User talk:Darkness Shines

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your efforts to stop Massoudafg101‎. I'm glad to have warring partisan editors off the wiki. Chris Troutman (talk) 17:14, 1 June 2014 (UTC)
Thank you very much. Darkness Shines (talk) 18:32, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

@ Callanecc[edit]

@Callanecc: Thinking of an unblock request, other than sucking up, what would you accept? I would go with a 1RR restriction, other than obvious socks, as you know I deal with a lot ), also obvious vandal crap and I will do my utmost to not cuss people out, however, I am short tempered, and that will eventually happen. Darkness Shines (talk) 22:41, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

1rr, often confused with 0rr is not a good idea, and for your subjects it is clearly not. If other editor is aware about your situation they will not only revert your edit on disputed articles but also revert you on those articles where they had nothing to do. No doubt how wrong they are, but I can assume that 40%-70% of the times such edits are overlooked by the community. Not really a matter if their edit was a vandalism or bad faith, you cannot revert until you gain consensus, other admin may count it as violation of 1rr even if you have reverted or touched same portion of the article twice under last 24 hours(or even higher). Take your time, you can find better idea. OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 02:53, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
I am not appealing the TBAN mate, just the length of the block, I have an article currently up for GA, which is now stalled. I am hoping the block will be reduced to time served so I can get that finished. Darkness Shines (talk) 12:23, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
Given I was the admin who both suggested and implemented the block I'm comfortable with assessing this decision without checking with the other admins first (though I'll ping Sandstein for information).
I'm not really concerned with 1RR as the block wasn't primarily for edit warring. However I would require the following:
  • You explain all uses of Wikipedia:Rollback or Twinkle rollback functions notwithstanding the normal rules (which will apply to Twinkle rollbacks as well). However I would caution you against unexplained rollbacks in cases where the reason is not immediately obvious.
  • You accept that any personal attacks or gross incivility (solely in the opinion of the enforcing administrator) will be met with a block at least until the expiry date set for this block quite possibly longer.
  • These unblock requirements are not discretionary sanctions themselves (though the enforcement of them may be) so apply on all pages not just pages covered by WP:ARBIPA.
These unblock requirements (just the dot points) should be left on your talk page until 10:16, 14 July 2014 (UTC) and will be logged here. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 13:09, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
As far as I know, the admin who makes an arbitration enforcement block may also lift it.  Sandstein  13:36, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
That's my understanding as well, however where sanctions were imposed by a consensus (whether rough or not) of admins I'd personally rather get their opinion before lifting it. As an example I'd likely check with you and Ed before making major changes to the topic ban (like lifting it completely). Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 13:41, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

@Callanecc:, I have only used roll-back on my talk page or to revert obvious vandalism, and I usually go to the talk page of an article after a revert in any case, so I am quite happy to abide by your suggestions. I will not be appealing the TBAN for at least a month per your previous response. I would still like an exemption to report socks howeverm I am seeing a few around today for instance. Darkness Shines (talk) 14:09, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

I'll unblocked your account in a minute per the conditions above. Regards, Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 14:19, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
Cheers mate, any thoughts on the sock exemption in the area of my TBAN? Darkness Shines (talk) 14:23, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
Let's give it a couple weeks (also when I'll have some more free time) and see how it goes. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 14:29, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
Actually might be able to look into it tomorrow depending on how much time I get. If so I'd be thinking WP:SPI & WT:SPI and subpages plus template user notifications if appropriate. How does that sound? (Note: it hasn't been granted yet). Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 14:50, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
Sounds good to me, thanks. Darkness Shines (talk) 14:53, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Thanks Callanecc. Good luck Darkness Shines. Hope to see you unbanned from any topics soon. OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 15:35, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
Per the discussion above you are granted an exemption to your topic ban from all pages related to India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, broadly construed in order to report sockpuppets operating in the topic area to WP:SPI in accordance with the following conditions:
  • You are permitted to edit Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations, all subpages and associated namespace in order to report sockpuppets and engage in discussion as is necessary to report and provide evidence.
  • You are also permitted to notify users/IPs that they have been reported to WP:SPI using {{Uw-socksuspect}} or the built in Twinkle warning. For clarity you are only permitted to place an appropriate section header, the template and signature.

You are also cautioned that any personal attacks or incivility may result in this exemption being removed and/or a block from editing. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 08:13, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, have already filed one. Darkness Shines (talk) 08:29, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Sierra Leone[edit]

Re your edit summary, can you please elaborate on what specific problems are with the changes? I clicked on the external citations and they seem to be fine... -- Ohc ¡digame! 15:31, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

@Ohconfucius: See all the ref errors there? Darkness Shines (talk) 17:01, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
No, in what way are they wrong? I see a bunch of footnotes with the ndash between page ranges, in accordance with MOS:DASH. I click on the blue links and the biblio gets highlighted at the bottom as it should. Forgive me, but I don't see how the refs have been "messed up". -- Ohc ¡digame! 23:19, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
Create one of these in userspace, then you will see them. Darkness Shines (talk) 06:12, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

modification on RSS[edit]

Hi, I saw your message now. Its paraphrased as below. Can you let me know the contents I have removed? I will provide the explanation.

I noticed that you recently removed some content from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh without explaining why. In the future, it would be helpful to others if you described your changes to Wikipedia with an edit summary. If this was a mistake, don't worry: I restored the removed content. If you would like to experiment, you can use the sandbox. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Thanks! Darkness Shines (talk) 11:28, 30 October 2013 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Anajayshankar (talkcontribs)

Sorry, no I can`t. Darkness Shines (talk) 16:12, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) Anajayshankar, I can tell you what the issue was, and I shall do so on your talk, so as to not drive DS up the wall with being unable to respond. Vanamonde93 (talk) 17:04, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Much appreciated my friend. Darkness Shines (talk) 21:21, 3 July 2014 (UTC)


"...a length of piano wire and a breeze block." That seems too kind. Although it might depend on just where that piano wire is attached. >:) ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 19:30, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

FYI... I didn't see your comment as a "threat of violence." It didn't name anyone specifically nor did it indicate intention to do anything. More like "wishful thinking" or "fantasizing". ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 19:40, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Just going by what me Da thought me, and as a father, damn right as well. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Darkness Shines (talkcontribs) 19:28, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Wannabe admin, it seems. - Sitush (talk) 19:45, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
No argument. Predators of any kind have to be dealt with in an appropriate way. "My object all sublime / I shall achieve in time / To let the punishment fit the crime / The punishment fit the crime..." ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 19:46, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

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Thanks a lot for helping protect the z-10 article and for helping to stop User:Shulinjiang. his personal attacks were very hurtful and were getting under my skin, and im glad that you intervened and helped stopping him.

Pvpoodle (talk) 05:25, 8 July 2014 (UTC)


FYI, I have moved this section to Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Iaaasi which looked more appropriate. De728631 (talk) 17:48, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, I messed that one up a faire bit. Darkness Shines (talk) 18:26, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Your opinion[edit]

Hello again,
Two days ago, an editor called Anglo-Araneophilus popped up out of nowhere on Talk:August 2013 Rabaa Massacre. Since then all he did was to attack me, and honestly it's starting to get on my nerves, but I usually try my best to avoid engaging with trolls. However, if you take a closer look at his comments, everything suggests that he has been "studying" me since I started editing here nearly a year ago. He even said it himself: "Fitzcarmalan, I'm watching your work here since nearly one year now." If true, then I find it very surprising that he never attacked me even once before if my contributions provoked him that much.
I personally suspected Hans Franssen in the beginning, but then I realized the latter geolocated to the Netherlands, while this one is obviously either German or Turkish. Some editors here have considered me their "opponent" (most of them were socks), but as far as I know, I can remember them all. I don't think there's anyone left other than Mr.skylimit, whom I suspected of being Franssen's sock, due to this, but later turned out to be unrelated by CU results. Problem is, I noticed Anglo-Araneophilus had a slightly different writing style and more advanced English skills than both Mr.skylimit and Franssen. Do you think I enough evidence to open an investigation? Fitzcarmalan (talk) 19:03, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Let me look into it, will ping you tomorrow. Darkness Shines (talk) 19:19, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
So far, he id from Germany, or at least is there at the moment, and he does not speak Arabic. He has been on de.wikipedia since at least 07, and he is active on commons, he has a global account and so I do not think he is a sock. Will look a little more. Darkness Shines (talk) 19:32, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

July 2014[edit]

Information icon Welcome to Wikipedia. Everyone is welcome to contribute constructively to the encyclopedia. However, talk pages are meant to be a record of a discussion; deleting or editing legitimate comments, as you did at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Entrance Region in Pipe Flow and at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Alan Kirby (writer), is considered bad practice, even if you meant well. Even making spelling and grammatical corrections in others' comments is generally frowned upon, as it tends to irritate the users whose comments you are correcting. Take a look at the welcome page to learn more about contributing to this encyclopedia. Thank you. Ivanvector (talk) 17:06, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

User:Ivanvector, AndroidChuck31 has been blocked as a sock-puppet, making the removal of his !votes the correct thing to do--Jac16888 Talk 17:10, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
Probably best to leave an edit summary, then. I don't know what's going on, I just see someone mass-reverting what look to me like valid comments, and that behaviour looks an awful lot like vandalism. Feel free to revert my reverts, but you should probably add a summary like "rv per WP:BANREVERT" or something. Ivanvector (talk) 17:17, 11 July 2014 (UTC)