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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.[edit]

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) --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 19:31, 18 November 2017 (UTC)[edit]

Not helpful edits recently. Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 19:22, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

Applied a 1-week block. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 19:27, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

Copying from Wikia[edit]

Hi, I was wondering if I can copy paste from Wikia. Right now, I am working on LOTR and the wikia page has a ton of information. I know that attribution is mandatory, but not sure how to go. I have 2 ideas

  1. Make a null edit to say "Copied from [link]"
  2. use the import right to get the attribution directly.

I would appreciate the guidance.

Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 22:21, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

@Artix Kreiger: Putting a link in the edit summary is fine. If you really want to cover your bases, post on the talk page as well. —Justin (koavf)TCM 22:37, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
@Koavf:, ah ok. Still the "import" would be nice. Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 22:38, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
@Artix Kreiger: Admins can do that here, so that is an option, certainly. —Justin (koavf)TCM 22:42, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
ugh of course. But thing is, I would be the one working on the book, and likely not a lot of people would be working on it. Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 04:36, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
It must be a permanent link to the version of the page you copied, not just the current page URL. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 11:56, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

::::ok. Thing is, is on the blacklist. Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 13:43, 17 November 2017 (UTC) on second attempt, no need. Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 15:22, 17 November 2017 (UTC)


Recently, I've added stuff to watchlists. It would say something to the effect of

The page $1 has been added to your watchlist whats the source of this? Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 13:19, 17 November 2017 (UTC) JackPotte (discusscontribs) 17:44, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
@JackPotte:, can you remove the <nowiki> from MediaWiki:Addedwatchtext? Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 18:58, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
You can set any piece of MedaiWiki to not display with CSS. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:32, 17 November 2017 (UTC)