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Michael Arnstein protected[edit]

Hi, I'd like to create article Michael Arnstein (he is an ultra marathon runner). It seems it was protected from creation by you. Are you able to help out? – Pladask (talk) 09:56, 2 September 2014‎

Maybe. I would like to see a draft first, though. MER-C 11:54, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

Clearing links[edit]

Hello. With regard to this conversation, the link-clearing is progressing, slowly. A lot of the remaining links to the site are in article talk pages where {{cclean}} was used, as e.g. this one. Can these be left as they are, or should I remove them, or just remove the http:// part of the url...? cheers, Struway2 (talk) 08:22, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

I would remove the http part of the URL... blacklisted links may cause problems with archiving bots. MER-C 09:40, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Done that then. Now down to 10 links, none in mainspace. cheers, Struway2 (talk) 10:40, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
Added to the blacklist. Thank you for cleaning these links out. Hopefully we won't be seeing this site and the copyvios again (please let me know if you do). MER-C 01:13, 5 September 2014 (UTC)


I am not spamming and I wont do it as you can check my contribution. The action on Bigg Boss 8 has been clarified with User_talk:Thomas.W on his talk page. Ref mentioned in Bigg Boss 8 for nisha yadav cast was wrong and it was just corrected by the right one and second one was removed by mistake and before I correct the mistake it was corrected by Thomas.W... Sanjayrealman (talkcontribs) 5 September 2014 (UTC)

How about the other 43 links you added to that website (which constitute more than two thirds of the links you have added so far) and your edit warring to keep them in their respective articles? MER-C 12:09, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

In 43 links there is hardly half link added by me as a source and it was added for ref of the content related to topic. Telly TRP is not a spam site it is television news site which is legally registered in India and their publication office address is mentioned on site. The content whatever I have contributed till date whether it is from TOI or Telly TRP or other news site is revelant and correct so far. I have been stopping many user from adding spam link on wikipedia how could I do it. My question is if PR Wing like Telly Chakkar are used for sources then what is wrong with Telly Times Rating Publication, as it is registered publication. Sanjayrealman (talkcontribs) 5 September 2014 (UTC)

If you still think it is not reliable source I wont use it for ref Sanjayrealman (talkcontribs) 5 September 2014 (UTC)
>If you still think it is not reliable source
Yes I do. I don't think a six month old site would qualify as reliable, especially given the plethora of other Indian movie and TV show sites out there. MER-C 13:30, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

Bug with getCategoryMembers function[edit]

The function gets into infinite loop when called like this : wiki.getCategoryMembers("Catégorie:Wikipédia:Article biographique", 0); on the French Wikipedia. The problem is this :

  1. A category A contains the category B
  2. The category B contains the category C
  3. The category C contains A

A possible solution is to add a parameter to say which categories to skip. Cordially. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hunsu (talkcontribs)

Does this patch solve the problem? (And no, I do not want to add more parameters.) I will also be travelling for the next two weeks, so don't expect a quick response. MER-C 03:31, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
No it doesn't, that's the first thing I have tested. Hunsu (talk) 18:06, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
I've decided to limit recursion to 1, the full recursive fetch is better handled by the client. MER-C 12:03, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Page deletion[edit]

Hi, I created a page for ZTPFGI product information from website. And i'm one of the representative for media content publisher. here I would like to create an page for ZTPFGI product which is help full for IBM zTPF and mainframe users. I know it's copyrighted information and how to resolve these copyright issues with Wiki. These content globally permitted to use education purpose only, so which agreement I should select and how to communicate. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Darulbaby (talkcontribs)

You didn't read/comprehend the other deletion reason, did you? This content is not permitted on Wikipedia for obvious reasons. Is there any reason why I shouldn't revoke your editing privileges for abusing Wikipedia for promotional purposes and breaching our Terms of Use regarding undisclosed paid edits? MER-C 06:49, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Bug in the edit function[edit]

When we try to edit a page whose title have a space at the end we got a null pointer exception. The problem is the instructions :

        // reorder
        for (int i = 0; i < pages.length; i++)
            if (normalize(pages[i]).equals(parsedtitle))
            info[i] = tempmap;

The condition normalize(pages[i]).equals(parsedtitle) is never true for the page, so the function return null for that page. One solution is to trim the title in the normailze function but that we should think of all the possibilities first. Hunsu (talk) 18:29, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Noted. MER-C 16:06, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Move of Free the Nipple[edit]

Hello. Thank you for fixing the cut/paste move of "Girlrillaz" to Free the Nipple. However, the article's Talk page seems to have disappeared. I can't find it at either location. Can you fix that? ——BarrelProof (talk) 15:35, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

I just noticed that the Talk:Girlrillaz page was deleted by User:RHaworth. I may ask that user to help restore it to Talk:Free the Nipple. —BarrelProof (talk) 15:53, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
Done. MER-C 17:31, 18 September 2014 (UTC), etc.[edit]

Dear sir,

let me introduce myself, my name is Jakub Gabriel and I have been tasked by my client to remove his links from the Spam Black-list. The links have been added to the blacklist because of linkbuilding services which the client had ordered from a foreign country but their cooperation has already ended. The links to his websites were formed organically, too. That is why we want to remove these links from the spam black-list, we think that his websites are interesting sources of information about companies in the UK. The websites show relations between companies and directors such as addresses etc. He has already sent a request to and but the request has got placed into the Troubleshooting and problems folder. I would be very grateful, if you could tell what I should do to remove his records from the blacklist.

Thank you.

Best Regards,

Jakub Gabriel — Preceding unsigned comment added by GabrielJake (talkcontribs)

We do not delist or whitelist domains at the request of SEO companies. (I've only just realized I was the one who stuck these domains on the blacklist in the first place. Don't bother asking someone else, they'll give you exactly the same answer). MER-C 12:17, 19 September 2014 (UTC)


Hi MER-C, (sorry for poor English)

In "wiki-java" User->contribs is not allow the "uclimit" parameter. When i add the "uclimit" parameter to "User->contribs" query it continue passing by the limit? And it fetch many query and returns result that querylimits?

So i just want a query that it return last 10 result of "usercontribs"? not continue, just last 10?


it returns 10 result in browser, but in "wiki-java" if there is "uccontinue" in resultxml, it continue to fetch? why? it should not be? so i just limited the query "10"? but it continue to fetch?

am i wrong? or missing something?

Kumul (talk) 12:13, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

There's a loop in that method which does exactly that. (Some cleanup is required -- ucstart can be folded into url and the documentation is a little unclear).

Please read this before replying. MER-C 12:47, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
What this mean? i am not English as i said. if i made a mistake like bad language, sorry.
I just wanted a little help. Anyway i will use a different framework. Thanks. Kumul (talk) 14:35, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
Let me spell it out for you:

If you are asking questions in a forum that does not use your native language, you will get a limited amount of slack for spelling and grammar errors — but no extra slack at all for laziness (and yes, we can usually spot that difference).


You are clearly in the latter category. I am not here to teach you basic Java, nor am I here to walk you through my code -- that is what a debugger is for. MER-C 07:44, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Is this a problem?[edit]

I work on identifying new users and new page creators for the purpose of welcoming them. I then insert a template that welcomes them to Wikipedia or I apply a template that thanks them for the creation of a new article. When I post a welcome to their not-created-yet user talk page this is registered in my edit count as a new page creation. I think this is misleading. Sometime, somewhere this high number of page creations is going to get flagged and will attract the attention of some adminstrator. I would like your opinion on this.

  Bfpage |leave a message  13:17, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
Every one of your concerns is unwarranted. MER-C 13:33, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Draft: Daniel Kanu[edit]

Hello, my draft Daniel Kanu has been deleted because of the possible copyright issues from I have got the text from the person who wrote it, and that person is one of the people who made the website. Since this is my first article and you removed it, I would like to hear an advice from you on what is the best solution to upload this text. Thank you very much! Regards. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ljiljana K (talkcontribs)

I would start from scratch. Copying and pasting from the subject's official biography is a TERRIBLE way of writing an encyclopedia article, regardless of the copyright status of the text copied. MER-C 02:37, 25 September 2014 (UTC)


Nice one. If that's how their publicity writes, what are the 'dissertations' like? And don't the universities realise that this goes on? Surely it counts as fraud.. Peridon (talk) 14:56, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

Welcome to the world of black hat search engine optimization. Unsurprisingly we have an article on these shady businesses -- Essay mill -- and spamming is their primary means of advertising. MER-C 02:30, 25 September 2014 (UTC)


Hello. I thought you might be interested in this one: Brettsalt (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · nuke contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log), since it's not the ordinary run of the mill spammer who spams the same website on multiple pages, but rather someone who seems to be working for a company or something that offers to place spamlinks to clients' websites on relevant, or roughly relevant, articles on Wikipedia. All of the user's edits have added spamlinks of some kind or another (as external links, not references), but to a number of widely different websites (even though they started out as an ordinary spammer, adding links to Jeremy Burnhams personal website to multiple articles). Re-adding the links to the same articles after having been reverted. And all edits have been marked as minor, undoubtedly in an attempt to fly under the radar, so it's not a new editor. Thomas.W talk 19:55, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

I didn't find anything interesting. MER-C 11:50, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
Just an ordinary run-of-the-mill spammer in other words... Thomas.W talk 12:05, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

Identifying vandals to administrators[edit]

I've been able to revert edits by vandals by monitoring activity here I need a way to alert an administrator so that the IP address can be blocked. How is this done OR is it done already by identifying it as vandalism?   Bfpage |leave a message  18:39, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

WP:AIV is what you are looking for (read the instructions first, though). MER-C 03:47, 28 September 2014 (UTC)[edit]

A while ago you added to the list of links that will get removed by XLinkBot. At a glance it looks like the news site of a TV channel, something I'd usually assume to be a reliable source. What am I missing here? Huon (talk) 14:45, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

The site was spammed by 20+ SPAs, see Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Spam/2013 Archive Nov MER-C 02:16, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
OK, thanks! Huon (talk) 19:28, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

reconsideration of previous deletion - thank you![edit]

Hi there - I was forming a Wikipedia article about Leakn (User:Emeliabolle/sandbox) and what it all involves. I hadn't gotten to the publishing stage of it yet, because I was still forming my thoughts and ideas. Mostly collecting information from the founder, the social media site and other channels. I just signed on today, only to find that my work has been deleted. Can this be reversed? I had no desire to "publish" the page "as is" - I understand that it was looking a bit like a promotional site, because I hadn't edited the document.

Please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience, as this is a time sensitive matter and I had wanted to ensure that the information was "live" tomorrow.

All my best,

Emelia Grier

Emeliabolle (talk) 20:13, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

it was looking a bit like a promotional site
That's an understatement. Promotional material is prohibited everywhere on Wikipedia, even in drafts.
this is a time sensitive matter and I had wanted to ensure that the information was "live" tomorrow.
Wait a second... are you breaching the Terms of Service by failing to disclose paid editing? MER-C 04:25, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Hello again - I greatly appreciate your response, but I assure you that I was still in the beginning "note taking" stage of forming this article on Leakn. I didn't mean to intentionally violate any policies. I understand the policy about promotional material, and I had intended on changing this portion before I requested the publishing. I didn't think anyone was checking the article that I was writing while it was in the rough phase of creation. As for "Breaching the terms of use/service" I definitely think I may have mis-typed. I had wanted a co-worker to be able to see this site and the deletion of the article caused me to feel nervous that it wasn't going to be finished in time for a specific meeting. I don't quite know what you meant by "paid editing". I'm not being paid to create the article, if that is what you are referring to. If I stay far away from anything that appears to be "promotional" in the article, can I please continue creating the Leakn page? I would greatly appreciate it.  :)

Sincere thanks,

Emelia — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

No, because it is apparent that you have a conflict of interest, paid or not (FYI: being a salaried employee of the site counts as paid under the TOS). Editing with promotional intent is also prohibited. Creating an article on something you are affiliated with qualifies, regardless of whether the material itself is promotional. MER-C 12:52, 4 October 2014 (UTC)


He/she recently disrupting editing that added unreliable sources and using bare URLs on Physical (album) and Physical (Olivia Newton-John song). I removed unreliable sources per WP:Verifiability but he/she re-added again. I think you need to post on administrator noticeboard. (talk) 05:54, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

I think you need to post on administrator noticeboard.
You're more than capable of doing that yourself. MER-C 06:28, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
I posted a report to WP:AN. (talk) 13:46, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
He is pretend to be an admin and he posted on WP:AN (though I removed it). Till you’ll see the proof that he added unreliable sources. (talk) 01:00, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Other admin restored it just now. Never mind. I'll call for help. (talk) 01:28, 3 October 2014 (UTC)


Thank you very much for deletion of User:Sharma Amit Pathankot/Amit sharma pathankot! – Paine Ellsworth CLIMAX! 20:44, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals) Media Viewer RfC[edit]

You are being notified because you have participated in previous discussions on the same topic. Alsee (talk) 19:13, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

Moule & Polyzoides[edit]

I am writing you because I believe I have discovered a whole series of connected articles and wiki links that I would categorize as spam. I recently reviewed the new article Moule & Polyzoides. I regularly flag new articles that are promotional pieces for companies and nominate them for deletion as appropriate. But I have stumbled upon a whole series of related articles that seem to be related to the promotion of individuals and their company. The user responsible for these promotional page creations and edits: Supersima. Please refer to his/her global contributions to see this pattern.

The article Stefanos Polyzoides links to the Moule & Polyzoides article. The Stefanos Polyzoides article has one reference. 95% of the rest of the content is unsourced and appears promotional.
This same user included the name of Stephanos Polyzoides in the article Courtyard housing crediting him with the creation of a particular archeticurtural 'style' with spammy style, advertisement-like language.
This user inserted this statement into the Del Mar (Los Angeles Metro station) article: ...and is surrounded by 347 apartments and approximately 20,000 square feet of retail linked by a network of public plazas, paseos and private courtyards all designed by local architecture firm Moule & Polyzoides.
One article Kalu Yala written by this User was nominated for deletion because it was originally tagged as an advertisement for this same company. See WP:Articles for deletion/Kalu Yala

Can you help unravel this nest? I lack the expertise and I don't even know where to begin. Best Regards,

  Bfpage |leave a message  23:42, 17 October 2014 (UTC)
Looks like you have stumbled upon some paid advocacy. I can't say for certain because I have little evidence, but it sure as hell looks like it. I've left the editor a final warning and a stern reminder of her disclosure obligations under the Terms of Use. I've also pruned some of the advertising. Are you sure these subjects are notable? MER-C 01:52, 18 October 2014 (UTC)


Please block Winedmoves (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · nuke contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log), repeating vandalizing Egg. Thanks. --///EuroCarGT 01:02, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

[2]. Looks like other admins are sleeping. --NeilN talk to me 01:02, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Alexf took care of it. --NeilN talk to me 01:07, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Message received recently[edit]

Sorry, I'm new to this sort of thing. Is this a message for the previous person (or in this case, bot) who was attributed to this IP address?

Thanks. (talk) 13:40, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Assuming you have an ordinary ADSL2+ connection, then yes. See IP address#IP address assignment for the details. MER-C 02:43, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Spammy kid biz[edit]

Hey MER-C, a kid keeps trying to promote his silly nonexistent fan project by vandalizing various articles and adding links to his DeviantArt page Here's the SPI report that explains the matter with links: Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Noggyjoggy. Not sure if this is worth submitting to the spam blacklist, but on the other hand, the kid needs to be dissuaded from doing this. Thoughts? Thanks, Cyphoidbomb (talk) 22:33, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Crystal Clear action edit add.png Added. Anything with block evasion that affects multiple articles should be considered for blacklisting. MER-C 03:30, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
Ah, very cool! Thank you. Cyphoidbomb (talk) 03:36, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

CCI needs image list[edit]

Hi, User:MER-C. Unfortunately, I've got a CCI that combines copying of text from print and other sources with uploading images of uncertain publication history. It's at Wikipedia:Contributor copyright investigations/20141020. Can you add the image list for review? :/ --Moonriddengirl (talk) 11:26, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Done. MER-C 12:12, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Amy Willerton[edit]

Hi Amy Willerton she's 1 meter 74 you made a mistake — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

You're more than capable of fixing it yourself. MER-C 08:05, 22 October 2014 (UTC)