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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.

Possible vandal HelloFellowLoser

Contributions [1]

I've backed out the changed he made to Muggles' Guide and How to Read Young Adult Literature, but I don't know about this Jimmy Luo page - is he deliberately doxxing himself? Chazz (talk) 07:11, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Can't say for sure, but I can say that this account is being operated by a sockmaster - so I've indef'd it. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 11:21, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Request protection of my user talk page

Please indefinitely semi-protect my user talk page. There is a specific LTA called "George Reeves Person" constantly disrupting my talk page as well as other places, and there are no signs of stopping without a page protection. I do not believe anyone who isn't autoconfirmed here should contact me on this wiki. Thanks in advance. PlyrStar93 (discusscontribs) 22:49, 28 June 2019 (UTC)

I have a perhaps-overly-picky preference for finite duration when semi-protecting talk pages. But I did semi-protected for a fairly long time. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 22:59, 28 June 2019 (UTC)
Pi zero, thanks, that works. If this guy comes back to my talk page five years later I can always re-request. Another user's talk page User talk:Antandrus is experiencing the same situation from the same LTA, and it would be great if you take a look too. PlyrStar93 (discusscontribs) 23:03, 28 June 2019 (UTC)

Protection of pages : Dutch Empire/Indonesian Independence

Recently, I saw that there are high amount of vandalism activities these 2 days at : Dutch_Empire/Indonesian_Independence . I propose maybe admin can protect the page for 1 month at least to prevent re-occurrences of vandalism
A concerned Wikibookians 08:38, 29 June 2019 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Encik Tekateki (talkcontribs)

Done . One-month semi-protection. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 12:01, 29 June 2019 (UTC)
Note it's actually the same disruption by the LTA I mentioned in the previous section. PlyrStar93 (discusscontribs) 12:39, 29 June 2019 (UTC)
@Pi zero: History of Islam/Modern period/Indonesia‎ This page too should be protected for one month .
By concerned Wikibookians Encik Tekateki (discusscontribs) 16:14, 29 June 2019 (UTC)
Also Done . --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 16:24, 29 June 2019 (UTC)
Thanks guys -- appreciate it -- this LTA has been a problem for years. Antandrus (discusscontribs) 18:36, 29 June 2019 (UTC)
No problem, just suspect that the troll maybe have way too much time in their summer holiday or they need to get their mental health diagnosed.
Commented by Encik Tekateki (discusscontribs) 01:30, 30 June 2019 (UTC)
Dear admins @Pi zero: @JackPotte: @QuiteUnusual:, kindly apply the full protection of History of Islam/Modern period/Indonesia for 1 year. Also it seems like the chapter's content of History of Islam/Modern period/Indonesia do not reflect on history of Islam on Indonesia at all. More likely the modern history of Indonesia.
Concerned Wikibookians Encik Tekateki (discusscontribs) 15:34, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
I've extended the existing semi-protection, currently counting down from one month, to one year. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 17:07, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
Hi @Pi zero: , is the lock is effective ? I still see @Jusjih: is still locking it. Too many spams from IP hopper around. One month is not even up and still can see the IP hopper troll edit the Indonesia pages.
IMHO, beside banning the account creation of banned IP for 1 week, I suggest to lock them out from editing any of the Wikibooks pages. It is really counter - productive to combat the spam pages. Encik Tekateki (discusscontribs) 10:29, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Wikis are about openness. Wikipedia tried, a while back, prohibiting unregistered IPs from editing; it was, predictably, a terrible idea. It's unfriendly, and at the grand scale, for a wiki, friendliness is, well, crucial.

It somehow hadn't registered on me, until just now, that one of the basic influences on my approach as an admin to dealing with troublemakers is the scene from Road House where Dalton tells the bouncers to "be nice." ("If somebody gets in your face and calls you a cocksucker I want you to be nice[...] Ask him to walk, be nice. If he won't walk, walk him, but be nice. If you can't walk him, one of the others will help you and you will both be nice. I want you to remember that it's the job, it's nothing personal.") --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 13:28, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

(That can't be quite right; surely en.wp didn't do a blanket prohibition on IPs. They did some sort of across-the-board restriction on them... well, as may be.) --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 00:24, 18 July 2019 (UTC)

IP vandalism from

Some IP editor is having a merry old time vandalizing a page in the Muggles' Guide. [2] Chazz (talk) 16:34, 10 July 2019 (UTC)

I've applied a brief block. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 16:43, 10 July 2019 (UTC)