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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.

Merge Computer Hardware with How_To_Assemble_A_Desktop_PC[edit]

I plan to move the content of the first book with sections of the latter book.
The latter book has made the former book obsolete and unnecessary. --Leaderboard 18:20, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Once you have completed the moves, please add {{Now merged}} to each source page and identify where you copied the content to. This will allow an admin to perform a history merge to preserve the attribution for the original authors. Thanks. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 10:40, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

Spam bots[edit]

This user(User:Chuck_m_42 has been spamming , he has created irrelevant pages.

Or(if at all) , the title of the page is improper. --Leaderboard 14:09, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

I actually wouldn't consider that account a spambot - there's no evidence of spam. From their contributions thus far, they appear to be someone who does not understand the concept of Wikibooks and simply created an off-topic page. I've gone ahead and deleted it and left them a note with a link to our guide on using Wikibooks. --Az1568 (discusscontribs) 08:12, 2 February 2015 (UTC)


These two have been given warnings, but nonetheless has ignored the warnings. --atcovi (talk) 14:36, 5 February 2015 (UTC) - as well. Has been getting warnings by User:Ruy Pugliesi. Has ignored the warnings, keeps blanking/vandalizing Data Coding Theory/Hamming Codes. --atcovi (talk) 14:38, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
I reverted all the 11 edits by the address. It took some time as it wasn't working because of some reason that I didn't understand.

I suggest that we wait. Any further vandalism should lead to a ban.--Leaderboard 14:41, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

They have stopped for now. If they strike back we should immediately temporarily block them. --atcovi (talk) 14:43, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the report, we'll keep an eye on it. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 16:11, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
One more: Probably 2nd strike we block this since it only made 3 out of 3 bad edits? --atcovi (talk) 00:36, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
I blocked this one for 24 hours. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 00:46, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Can a few of the admins here be a bit more active?[edit]

Sorry if I'm being bossy/rude, but we need an admin a bit more active. We've been having a lot of vandalism today with no admins around to block/take action. Is it because of timezones? Thanks. --atcovi (talk) 00:16, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Have you considered using IRC to get the attention of an admin? I'm almost always on there 24/7 as AlexZ_ in both the #cvn-sw (SWMT channel) and #wikibooks... --Az1568 (discusscontribs) 08:01, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Most of the anti vandal work here is performed by the Global Sysops. If there's nobody around try the #wikimedia-stewards channel which the Global Sysops and Stewards use. In terms of the local admins, there's only a handful and we have real lives too I'm afraid. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 08:56, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Alternatively you can also try either posting on my talk page or using "Email this user". I usually respond to email in less than an hour as long as it is not the middle of the night UTC. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 09:00, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
@Az1568 - I've been there a lot as well, I'll contact you from there.
@QuiteUnusual - Ok, thanks. --atcovi (talk) 12:18, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
I agree with atcovi though. What he says is correct. I know though that there are very few admins... we could consider adding more admins probably.--Leaderboard 19:34, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Spam bot[edit]

This user(Special:Contributions/ has been spamming. He is most likely a spam bot.
This is becase it is somehow interested in editing that and only that page with the same content(why?). --Leaderboard 19:51, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Yes, s/he keeps spamming about "Boxing" on. They are also using different IP Addresses, such as:,,, and more. The spamming of "boxing" is on Talk:Fighting. I say we keep an eye on Talk:Fighting since that is where this IP is spamming about it. There are more IP's as well, check the history of the page for more IP's. Thanks. --atcovi (talk) 20:07, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Since there are several IP's, nearly same as the original IP, keep spamming about Boxing, the IP is most likely using a Proxy. --atcovi (talk) 21:11, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
The IP's have been blocked with a range block by Ruy Pugliesi: Link 1 and 2 . Maybe when they spam again we block this range longer after each block? --atcovi (talk) 13:53, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Request for deletion needs to be closed?[edit] - Started on August, first vote was on September, later on in the months 3 more voters have voted. Shouldn't this be closed since the consensus is keep? Thanks. --atcovi (talk) 00:06, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

You've already closed it , and I've placed the concluded template for that issue.--Leaderboard 13:46, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, I posted this before I got ahead to closing the Deletion Requests. I just thought only admins can close deletion requests, but looks like I've gone ahead and closed those requests. Thanks. --atcovi (talk) 13:48, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
Though I think that only admins can close deletion requests , I don't think they'll mind with what you have done.--Leaderboard 13:51, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, I talked to Pizero on IRC about it and he/she said it was fine. --atcovi (talk) 13:54, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
Though there are times when closure should be left to an admin (anything controversial, anything that would require admin action), I don't think there's any problem with an uncontroversial no-action closure by a non-admin. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 14:58, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
I've removed an {{rfd}} template from a page whose rfd was closed, and added {{rfd-survived}} to two talk pages. (This is another example of why I mean to create a semi-automated assistant for rfd closure; lots of fiddly details to take care of.) --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 15:07, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Please help me move content in Wikibook "Sensory Systems"[edit]

On request from the Wikipedian administrators, I am trying to re-structure the wikibook on "Sensory Systems", which has gotten too long. In the process I ran into a problem: I would like to move the section Sensory Systems/Computer Models#Vestibular Implants to Sensory Systems/Neurosensory Implants/Vestibular Implants

Somehow I have gotten myself into a pickle with the restructuring, and am not allowed to do that (despite the fact that I have ensured that the latter link is empty. Could you please do that content-move for me? Thanks, thomas --Thomas.haslwanter (discusscontribs) 13:27, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

I'm puzzled by the background on this. What do Wikipedian administrators have anything to do with the structure of a Wikibook? Or is that a typo? Off hand it seems there's no such thing as a book getting "too long"; the concept of "too long" could apply to a Wikipedia article, or an individual page of a book, but not to a book as a whole. (And I really do hope "Wikipedian administrators" was a typo, because Wikipedian administrators have, on the face of it, no business having an opinion about how a Wikibook should be arranged.) --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 13:34, 10 February 2015 (UTC)
In addition to Pi zero: The only way to move a section from one page to another is Cut & Paste, normally. In this specific situation you have to decide whether you want to get the full content of Sensory Systems/Computer Models/Vestibular System Simulation to Sensory Systems/Neurosensory Implants/Vestibular Implants. If so, you may move this page and remove the line {{:Sensory Systems/Computer Models/Vestibular System Simulation}} from the Computer Models page. By the way, are you familiar with the feature of embedding pages? Look for "embedding" or "embedded" like templates in the Wikibooks:Help. -- Juetho (discusscontribs) 13:59, 10 February 2015 (UTC)
I believe Thomas was responding to an edit notice and believed it was an "administrator" who had requested the restructure. There was a separate discussion on this problem here and the issue is now resolved. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 11:09, 18 February 2015 (UTC)


Hi. I've moved this shortcut-redirect to WB:MISC because it conflicts with the interwiki prefix for Wikibooks. I hope nobody minds. PiRSquared17 (discusscontribs) 03:50, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi. I don't mind. --Glaisher (discusscontribs) 03:52, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
The correct link is phab:T2955. Please don't crucify me for using GR/GS rights, I wasn't really thinking about it. I'm sorry. Anyway, WB: is the normal shortcut so I think it was correct. PiRSquared17 (discusscontribs) 03:55, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
The move looks good to me and I don't have any issue with you utilizing GS for this. Thanks! --Az1568 (discusscontribs) 04:09, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
@PiRSquared17: Why does the phabricator thing mention cross-wiki templates? I thought cross-wiki templates were on the list of no-way-in-hell features, that would never be allowed on wikimedia. (Which has nothing to do with the single-letter project prefixes, which it'd be nice to have go to mainspace in their own project so wikilinks wouldn't have to be rewritten when imported.) --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 10:45, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
@Pi zero: I don't think they're actually going to enable cross-wiki templates any time soon, but this bug would need to be fixed before they hypothetically did. More practically, I think the new global user page feature might be affected, but I'm not sure. In any case, b: should work like w: does on Wikipedia. PiRSquared17 (discusscontribs) 17:30, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
@PiRSquared17: I agree that b: should work that way here, v: on wikiversity, and so on. It's always been a pain that the syntax for wikilinks to another project works everywhere except on the target project. I was just surprised, and perhaps a bit disturbed, to hear talk of cross-wiki templates. The Foundation can be highly myopic, and I could just picture them forcing al the non-Wikipedian sisters to accept Wikipedia's definitions of templates that have important local variations in their definitions. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 18:12, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Name usurpation[edit]

Hello, I am the global user Blackcat (my home wiki is am sysop on Commons). I wish to usurpate the user:Blackcat on this project because it has one edit only (older than 10 years). Can you address me to the proper page for getting that please? -- (discuss) 18:53, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
P.S. Here the confirmation of my identity.

Renames are performed on Meta, not here - please go to SRUC. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 08:40, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Category:Files with the same name on Wikimedia Commons[edit]

There seems to be 38 files in here, I'm here to bring awareness of this category for the sysops around here to clean up all this. Thanks. --atcovi (talk) 03:46, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. I've gone through and verified them all on Commons and deleted the duplicates hosted here. --Az1568 (discusscontribs) 03:56, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
Great. --atcovi (talk) 00:59, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

I am blacklisted.[edit]

Dear Wikibooks Administrators, my user name for Wikipedia is "George Rodney Maruri Game". It works there with no issues. When I tried to log in here, I received the following message:

The user name "George Rodney Maruri Game" has been blacklisted from creation. Wikibooks does not allow names that are misleading, promotional, offensive, or disruptive. Please select another username that complies with this, or if you want to seek approval for a username, you can do so by filing a request in the administrative assistance reading room.

I understand that it is not any longer necessary to create an account for each Wiki site as once one creates an account for one site it works for all of them. But, just in case, I tried to create an account with the same user name and I got a message reading that that account already exists. So now I know for sure I am blacklisted and I would like to know why. I have never vandalized any article or been disrespectful to other users or their contributions. Why have I been blacklisted? I courteously ask you to grant me access to Wikibooks.

With no other matter to discuss I end this piece of communication.

Kind regards,

George R. Maruri —Preceding comment added by (discusscontribs) 00:58, 28 February 2015

That specific username is not blacklisted... however the overall length and order of letters within it might be inadvertently triggering a blacklist entry on the local or global level. In any case, you would not be able to create the user "George Rodney Maruri Game" here as it already exists globally on all WMF projects. All you'll need to do, is simply login with the same username and the password that you use on other Wikimedia sites. --Az1568 (discusscontribs) 01:16, 28 February 2015 (UTC)