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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 an admin action I've just taken. This IP made some edits to Wikijunior:Dinosaurs that I was dealing with a few hours ago; perhaps because the character of the edits felt askew, I checked things carefully, and found that some of it was more-or-less valid, some was close enough that one might wonder whether it was a matter of different sources, some was highly unlikely and some was absurd. I fixed it up, removing some, and sighted it (which took a good deal of time and effort) but suspected the contributor was either a young person with an overly liberal attitude toward putting in stuff they didn't have a solid grasp of, or possibly a troll pulling our chain. Subsequently, they created the framework for a whole book parallel to Wikijunior:Dinosaurs, called Wikijunior:Dinosaurs, Like Me. I was unsure what to make of it, so I went off to do other things and checked back later. They'd continued, and various pages had stuff in them that started sounding colloquial but maybe-plausible and then would have nonsense stuck in. I think this user was trolling, systematically. They appear to know too much to be a child. I gave them a one-week block and used Special:Nuke to remove the book, which seems to me to have been primarily meant to embed BS in the material ("B" here stands, presumably, for "Brontosaurus"). --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 15:57, 11 March 2017 (UTC)

I trust your analysis but I would have created this IP talk page, just to gather a few targeted information. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 17:12, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
He's back, and this time he seems to have restrained his particular sense of humour. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 19:44, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
I disagree with your interpretation. "Dinosaurs of Uncertainty", i.e., proving that wiki content is BS. Each page having something in it that's nonsense. I'm going to apply a longer block and another nuke. I agree with you there should be some record on the IP's user talk, so the backstory can be found easily. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 20:42, 23 March 2017 (UTC)