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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. (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count)[edit]

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)

@Pi zero, JackPotte: Why are IPs even allowed to create books? That should be disabled. PokestarFan (discusscontribs) 23:42, 7 April 2017 (UTC)

Forbidding IPs to create pages is unfriendly; it's discouraging participation, in quite a direct way. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 00:04, 8 April 2017 (UTC)
I plus this, the wiki spirit to allow anyone to post anonymously is its recipe for success. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 11:47, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

Blocking of (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count)[edit]

I do not know much, but this IP is connected to an user, and should be blocked ASAP. This seems to be connected to a blocked editor, and is making attack pages. Please block. PokestarFan (discusscontribs) 23:59, 7 April 2017 (UTC)

Ajraddatz applied a one-week global block. I hid the attack on en.wb and en.wn (the two projects where I'm an admin). --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 00:11, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

Could someone protect User:PokestarFan/sig with autoconfirmed protection?[edit]

It contains my signature, and it took 10 minutes to make.

PokestarFan (talk) (contribs) What do you think?

00:58, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 01:55, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

Persistent Vandalism by[edit]

Hi, the IP has repeatedly vandalized the page French/Grammar/Prepositions despite the warnings. I request your blocking. Thanks. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 21:52, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 23:01, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

Protect User:PokestarFan/Backup 1 and talk page[edit]

I want to be able to go back to this if I ever make any drastic changes to my userspace. PokestarFan (talk) (contribs) 04:50, 11 April 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done JackPotte (discusscontribs) 08:40, 11 April 2017 (UTC)

Block Pickahome[edit]

That is a spam/advertizing name, and he is advertizing on his userpage. PokestarFan (talk) (contribs) 12:56, 13 April 2017 (UTC)

Blocked by Quiteunusual, so marking this Yes check.svg Done . Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 15:13, 13 April 2017 (UTC)

Block Kat sell due to their age.[edit]

They wrote on their userpage that they are 12 years old, which is too young for Wikibooks. Also, please could someone oversight/supress their edits on userpage? PokestarFan (talk) (contribs) 18:24, 16 April 2017 (UTC)

It is not, necessarily, too young for Wikibooks. It depends on the maturity (emotional, social, intellectual) of the individual. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 19:06, 16 April 2017 (UTC)
In this instance, of course, the user has been messing around, doing some minor vandalism. If they do it again I'd be inclined to give them a brief block. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 19:16, 16 April 2017 (UTC)
Ok then. PokestarFan (talk) (contribs) 19:18, 16 April 2017 (UTC)
Blocked for 24 hours. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 00:10, 17 April 2017 (UTC)

I don't understand why a user needs to be blocked because they are 12 years old. Where did that come about? Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 11:51, 17 April 2017 (UTC)

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)

Semi-protect Puzzles/Riddles[edit]

This page gets vandalized a lot. Please semi protect it. PokestarFan (talk) (contribs) 01:39, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

Looking at the timeline in the edit history, I've given it a three-month semi-protection. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 03:26, 22 April 2017 (UTC)