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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.

Backlog of pending changes[edit]

Looking at Special:PendingChanges, the queue is huge. I think the amount is over 1,000 requests. Are there any active reviewers or administrators interested in this? --George Ho (discusscontribs) 20:42, 18 April 2017 (UTC)

Not to make too much of it, since the edits aren't held up when pending (except on Wikijunior, which we do try to keep current with). I just swatted the oldest one on the queue, and will try to remember to do that a bit from time to time. (Note that the ones waiting a long time are mostly things that aren't on anyone's watchlist.) --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 20:57, 18 April 2017 (UTC)
It's also not obvious to check, so I had limited myself to my domain knowledge. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 10:10, 19 April 2017 (UTC)

Good notice. I'll try to handle a few of this, but my knowledge isn't that vast to properly review all of those pending changes. Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 10:42, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
Too bad I can't just load all of them onto a Huggle list and just check which ones are vandalism. PokestarFan (talk) (contribs) 01:38, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

It's not always that easy to tell whether something is vandalism, anyway. Trivial vandalism, yes. But some vandals get their kicks by being subtle, trying to slip in stuff that looks plausible if you don't look too closely. There are some pending edits to a page in Welsh that's on my watchlist, that have been waiting for about three months because I don't actually know Welsh (never mind how the page ended up on my watchlist), and although I feel I should in principle be able to do some investigation and make a credible judgement on whether the edits are vandalism, it would require some careful study and I just haven't found the time. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 03:21, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
@George Ho: You pointed out we should try to do better on this. That's fine; it's well for us to try to do better. However, you're being overly melodramatic about it. I did notice you posted an email to wikimedia-l (a mailing list, by the way, which at Wikinews we have sometimes referred to as "troll-l") melodramatically bewailing the need for more contributors at Wikinews (which actually is not our primary difficulty at Wikinews) and for doing something about the tragic flaggedrevs backlog on Wikibooks (which is just not the huge crisis you make it sound like). --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 21:42, 12 May 2017 (UTC)
Sorry. I just.... I... don't know.... I'll be careful about my melodrama next time. And I'll also be careful with the mass messaging then. I just... I don't know. But I'll do my best to modify my edits then. --George Ho (discusscontribs) 23:05, 12 May 2017 (UTC)
@George Ho: Even if you've maybe made some missteps, your edits are definitely appreciated and it shows that you care about the projects where you're involved. —Justin (koavf)TCM 23:34, 12 May 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for the compliments, Justin. Nevertheless, I'll keep Pi Zero's words as a reminder then. --George Ho (discusscontribs) 23:36, 12 May 2017 (UTC)
@George Ho: I do agree with Justin. It's good that you care. There is no substitute for that. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 23:56, 12 May 2017 (UTC)
Ah.... I'll give both of you big hugs... ^_^ --George Ho (discusscontribs) 23:58, 12 May 2017 (UTC)

Thank you to all the Reviewers that check Pending Changes. There are several Pending Changes in Associative Composition Algebra in the queue for some days, but only briefly compared to other requests for checking. Let me encourage the effort to clear the backlog.Rgdboer (discusscontribs) 19:51, 22 June 2017 (UTC)

Request to import page from en:wp[edit]


Please do have a look at w:Civics article. It has been tagged for rewriting there. The article content up to first four sections artilce seems to be written in wikibooks style. Undersigned requests to import w:Civics from en:wp to en:wikibooks, so history of the article can be retained.

Wikibooks may not need encyclopedic section "Criticism of civic education", which can be deleted after importing the page.

I hope this helps en:wikibooks and also facilitates encyclopedic improvements in w:Civics.

Thanks and warm regards

Mahitgar (discusscontribs) 05:17, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

@Mahitgar: I have imported the page for you, at Transwiki:Civics. It came through with all 911 revisions.

Btw, there is a page for requests particularly of this type, at Wikibooks:Requests for import. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 11:27, 26 June 2017 (UTC)

Erroneous redirect needs to be undone[edit]

Hi, On the site one of my students had entered text on "modeling the olfactory system" that should have gone into a separate section under the subsection "Computer Models".

When I tried to move his subsection "Computational Models of Olfaction", instead the WHOLE page was redirected to

Since I cannot fix this myself, I would be grateful if an administrator could

  1. Eliminate the redirect, and keep the section "Sensory_Systems/Olfactory_System" without redirect
  2. Eliminate the page [[1]] which I tried to set up to fix this whole mess.
  3. Move only the section on "Computational Models" [[2]] to the page "Sensory_Systems/Olfactory_System"

Sorry about this - and administrative help would be really appreciated! Thomas.haslwanter (discusscontribs) 09:33, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done JackPotte (discusscontribs) 10:41, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

Wow!! - And thank you for this incredibely fast (and helpful!) response! Thomas.haslwanter (discusscontribs) 14:03, 19 July 2017 (UTC)