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Request for usurpation[edit]

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Thank you for your time. Desertroadbob (talk) 17:15, 16 October 2013 (UTC)


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August 2013[edit]

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— | Gareth Griffith-Jones | The Welsh Buzzard | — 18:45, 25 September 2013 (UTC)


Hello SilkTork,

Thanks for the friendly welcome.

Would you be willing to give some feedback? I’m new to WP and want to get off to a good start.

I’m a technical editor for an engineering and construction firm—with little time, but want to help as I can. So, I’ve been copyediting a bit as I research topics. For example, I have been doing some quick edits for capitalization, grammar and style on

Here’s the problem: There’s been an anonymous user who repeatedly changes my editing back to capitalizing common nouns and generic use of titles, etc., on the above article. (There have been several anonymous IP addresses for the edits, but probably the same person.) From the lack of care in the final product, it appears they are an engineer, and not an editor. Thus, the topic is dear to their heart and their persistance is great.

Rather than just using an undo when I saw them in the middle of reverting things last evening, I waited until this morning. I tried leaving a message at their last IP address talk page. Then I realized that the anonymous-IP user will most likely have a different address next time and won’t see my message. I’ve tried leaving a brief explanation when I leave edits, but they aren’t looking at those or are ignoring them.

Would you be willing to check out their latest version and my latest version (Sep. 23 and 24)? And perhaps my message on their talk page? Please let me know what you think. Then—if my interpretations and edits have been mostly correct—what do I do with repeated incorrect reverts from an anonymous user?

Kind regards, Bob, Desertroadbob (talk) 15:46, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

That's a tricky one because the person uses a different IP each time they edit, so messages wouldn't be noticed, and they don't appear to be responding to your edit summary comments. A range-block would be difficult as the range appears quite large, and I would need to check that nobody else is editing within that range. What I have done is to semi-protect the article for three weeks. This will prevent that editor from editing the article, which may make them take notice that what they are doing is inappropriate (they can't have completely missed that their edits are being reverted, because they are reverting back). I don't think they mean any harm - I think it's likely that they are unaware of our style guidelines, and feel that it is you who are in the wrong! You did the right thing in approaching someone else for assistance after first attempting to discuss the matter with the other editor. And that is exactly what I would advise you to do if it happens again. SilkTork ✔Tea time 16:55, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

Name change[edit]

Desertroadbob → Desertroad[edit]

Status:    In progress

Desertroadbob (talk) 17:32, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

Yes Done.: The user "Desertroadbob" has been renamed to "Desertroad". Kingturtle = (talk) 14:21, 26 October 2013 (UTC) (Approval notice transferred)Desertroadbob (talk) 03:03, 27 October 2013 (UTC)


Hello, SilkTork. Could you help with a new issue? It's regarding the List of oil refineries: a new user Kullaexim has been repeatedly putting an entry for Kosovo onto the list. However, I researched the issue (twice now, to be sure) and there is no third-party evidence that an oil refinery is operating in Kosovo—or that a new one was built after 2000 AD. The first time this entry appeared, there was link to a website with a tab for "refinery"—which did not allow access to the page. I've twice removed their entry and posted explanations in the edit line. The second time, I posted a notice on their talk page and the article's talk page. I pointed out the lack of evidence. Again, there was no response by them and they simply replaced the entry. Can you block them from editing the List of oil refineries and explain (with the authority behind you) that they need to follow guidelines? Desertroadbob (talk) 14:21, 25 October 2013 (UTC)

OK, the situation is becoming curiouser and curiouser. Since requesting your help, the non-responsive user Kullaexim finally replied. And they are wanting to do self-promotion on WP. It seems to me that WP is having quite the discussion on the issue. They have a link, but it does not show any production for the refinery—and I’m not familiar with the website. Kullaexim also admits that there is no online verifiable third party evidence for production numbers. This situation is again/still over my head. Can you (again/still) take things from here? Desertroadbob (talk) 15:50, 25 October 2013 (UTC)

The user's name does not comply with policy so needs changing. I have left a note on the user's page via Wikipedia:Twinkle (if you haven't enabled Twinkle yet, I can recommend it - it provides a range of templates and can perform a number of tasks quickly ans easily with a simple click). As they are now engaging in discussion, and appear to be willing to work with you, I think I can leave the rest of the matter in your capable hands. I have the user's talkpage watchlisted to check they do change their name. If they continue to edit without changing their name, and I don't notice or I'm offline, you can report them at Wikipedia:Usernames for administrator attention. Making appropriate reports on administrative pages will stand you in good stead if you ever wish to go through RfA - and I think you should consider becoming an admin one day. SilkTork ✔Tea time 13:48, 26 October 2013 (UTC)

So, that's the transfer.Desertroadbob (talk) 02:55, 27 October 2013 (UTC)


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Message added 10:28, 28 October 2013 (UTC). You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.

pls can you revert yourself and see this per WP:EXT, thanks Widefox; talk 10:28, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, but I was restoring your deletion. Please see the talkpage for the Editing article. Kind regards, Desertroad (talk) 12:56, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

Hi Desertroad, I waited for you to self-revert these contentious EXT. Did you read WP:EXT? Now that two of us don't want them, I undid your edit with full justification on the talk page. There's some way yet to go to justify them if you still want them included on the talk page per your burden for inclusion. Please also check the style for EXT, which your undo of my edit reverted to the previous bad style. Widefox; talk 19:16, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

Done ?[edit]

Hello Desertroad, there are many other neat user discussion templates, enjoy Face-smile.svg Mlpearc (powwow) 13:42, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

Hello Mlpearc, thanks for transferring my talkpage. Thanks also for the link to the other templates—now I just have to resist overusing them. Regards, Desertroad (talk) 13:47, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

You're more than welcome, Use them as mush as you like Face-tongue.svg Mlpearc (powwow) 13:54, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

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Regulation and licensure in engineering[edit]

Hi. I'm taking Regulation and licensure in engineering off my watchlist as you seem to have it covered, and there's been no repeat of the previous incident. Regards. SilkTork ✔Tea time 09:37, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

Hi User:SilkTork. OK, thanks again for your help. Hope you are doing well. Best wishes. Desertroad (talk) 10:24, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

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I am new to wikipedia, well not that new as i joined new year's day of 2014, and wanted a help from you desertread. How can i display a picture from my computer and post it on wikipedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sufyanxtreme (talkcontribs) 11:05, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

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