:04, 9 January 2020 (UTC)
Zapped; thx. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 02:19, 9 January 2020 (UTC)
@Pi zero: I had a feeling that GRP was going to create that page again. So I created the talk page with just {{talk page}}. I hope it's OK with you, next time he does this again, you can just revert and revdel the diffs and apply short time protections if needed. Thanks. Masumrezarock100 (discusscontribs) 12:30, 12 January 2020 (UTC)
Fair enough. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 13:08, 12 January 2020 (UTC)


LTA adding garbage to numerous pages. Please block. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 17:06, 8 January 2020 (UTC)

Note: appears to be same user as and blocked earlier today by @Pi zero:. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 18:06, 8 January 2020 (UTC)
Blocked this one, and "", and "". Got ahead of it for a few moments, and rangeblocked ""; was bemused to find I'd done exactly the same rangeblock back in October. And then cleaned up after "", which they'd turned to in the seconds between the last of those specific IP blocks and the rangeblock. --Pi zero (discusscontribs)
(Note: I see there's now a global block on that runs a whole month. Interesting.) --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 18:54, 8 January 2020 (UTC)
@QuiteUnusual: How would I go about assessing the possible collateral damage from a significantly longer-duration rangeblock on that range? (Or is the answer to that, "ask a checkuser"?) --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 18:49, 8 January 2020 (UTC)
@Pi zero: Correct, ask a CU! I've had a look and widened the block to the /16 and extended to a year. There's no impact on legitimate editors. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 09:53, 9 January 2020 (UTC)
Excellent work Pi zero! I have just noticed that they are now globally blocked for a month, see Special:Contributions/, presumably they're a cross-wiki LTA. They're a continual nuisance, but hopefully these blocks will slow them down somewhat. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 19:02, 8 January 2020 (UTC)
Yeah, evidently we weren't the only ones they ticked off. :-)  --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 19:10, 8 January 2020 (UTC)
correct. It's a LTA. I asked around a bit about them after I first encountered them. But I could not get more intel on them. They started out an an IP and continues to vandalize crosswiki by copy-pasting the same information from Wikisource. If you see them around, please report them at m:SRG, thanks! Don't hesitate to click the rollback button if it's them. Masumrezarock100 (discusscontribs) 02:10, 9 January 2020 (UTC)
What is LTA?--ЗAНИA Flag of the Isle of Mann.svgtalk 10:16, 9 January 2020 (UTC)
Long term abuse, someone who continually causes disruption. Its used on Wikipedia and other places, e.g. see W:WP:LTA. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 10:43, 9 January 2020 (UTC)
Thanks--ЗAНИA Flag of the Isle of Mann.svgtalk 13:23, 9 January 2020 (UTC)
Also (admins), if the blocks aren't working because of, say, IP hopping, take a look at filter 64 and update with the relevant target text. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 14:36, 9 January 2020 (UTC)


Template:Vandal IP vandal. Please block. Masumrezarock100 (discusscontribs) 04:46, 11 January 2020 (UTC)

also please import w:en:Template:vandal and w:en:Template:IPVandal from enwiki. So that we can use it here. Masumrezarock100 (discusscontribs) 04:48, 11 January 2020 (UTC)
The user has been blocked. Don't have the time to import anything right now but will try to later if someone doesn't beat me to it. Thanks for your work in reverting the user's edits.--ЗAНИA Flag of the Isle of Mann.svgtalk 06:59, 11 January 2020 (UTC)