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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.

Hi Artix here[edit]

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.

Bug in MediaWiki processing?[edit]

Hi, appears MediaWiki processing has a bug which puts "&" in a URL where the character should be percent-encoded as "%26". Instances of the error are visible in the page source of any page in the book. With Firefox I open a page and right click on "View Page Source". That opens a window where ampersand characters appear as &. Anyone who can edit the MediaWiki software should be able to correct this easily. Regards, ... PeterEasthope (discusscontribs) 16:15, 11 May 2019 (UTC)

Hmm. @Bawolff? --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 17:59, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
& is perfectly correct in HTML, and has different semantics then %26. (& tells the html its an & in the url, as in a separator of query parameters, where %26 is used to escape & to tell the webserver that a query parameter has an & in it that's not a query parameter separator. Most browsers would treat a plain & as if it was & in a url, and I'm not sure about the status of that in HTML5, but at least in earlier versions of HTML, a plain & in a url in the html source was technically invalid html). Bawolff (discusscontribs) 13:55, 14 May 2019 (UTC)


Not sure if this is the right place but this IP Special:Contributions/ has continued to vandalise Ancient History/Greece/Minoan Civilization after a final warning. Rubbish computer (discusscontribs) 13:13, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

@Rubbish computer: It's worse than that; the url appears to be a source of both legitimate edits and vandalism; there clearly is going to be collateral damage from a block. How I noticed this: The most recent edit to that page, when I looked, was an apparent rollback by you, but in fact it rolled back two edits by the same IP, and while the second of those was vandalism, the first was a constructive edit that you had sighted. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 15:30, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
Though I see all but one of that IP's edits today have been vandalism. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 15:37, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
I've given them a one-day block; that will stop the vandal from continuing in real time, and may draw the attention of someone at that IP who can take measures on that end, without inconveniencing legitimate editors from there for very long. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 15:39, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
Cheers for the response and action taken Pi zero. Rubbish computer (discusscontribs) 15:45, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

Has the Reading Room Discussion Index bot stopped working?[edit]

The last entry in the index is from 12 Feburary, even though there were active discussions in various rooms since then. --Duplode (discusscontribs) 15:42, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Puzzle Wikibook[edit]

Hi, I am now in midst of cleanup the Puzzle Wikibook and I propose that this page Puzzles/Rubik's cubes should be deleted up as it is a stub and couldn't be developed to fit into the genre of puzzle itself. It is last updated since ages ago ~

Thanks by Encik Tekateki (discusscontribs) 09:22, 25 May 2019 (UTC)

Wouldn't this be best posted at WB:RFD? Chazz (talk) 22:07, 25 May 2019 (UTC)
Likely it would, yes. Though if it's speedy-able, a community RFD isn't strictly needed.

I note there are two books devoted to things Rubik. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 22:20, 25 May 2019 (UTC)

OpenJSCAD User Guide[edit]

To resolve I'd like to know how proceed. I added an entry to Requests_for_permissions but do not know whether this is the proper way of doing things on Wikibooks. --WolfgangFahl (discusscontribs) 13:51, 27 May 2019 (UTC)

Possible vandal HelloFellowLoser[edit]

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)