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I didn't know I was giving out to much information. Thanks for catching my mistake! THX4,444 (talk) 17:27, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

IP vandal on Gus Wickie[edit]

Hi, the IP vandal you blocked:

also appears to be using a dynamic IP in the 221.109 range:

Any chance of a rangeblock? BMK (talk) 14:24, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

I've requested semi-protection for Gus Wickie, but the editor focuses on other articles as well (eg. William Pennell, Lou Fleischer) BMK (talk) 14:29, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
Hi BMK, I'm cautious about range blocks because of the possible collateral damage, so I've semiprotected the articles for a week. Obviously, if problems persist, then we may have to range block. PhilKnight (talk) 16:10, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
Great! Any chance you could semi William Pennell as well? BMK (talk) 18:07, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done. PhilKnight (talk) 00:13, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Block of Icecoldkillerz103[edit]

Phil, I notice you gave Icecoldkillerz103 a 24 hour block for edit warring, but am unclear how it is preventative. By the time you blocked him, he'd stopped reverting, calmed down, acknowledged his mistake on my talk page, and stopped editing for the time being. The block seems a bit punitive under the circumstances. --Drmargi (talk) 09:44, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi Drmargi, I've commented on User talk:IceColdKillerz103. PhilKnight (talk) 22:19, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. I've responded there. --Drmargi (talk) 22:38, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi[edit]

I'm not sure what to do about this and the ISIS article. Both clearly need more good editors watching them. The ISIS article has a section on Equpment full of Twitter and YouTube sourced material that I took to RSN, and of course this one has its own problems which I suspect will get worse. Dougweller (talk) 16:40, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I agree. Compared to similar articles relating to ethnic or religious conflicts the editing is relatively civil, and without much edit warring. However, there is definitely problem of using poor quality sources. Perhaps we should post on relevant wikiproject talk pages such as WP:WikiProject Terrorism for the ISIS article, and WP:Wikiproject Biography for the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi biography. Also, I guess Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history could be worth a try. PhilKnight (talk) 17:01, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. I've been slow but I've finally done this. Dougweller (talk) 15:44, 21 July 2014 (UTC)


Thanks for that. Can you do the same thing on their edit at the top of their talk page? —Torchiest talkedits 23:55, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Of course. Thanks for letting me know. PhilKnight (talk) 00:09, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

Block evasion[edit]

You indef blocked Semntyrid (talk · contribs) July 19, Semyntridy (talk · contribs) is obviously the same person editing the same articles. Geraldo Perez (talk) 13:00, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi Geraldo, I've blocked the sock puppet. Thanks for letting me know. PhilKnight (talk) 15:05, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

65 & 68 IPs[edit]

Hi, I noticed your recent unblock decline of 65 & 68 IPs. Given the blocks, their continual denial, and the checkuser evidence, should the SPI be updated to document the case? I'm not really sure how SPI's work, so I don't know what's appropriate or not. Thanks, Kirin13 (talk) 14:31, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi Kirin13, in general, we try to avoid providing information that links an IP address to a user. Obviously, if the user's IP address is known, the user's general location can then be identified, and this is something we try to avoid. Hope that's ok. PhilKnight (talk) 14:42, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
I'm fine with letting it drop, I never wanted to go to SPI anyway – the two IPs were building 'consensus' together and indignantly denying being one editor. If only one returns to the page (of if both return, no denial of being same user is made), then consensus can be made honestly. Thanks, Kirin13 (talk) 14:58, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

The ANV report[edit]

Thanks for your decision not to block me. This is inform you that I take heed of your warning and I will from here onward try to be friendlier with the other users. You need to see things from my point of view though, templates? An insult based on a misconception that I am a common vandal which I am not. I resolve matters amicably, see here, and here. It is patently obvious I am not a vandal but am nevertheless prone to errors. Gilo69 edit-warred with me, used templates while I reverted him and then he went to AIV where I received a block, which I appealed only for it to be laughed out of court. I was treated like a common criminal where one could have so easily explained things to me like a human being which is what I am. So you can imagine my wrath, he started again yesterday so could I now be expected to be a good little boy and take his bullying? Of course not. I have a lot to offer Wikipedia and am learning more and more about its rules and regulations every day, there is a lot to know. It is probably a good idea if you as an admin for the time being order Gilo1969 and Roxy the Dog neither to post on my talk or interfere with my edits, we've kicked off on the wrong foot and it is highly unlikely we will reconcile. I will keep out of their way too. Do you agree with this decree? --The 5th Doctor (talk) 20:07, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

No. Also you cannot have non-free images in your userspace. Non-free images can be used in articles, but not in userspace. PhilKnight (talk) 21:51, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
You just confine yourself to the regulations you preach. Exceed those yardsticks and I'll report you so fast you won't know what happened. You are under no circumstances to remove additional material from user pages such as legitimate categories and non-offensive text inserted by the user. Regarding Roxy the Dog and Gilo1969, if a problem should re-emerge (especially regarding stupid irrelevant templates on my talk page), I will use your previous comment as evidence that you are WP:INVOLVED in the altercation. It's painfully obvious that my suggestion for keeping peace has been discarded. The 5th Doctor (talk) 22:22, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
In your earlier post you say 'I will from here onward try to be friendlier with the other users', and now later the same day, you seem to again be taking a confrontational approach. Also, I'm unclear why you think I'm involved in an editing dispute with you - so far my involvement has been purely administrative. PhilKnight (talk) 22:55, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Interesting. I respect Phil's decision at ANV. It appears that the fifth doctor is trying to suggest that [this edit] isn't vandalism. Astonishing. -Roxy the dog (resonate) 00:17, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Another Zeitgeist sock[edit]

Grsgrsgse (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) popped up just over two hours after the SPI closed and repeated the last account's comments about Wikipedia as a "secret society", so I think this is a DUCK case.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 00:16, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

I've run a checkuser, and it's similar to the others. Blocked and tagged. PhilKnight (talk) 02:08, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
Sigh, again. Would a range-block be feasible?--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 05:30, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
No, I'll semi-protect instead. PhilKnight (talk) 06:20, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, I had thought to ask for semi-protection, but didn't know if it would be appropriate.--The Devil's Advocate tlk. cntrb. 03:05, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

IP exemption request[edit]

Hello PhilKnight, i raised the IP Exemption request without using the blocked VPN connection that I normally have to use to work in an unsecure environment. IF I use my usual VPN secure connection, I can work normally beeing Admin on de and commons project, but can not edit in the en.wikipedia. No wonder you do not see an issue with my "underlying IP" since I am just not able to edit on en.wikipedia using my normal VPN connection.

Best regards -- Neozoon 22:23, 27 July 2014 (UTC) (not on my normal secure VPN that I have to rely on most of the time)

Hi Neozoon, looking at the WP:IP Block Exemption policy, IP block exemption can only be granted in exceptional circumstances to edit via anonymous proxies, and unfortunately, in this instance, I don't consider that applies, because I don't consider the circumstances you describe to be exceptional. PhilKnight (talk) 03:57, 29 July 2014 (UTC)


Thanks. It looks like it is a disruptive edit of my talk page by yet another WP:SP of the editor discussed here.[1] FloraWilde (talk) 01:44, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

No problem, after I blocked the user, I ran a checkuser, which indicated the account was a sock of David Beals, who seems to have an obsession with ceiling fans, so it's probably him. PhilKnight (talk) 01:50, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
Hmmm. The edit came at exactly the timing of my looking into that editor above, and this is the only editor I ever really interacted with. 02:07, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

List of Playboy Playmates of 2014[edit]

Hi, you recently blocked someone who was vandalising the above article. I see that it's being attacked again. Can you protect? Regards. Denisarona (talk) 13:59, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I'll semi-protect the article. PhilKnight (talk) 14:36, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
I made a judicious edit which I think will fix the problem. Feel free to email me if you want detail.--Milowenthasspoken 17:09, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png Many thanks for your prompt action. Enjoy!! Denisarona (talk) 17:07, 1 August 2014 (UTC)


Update (I thought you'd like to know:
"T.R. Threston" is a HOAX! All right already, she does have an elaborate facebook-page, Twitter account, mentioning in annual report of whatever club of travel writers, all uploaded from somewhere, non-valid ISBN and very dodgy, but now finally there is proof that "T.R. Threston" is completely made up! Not even her photoes ar real! That photo from her facebook-"fan" page? Fake! The one from her wordpress page? Fake! Her Twitter? All are fake! You are asking for proof? Well ... lets take the pic from her facebook-fan page for a minute and compare it to this photo of Jessica Alba at Toronto Film Festival 2007. Please note the people in the background ... of course she COULD have asked those who were in the background of Jessica Alba back then, to come join her at exactly the same place to take that photo with exactly the same clothings she might have borrowed them froom Jessica Alba, since she knows all the celebs!), and damn: the same figure, - theoretically, - but ... naaah ... that one is photoshopped! (^_^) And yeah ... all updates on my TALK page ... on all the findings on the Threston-clan! (I still can't believe how someone could have gone through all the trouble making that up!) LagondaDK (talk) 20:21, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I agree. Compare and contrast Threston Wordpress image and this image of a girl with a horse. PhilKnight (talk) 01:52, 2 August 2014 (UTC)


..for blocking User: I suspect it is User:Motique, who was just blocked as a sock a few days ago (see here), after being indeffed about 2 months ago. The "modus operandi" is exactly similar; Removing Arabic from all Israeli articles, and inserting Hebrew into West-Bank articles. I just spend an hour cleaning up after him/her, hope they get a new hobby soon! -Cheers, and thanks again for blocking the IP, Huldra (talk) 15:46, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi Huldra, thanks for explaining. Would you be interested in the rollback tool? It helps with quickly reverting vandalism. PhilKnight (talk) 16:11, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
I´m not familiar with the roll-back tool, but if it helps with undoing things like this, (and is not too difficult to use), yeah, sure, (but I *do* so hope Motique tires soon...) Cheers, Huldra (talk) 16:30, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Tim Kevan[edit]

Hi PhilKnight. I noticed that you deleted the page Tim Kevan. I opened a discussion on the talk page, arguing that notability has been established. No-one disagreed with me, but the page has been deleted anyway. Shurely Shome Mishtake? --- Asteuartw (talk)

Yes, my mistake. I've restored the page. PhilKnight (talk) 11:44, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
Many thanks. No doubt others will add their views on whether or not notability has been established in due course. --- Asteuartw (talk) 11:49, 5 August 2014 (UTC)


Hi PhilKnight, I was just trying to find out some information on the concept of "modelines" in relation to XFree86 but I see you deleted the page that all the other pages relevant to XFree86 reference when talking about modelines. This is the first time I've come across a "deleted page" when searching for information on Wikipedia. I appreciate that Wikipedia is not the place for a user-manual type content but now there is no information even as to what a modeline is? Is there any way to get the content back or do I need to search elsewhere for information? Thanks for your help! --- Giasone (talk) 08:46, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

I could restore the articles if you want. Which ones do you want restored? PhilKnight (talk) 16:25, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
This one is the one linked to from the other various XFree86 pages. I'll see what I can do to improve the page, though it really needs to be done by an expert in modelines. Thanks again for your prompt help! --- Giasone (talk) 09:51, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done. PhilKnight (talk) 11:01, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
That's great PhilKnight, thanks very much. Cheers! --- Giasone (talk) 14:08, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

ANI Help[edit]

The thread on ANI about User:Iranmanesh53 has been archived but not dealt with. It is in the most recent archive (near the bottom) could you please have a look?? Thanks NickGibson3900 - Talk - Sign my Guestbook 03:32, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi NickGibson3900, I've restored the thread. PhilKnight (talk) 13:39, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Admin or rollback rights[edit]

Hi, do you have admin or rollback rights on Wikipedia. While I'm trying to reverse edits that are vandalized will be reverted by me or another rollbacker. I feel comfortable on Wikipedia and not to feel bad at all and keep up the good work! :) --Allen talk 04:58, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi Allen, I suggest you apply for rollback at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions/Rollback. PhilKnight (talk) 08:31, 18 August 2014 (UTC)