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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).

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Noting here admin action I've taken, and am taking. Over the past few weeks or months, there's been this ongoing situation involving, apparently, edit warring between IPs; there seems to be a suggestion, somewhere in the murky situation, that all IPs on both sides of the war are the same person, creating a lot of confusion and trying to thereby slip stuff in without being noticed. Early in the game I recall sifting through edits looking for those that seemed sound, but after a few rounds my attitude is very much to just unwind all of it, and if somebody wants to do something useful they can register an account and explain just what they're doing at each step. I've doled out several 6-month blocks to IPs, one of them earlier today and I'm now going through their 100-or-so edits trying to unwind each page to a point before the edit-warring started. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 13:19, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

One of them told me it was against a vandal, but I'm not convinced: User_talk:JackPotte#Explanation. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 16:54, 20 September 2017 (UTC)
Proof that we aren't the same person is, i don't use open proxi's. Wielbiciel Papieża (discusscontribs)
I don't find that a credible claim. Not using an open proxy is not proof of identity. Behavior is more convincing, and behavior says User:Wielbiciel Papieża is part of this. In any case, they're clearly claiming to be the same user who was just blocked as an IP, which makes their large-scale reversion of my edits block evasion. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 19:15, 20 September 2017 (UTC)
Just administered a short (one week) block to over this. (Perhaps it ought to be much longer, but at least this puts something in the block log, that can be seen on later observation of the IPs.) --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 13:59, 5 October 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protect Human Geography AP/Gravity model[edit]

Repeated vandalism by multiple IPs. PokestarFan • Talk • Contributions 22:48, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

Those multiple IPs appear to be effectively a single party, within an IP range. I've applied a 24-hour range-block to (that's any IP from up to --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 01:19, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Null edit {{BookCat}}[edit]

I hope that by doing this it will fix some of the mistakes I made. PokestarFan • Talk • Contributions 20:31, 7 October 2017 (UTC)

Hm. It's a bold approach to the problem. I see two likely technical difficulties (beyond the admitted reality that it'd be a fairly high-server-load operation; such things are to be minimized, that doesn't mean they're prohibited). Difficulty one, I don't think the wiki software updates transcluding pages for a mere null edit; I think it'd have to be a substantial edit, to force update of transcluding pages. Difficulty two, it would only work on pages that depend on {{BookCat}} (and only on {{BookCat}}) for their categorization, in an altogether prosaic way. I've observed there are a lot of pages out there, all together, that do customized things that call for customized adjustments for the new naming scheme. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 22:19, 7 October 2017 (UTC)
In that case I will go ahead with my null-edit every page I moved edit. PokestarFan • Talk • Contributions 20:16, 8 October 2017 (UTC)