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Urgent semi-protection needed[edit]

Nikola Tesla was fully protected, but that recently expired. Prior to that, it was indefinitely semi-protected due to excessive nationalistic edits and other vandalism, and that has started up again. Could you please reinstate this protection? The vandalism is rapid and I've had to revert more than 3 times. Lukeno94 (tell Luke off here) 14:22, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

If it's only one person, as it seems to be here, we prefer to warn and block, at least initially. If it persists a report at WP:RFPP is best.  —SMALLJIM  14:53, 12 April 2015 (UTC)
A report has been up at RFPP, but it's not one person; it's two registered (but brand-new) users and one IP. The page had been semi-protected for four years prior to the full-protection, for exactly these edits; this issue will never go away. Lukeno94 (tell Luke off here) 15:53, 12 April 2015 (UTC) Lukeno94 (tell Luke off here) 15:53, 12 April 2015 (UTC)
You mean Stradivari007 and Gandalfsivi are different people? I suppose it's possible... But I think it's best if an admin who already has some familiarity with the dispute and an interest in ethnic disputes makes the decision on protection. I'm sure we can stay on top of it till then.  —SMALLJIM  16:06, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

Kempty Falls[edit]

Why have u edited the page on kempty falls... there is new development happening in the area and sharing the info wld help the tourists and the locals....

Aseemvarma: there are many places on the internet where you can advertise, but Wikipedia is not one of them. Can I suggest that you read our guide on conflict of interest – I think that will help explain.  —SMALLJIM  22:22, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

Why did you remove my work!?!?[edit]

Hello! Can I please ask why you removed my work from my wiki page of Impact Academy. I would really like to get this resolved because what you removed was a project for one of my english classes. I can make edits to the page but you will make me flunk if I cant get that information back to its original state.

@Inspiron2320: I'm sorry, but you added a lot of information that is not appropriate for the encyclopedia, such as contact details for administrators, etc. Have you followed the links in the welcome message posted on your talk page? Perhaps you should try drafting the article in your own userspace - as described in Help:Userspace draft - instead of making a live article. I hope this helps.  —SMALLJIM  17:19, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

Mundo do dinheiro[edit]

Hi Smalljim. Left you a note on my page. Rui ''Gabriel'' Correia (talk) 21:04, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Food Business School page[edit]

Sorry, I am new to Wikipedia and this is super confusing to me.. My page, "Food Business School" was deleted. Apparently, because my username was not associated with me, as an individual... so I created a new account, hi. I would like to re-create the Food Business School page and was instructed to contact you before doing so.. Can you explain the next steps to me? Thanks

Yes. Just read our guidance essay: Wikipedia:Wikipedia is not about YOU, our policy on copyright violations, and our Plain and simple conflict of interest guide.  —SMALLJIM  20:21, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi, I don't like your edit[edit]

I'm disappointed that you don't approve of edits that remove vandalism.  —SMALLJIM  22:27, 16 April 2015 (UTC)


Just wondering whether you might have been a bit short with User:Touchpill. I was about to give him/her some gentle advice about CopyVio only to find his/her three minutes of glory were up and he/she and been blocked! Just wondering ?  Velella  Velella Talk   09:27, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Velella: The first thing posted was a chunk of our article on Google with details changed, the second was some generic text that appears in several websites. Overall I thought WP:NOTHERE / vandal. Do you want to give him another chance? I won't object if you do, though I wouldn't be surprised if he's already created a few more accounts.  —SMALLJIM  09:40, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for that. The problem when you are not an admin is that you don't get to see past deleted actions. At some time in the future when the software is updated it might be good for non-admins to be able to see a history trail which included past deletions even if the details are redacted. I have no special locus for this individual so I am content. Regards  Velella  Velella Talk   09:50, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
That's a good point, I didn't think that you wouldn't have seen the first deleted page. Thank you: I appreciate this reminder of the responsibility that comes with being an admin.  —SMALLJIM  09:57, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Paul Laurence Dunbar[edit]

There has been a large amount of vandalism on Paul Laurence Dunbar over the past days from IPs, which you have tried to mediate. After looking at the IP accounts responsible, this looks quite poor and I did not leave an message for the IP since the situation appears something more than "standard notification" type of disruption. Do I count over 14 (fourteen) test edits in the last two days. Can you take a quick look? MusicAngels (talk) 16:02, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi MusicAngels. I think it's just schoolkids playing around. Only 3 IPs and I've blocked one of them. I'll watchlist it for a while and will protect if it doesn't die down.  —SMALLJIM  16:13, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
Right. That little outburst did it. I've semi-protected the page for a while.  —SMALLJIM  17:35, 17 April 2015 (UTC)


Hi Smalljim, I noticed that you blocked this account for sockpuppetry. Any idea whose sock this might be? However, he has resorted to spamming admin user pages with his sandbox draft [1][2] via proxies. It looks like he has stopped now but perhaps we should just get an edit filter for this nonsense. De728631 (talk) 09:51, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

De728631: all I really know is that he's referred to as the Politecnico vandal and we delete his repetitive contributions when we spot them. Reaper Eternal may know more – see his recent talk page history! There are performance considerations to edit filters, so we don't tend to use them for less damaging vandalism like this.  —SMALLJIM  11:10, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
Alright. Thank you for the explanation. De728631 (talk) 13:10, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
FYI, I did check Reaper's talk page history and found this guy. De728631 (talk) 13:17, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
That'll be the one. Well spotted. For reference: Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Isseasa.  —SMALLJIM  16:39, 18 April 2015 (UTC)


You recently blocked this IP. Would you have a quick look at the recent edits to Dalmatian, please and the IP's talk page? Your block notice was also slightly changed ... Thanks. SagaciousPhil - Chat 17:17, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

OK, I've blocked again. I was vaguely watching, but didn't notice it was the same IP that I'd already blocked.  —SMALLJIM  17:42, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! SagaciousPhil - Chat 17:53, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

New Page creation[edit]


I had created a page for a seafood company Pescafresh, which was deleted as I used the brand name while choosing my username. As I was not aware of the naming guidelines, I was under the impression that I had to create different logins for any article/content that I may submit.

Request you to please let me know how I can get that page active again.

Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chandersingh0204 (talkcontribs) 11:55, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Hello. I deleted the page because it was unambiguous advertising and would have needed a complete rewrite for it to be acceptable in this encyclopedia. Can I suggest that you read the messages that I've posted on your talk page. I think they will explain for you.  —SMALLJIM  12:02, 19 April 2015 (UTC)


Hello, my friend. I actually blocked him before I saw your post. I decided not to unblock, but rather to leave him blocked awaiting his response to my offer. I hope that is okay. If not, please say and I will do as you wish. All the best, Anna Frodesiak (talk) 13:48, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Anna. Funny how often two admins take action at just the same time isn't it? My finger hovered over the block button, but I did decide to give him one more chance - softy old me! No problem with the block, he did manage to re-create part of the page anyway after I deleted it. I don't think the photo of himself suggests good faith either. He's been deleted from the Albanian 'pedia too.[3]  —SMALLJIM  13:59, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
Many thanks. Yes, that was the second time he'd moved his userpage to the mainspace. So, after a note about it, and he did it again, I'd seen enough. That reminds me, I should speedy tag the image over at commons as out of scope.
By the way, it is nice to see a softy. I am one too, although I am trying to be a bit tougher.
Oh, and I love your userpage image.
Best wishes. :) Anna Frodesiak (talk) 22:04, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
There's another coincidence, Anna: I reverted a vandal post on this page just as you posted your message meaning that I didn't see the alert, hence this delayed reply.
It's not always good to be a softy here, of course – it's hard to judge how much softitude to apply to a vandal based on the limited information that's available in most cases. But trying to get it right adds interest to the otherwise mechanical revert-warn-block process, and when it's busy it helps keep the old brain cells active. The image – it was a bit of a joke when I added it six years ago, but less so today. Maybe I should change it for this one, with the same caption, so it remains a joke :)  —SMALLJIM  09:33, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
I always see a lot of coincidences and Wikipedia, considering it is such a big place. By the way, he had another account which I blocked. As for the softy thing, I do err on the side of caution whenever I can. The image, I like it. Although the new one is an interesting painting (very), the old one has such charm. I think I will make it my wallpaper for a while. All the best. :) Anna Frodesiak (talk) 09:57, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
Yup, Goya's last works were something else. I have two books of Benjamin Stone's photos which I've always intended to put on Commons. I love this one too. Cheers,  —SMALLJIM  10:12, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
They certainly are. They remind me a bit of Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette. I'm not nuts about the horn dance image. It makes me think of poor, dead animals. And yes, do put those photos on Commons. Quite an asset. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 11:21, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
I like the Van Gogh: a definite similarity there, and also the incidental link to David Sedaris who makes me laugh. Now, deer shed their antlers annually so it's not that bad – I'm sure they were just picked up off the ground. But it's the determined expressions I like the most, except the boy on the right who just doesn't want to be there. I'll dig the books out and have a look at them. I haven't done any graphics work for some time.  —SMALLJIM  12:02, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
Well, as long as they didn't hurt the deer. I'd love to know what that dance looks like. The article needs a video. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 23:10, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I can't provide a video (maybe YouTube?), but this old revision of the article provides more info about the dance so you can play it through in your mind's eye (if you can trust the unreferenced content, of course!). It's late, I'm off to bed now...  —SMALLJIM  23:17, 22 April 2015 (UTC)


Thanks for promptly blocking this Vandal. He was creating spam pages as fast as I could tag them and place warnings. Lemlinspire (talk) 16:29, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. It's what I do.  —SMALLJIM  16:37, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you so much for your help in protecting my user and talk pages against a persistent vandal, and for your sense of humour. Krimuk|90 (talk) 10:11, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
Much appreciated! I hope it goes a little way towards minimising the vandalism that's aimed at you.  —SMALLJIM  09:33, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Center for Global Health and Diplomacy[edit]

Hello, this is my first article post and I appreciate your help making sure there are not copyright violations. Could you let me know how I can resolve the speedy deletion dispute? Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Emilyw12 (talkcontribs) 17:02, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Emilyw12: Hello – it's quite simple. Stop editing the article for now and read all the messages that have been left on your talk page to help you.  —SMALLJIM  17:05, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

your 100% wrong[edit]

You think im wrong? im related to otho holland williams. i know his birthdate and his death! so make his birthdate to January 20 1794 and Death in April 18 1848. I know for sure im right. im a historian — Preceding unsigned comment added by Editeator (talkcontribs)

Our rules say that we should use details that have been published in reliable sources, like those already in the article. You can raise your concerns on the article's talk page, if you wish.  —SMALLJIM  10:28, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

A cup of coffee for you![edit]

Cup-o-coffee-simple.svg Good to keep seeing your username around anti-vandalism at the moment. You've beaten me to the block button...just...a couple of times. :) Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 14:09, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
Hi Callanecc. Hehe! Thanks. It's only because I've decided these days to specialise in cleaning up simple obvious vandalism rather than getting involved in complex discussions, and to that end I've written myself a Perl script to help identify vandalism quickly – a sort of alternative to the back-end of Huggle. It seems to be working quite well in as far as it presents me with a lot of vandalism to revert :)
I'm drinking your coffee now, though how you managed to get my wife to bring it in for me, I don't know!  —SMALLJIM  14:35, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Because he's psychic! Thanks for reverting all of those IP vandals on my page. I ended up semi'ing the page for 3 days. I hate doing that since it may deter IPs that want to make good edits, but when those politecho vandals get started they tend to be pretty gung ho for the day. I wish that they'd put that energy to better use, but eh- what can we do? Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 10:13, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
Being psychic is a useful attribute to have on WP – it allows for accurate pre-emptive blocking :) Now which IP address is politecnico going to use next? At least we're identifying and removing a selection of proxies from use.  —SMALLJIM  10:21, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

IP on my talk page[edit]

I protected Talk:Skilled Group (an Australian company) earlier and blocked a sock, and the IP you reverted is from Australia, so that must be the reason for the attack. Thanks again. Dougweller (talk) 10:48, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Dougweller. I noticed he's been at it for a few days, but didn't really look into it. ...And I've just blocked F-u-ck Skill-ed Group again. ...Ah, an explanation: look at Fu-ck Skilled Group. —SMALLJIM  10:58, 28 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, didn't know about the SPI but I now know why DoRD was involved in protecting the talk page earlier. Dougweller (talk) 11:07, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Advice please[edit]

Hi Smalljim. Could you please cast your neutral eye over the Cross Hills article. I have attempted to remove several spamlinks and promotional style editing for local businesses. I also placed a distance conversion template, removed some tautology and edited down detail on a person who died in the village nursing home, which is available on the linked article. However BlackJack keeps reverting everything. As his editing is virtually all on categories related to cricket it seems strange he is pushing these details, giving me the impression he probably lives there by his insistance on retaining promotional, non encyclopaedic material. For example the trivia on the childrens playgroup! Richard Harvey (talk) 00:37, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

@Richard Harvey and BlackJack: I've put some (obvious) advice on the article's talk page.  —SMALLJIM  09:28, 29 April 2015 (UTC)


Thanks for the assist with that persistent Finland vandal/sock/harrasser. Georgewilliamherbert (talk) 22:15, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

No problem!  —SMALLJIM  11:39, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Userpage deletion review request[edit]

Hi, Where can I have someone review your decision of deleting my brand new User's page?

While preparing in contributing to Wikipedia, I wanted people to know who I am and what I do.

I was not advertising myself as you tagged me.

I am very new here (minutes) and I as stipulated in the instructions, I linked to online material in order for readers to validate my informations.

Exactly which part of my presentation did you find inappropriate, as I am scared now to write anything in my user's page!!

Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by MobiDunn (talkcontribs) 20:35, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi MobiDunn. I've put a standard response on your talk page. Bottom line: Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a web host. If you want to help here, please make some useful edits to our articles. Thanks!  —SMALLJIM  20:48, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for your response, however I am well aware of what Wikipedia is, having donated money for its continuity.

We are talking about a User's page here, and it clearly says that User's page can contain personal data so the Wikipedia community can collaborate better. "if desired, limited autobiographical and personal content."

Contrary to your pretensions, that was exactly my goal and frankly I don't need a "free hosting service!" and I was NOT using my User's Page as such!

As for being "useful"like you pointed out, I believe it starts by a proper introduction via the User's Page.

I suggest the article explaining the difference between a user's page in Wikipedia be refined and made clearer.

I also suggest you review the Wikipedia article about not biting "the newcomers" as it is a violation of Wikipedia rules.

I am disappointed of the whole process, when it is written that User's page are different then the rest of Wikipedia and therefore contain personal information, make it clear so people know exactly how to behave. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MobiDunn (talkcontribs) 21:46, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

I'll comment since I requested deletion: you are allowed a small amount of factual, biographical content. Your page was a resume-style page listing achievements, and promotional endorsing work you had done. Joseph2302 (talk) 21:49, 30 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Joseph2302 - that's just about how I read it.
@MobiDunn: I'm pleased to learn that you know more about Wikipedia than I assumed you did. Most people who post content like yours on their user pages are only out to advertise themselves, their band or their company etc., and we never hear from them again. This happens a lot which is why we have templates – like the ones posted on your talk page – to help us volunteers keep on top of the workload. These templates can't cover every nuance, but as you are finding out, those who post them are willing to explain further if asked. We try to assume good faith, even if it may get off to a shaky start.
Reading your comments, you do appear to have chosen to quote one favourable sentence from Wikipedia:User pages: ideally you should read the whole page to understand the principle behind that guideline. You may not have grasped the point that the project doesn't actually care who its editors are or what they have done, or what they know. At it's simplest, all that's required of a "useful" Wikipedia editor is that he/she can find and neutrally paraphrase independent reliable sources for the topic they are writing about. Note that the community of editors is different – we do care who's who, but you have to put in a bit of work first to be accepted.
If you feel strongly that Wikipedia's initial contact with new users could be improved, you'll find many editors here who'll agree with you. An initial query at the Teahouse referring to this discussion should get you started. Now prove that my initial impression was wrong and get editing!!! ;-) ;-)  —SMALLJIM  23:16, 30 April 2015 (UTC)
Joseph2302 and SmallJim-
For what it's worth, I looked at the deleted versions, and that was really pretty darn harmless in the way of userpage content.
I know we have policy on it to avoid becoming another web host etc, but that was a pretty strict (if not overenthusiastic) enforcement of the policy. There are hundreds of active editors with much much more personal and professional info in their user pages than that.
I would suggest and urge you to un-delete it.
Thanks. Georgewilliamherbert (talk) 23:53, 30 April 2015 (UTC)
Really? Because it had links to their personal websites, and was clearly a resume-style post. WP:OTHERSTUFFEXISTS dooesn't mean it should be allowed, just because worse exists. We should not be allowing users to use Wikipedia to self-advertise, this isn't LinkedIn. Joseph2302 (talk) 23:57, 30 April 2015 (UTC)
The rule is not "no self-advertising", it's to use good judgement and discourage people who aren't really editing from using WP as an incidental webhost etc.
Do you believe the new editor shows no sign of being interested in WP beyond using us as a MySpace etc?
Again - this was a pretty strict if not overenthusiastic application of the policy. Successful long term adminning involves knowing when a minor technical violation is not worth pursuing and encouraging rather than nitpicking or rules bashing new editors. I.e., when NOT to act, even more so than when to act.
Please reconsider. Georgewilliamherbert (talk) 00:52, 1 May 2015 (UTC)
Didn't there used to be something about not biting the newbies? DuncanHill (talk) 01:02, 1 May 2015 (UTC)
If they're so keen to contribute to Wikipedia, rather than just self-promote, then why haven't they contributed yet? Their first action was to add a resume-style user page, and then hide behind "Don't Bite the Newbies"- which whilst valid doesn't address the problem, it's an encyclopedia, and they haven't actually positively contributed to it yet. Joseph2302 (talk) 09:29, 1 May 2015 (UTC)
If we're going to have a full debate about this, everyone should be able to see the page in question, so I've restored it for the time being and will add a note on the user's talk page. Regarding any user page's appropriateness (WP:UPNOT vs WP:AGF), we'd all agree that a line has to be drawn somewhere, and I still think this page (as it was at the time) is on the wrong side of that line. Opinions from others are very welcome: if consensus is strongly against me, then I'll amend my behaviour appropriately.
Regarding the biting aspect, I would be very happy to be proven wrong in this instance: it's all up to MobiDunn, of course. Based on her resume, she's obviously going to be well-versed in internet banter so won't, I'm sure, be discouraged from contributing to the encyclopedia by what's happened so far. If she does contribute, I'll go out of my way to help.  —SMALLJIM  10:21, 1 May 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── (edit conflict) I looked at the deleted versions too, Georgewilliamherbert, and I think it was pretty darn obvious self-promotion. It's not just actual "personal and professional info" that counts, but the style, which was adspeak and not very strong on info. "Recognized by her peers as a leader and a pioneer", etc etc? Come on. Self-promotional fluff is not a "minor technical violation" in my opinion — nothing technical about it. Also, George, you ask "Do you believe the new editor shows no sign of being interested in WP beyond using us as a MySpace etc?" Is that rhetorical? So far there has been no such sign, merely the unusual argument, above, that being useful "starts by a proper introduction via the User's Page". Plus a mention in passing of having donated to Wikipedia. I'm sorry, but that's a little crass. Anyway, I feel the user should create a new page without these features. [Adding:] Oh... I did look at the deleted versions, but I see the page has been restored as I was typing. Smalljim, I don't agree with your restoration, I think your original deletion call was good. Bishonen | talk 10:48, 1 May 2015 (UTC).

Seconded. I'd have deleted it myself if I'd seen it first. I would ask User:MobiDunn whether she has any intention of contributing to actual articles, or if her only purpose here is to tell everyone about herself. Financial contributions are welcomed, but so is article work, and I see no evidence that any is forthcoming - if that's the case, there's no point in her having a user account at all. Yunshui  10:58, 1 May 2015 (UTC)
I have redacted the sales links on her restored userpage; they are available in the history if anyone wishes to review them. Yunshui  11:03, 1 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks both, you've described the same problems I saw with the page. I still think it should not stay, but as I said I only restored it so that everyone who's interested in the discussion gets a chance to see it.  —SMALLJIM  11:04, 1 May 2015 (UTC)

Response from MobiDunn[edit]

Hi Smalljim, I read you new comments and others. But I cannot seem to find where to continue commenting on the previous thread, is it possible for you to merge this note with the other? If not, I will follow your instructions and copy paste this note.


Hi all, Would like to clarify both my intentions and my previous suggestion about making the User's page guidelines clearer.

Clarification on my intentions:

First of all, when I uploaded the content on my User's Page, I did it in good faith and so that you all know, I do not need to "self-promote".

From where I come from, people just don't start contributing to any projects without introducing themselves and some of their accomplishments in order to establish credibility.

The page is not a "Sales Page" nor is it a "Personal Website", it is an aggregation of informations for people that want to know more on someone, that is why I linked to it.

The fact that I am part of the Internet business world, I think influenced some of the comments. If the page would have about (e.g.) an artist painting sidewalks, I wonder if I would have been given the courtesy of the "benefit of the doubt".

Clearly, I did not. If you look at the steps I made yesterday: I created my account and Username and created content to introduce myself. By the time I saw that my User's page was tagged, I didn't even have the chance to understand what was wrong in it or what part, that it was already deleted.

Also, it is not treating me as having "good faith" when I see comments about me not contributing on Wikipedia when in fact, I just registered!

Furthermore, I don't agree that talking on my user's page about being a long time supporter of Wikipedia and a donator to contribute to its continuity as being "crass" and to compare Wikipedia donators to content contributors is like comparing apples and oranges. It's besides the point.

Actually, I stated I donated money to Wikipedia, in order to stimulate donation from people that might visit my User's page after reading my future contributions. On that matter, is it ok to put a link to the Wikipedia donation's page?

Wikipedia is a worldwide important project, and we cannot assume we know all of the cultural differences in presenting oneself to the community.

I understand that there must be a lot of abuse on Wikipedia but I am NOT one of them. I only want to learn and be guided to do my very best to contribute, as I contributed in the past to the Twitter platform, as a translator.

Updating the User's Page instructions:

Lastly, I have absolutely no problem in changing whatever needs changing in my User's page and I think this is a great opportunity to use this situation and to have senior contributors update the User's Page intructions, making it clearer and better.

What did I understand from all the comments?

  • You are all dedicated contributors that want to protect the quality and the high standards of Wikipedia ( so do I ).
  • I wasn't given the benefit of the doubt and the chance to learn and correct my page ( please untag my user's page ).
  • The User's page instructions could be refined and clearer.
  • I don't have to establish my credibility in order to contribute and write on Wikipedia.
  • Some contributors seems to be prejudiced with people from the business community wanting to act as contributors.
  • Some contributors should be aware that what they understand in a page like the User's page might differ from what someone else could understand, like it happened to me yesterday.
  • But in the end people in the thread engaged in the group's conversation and try to understand each other with the best of intentions, even if some wrote offensive comments towards me.
  • Some contributors should understand that one cannot usefully contribute to Wikipedia unless they have read and tried to understand all of the informations and instructions.
  • Some contributors should be inclusive as to all the ways that exists to help Wikipedia ( donating, online advocacy, contributing and monitoring content ).

Corrections I will make on my User's page

I will make it shorter, no mention of my page, will not give examples of my professional accomplishments nor about how my peers view me in my field of expertise.

Will talk about my advocacy for Wikipedia and link to the donation's page if it is ok?

And PLEASE, if after my corrections, if someone still feels that some parts should be corrected, please just inform me and I will conform gladly.

Have a nice day all, Michelle :-)

MobiDunn (talk) 16:03, 1 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi Michelle. I've taken the liberty of amending the format of your reply. I'll read the content and reply in due course, as no doubt will others.  —SMALLJIM  16:15, 1 May 2015 (UTC)[edit]

another one Babita arora 11:44, 2 May 2015 (UTC)

I'm applying rangeblocks.  —SMALLJIM  11:50, 2 May 2015 (UTC)


Hi. It looks to me like Nc33893 might be a sock of Cs39012, who you blocked tonight. Should I report them, or is this something you can deal with? Cordless Larry (talk) 21:01, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi Larry. Just popped back to answer this. Good call. It's notable that the non-blocked one switched to editing his talk page after the other was blocked, which suggests the two accounts could have been run from the same IP address. Overall, too much of a coincidence – I've blocked Nc33893 for quacking. Thanks for the proper revert, BTW!  —SMALLJIM  22:06, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Jim. Cordless Larry (talk) 17:52, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

Need help editing Amir Blumenfeld's main picture[edit]

I got a request from the man himself to change it to something more recent but have no idea how. Can you help me boss? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mattymc1399 (talkcontribs) 09:42, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

Your best bet is to ask at the Teahouse, where there are lots of volunteers happy to help new users with questions like this.  —SMALLJIM  09:45, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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On List of sovereign states. I was just about to do it myself!  — Calvin999 10:38, 7 May 2015 (UTC)
You're very kind! When there are several editors doing AV work it's often no more than chance who gets the revert!  —SMALLJIM  10:51, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

Head's Up[edit]

As you blocked a few of the accounts, you may be interested in Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Lifeline Ophelia.--Jezebel's Ponyobons mots 17:54, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

Ah yes, snooker. Thanks, I'll keep an eye open.  —SMALLJIM  10:23, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Please help[edit]

Are you there? Can you revoke this user's access to his own talk page? Also request to hide comments.Babita arora 06:54, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Sorry. That was a bit too early for me, especially after UK general election night! Thanks to Yunshui for sorting it out. —SMALLJIM  10:13, 8 May 2015 (UTC)
Can you semi-protect my talk page for a month? Babita arora 10:03, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
OK – done.  —SMALLJIM  10:11, 9 May 2015 (UTC)


The most famous dish in Cairo is called Koshari and its mad from a mix of rice, pasta, lentils, onions and red sauce. Kushari

why don't u put my work,, it has a strong reference from wikipedia it self,, it talks about famous dish in cairo, its a shame that a big city like cairo nothing about food is written about it . its in cairo page — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bigadelsherif (talkcontribs)

Hello, Bigadelsherif. Although I didn't remove what you added the second time, kushari doesn't belong in the article on Cairo unless reliable sources state that it is very specifically associated with that city. The dish is mentioned in Egyptian cuisine as a common dish throughout the country. The content in our articles about cities is covered by Wikipedia:WikiProject Cities. I hope this helps,  —SMALLJIM  12:03, 8 May 2015 (UTC).

From Faisaljan328[edit]

Kya bol raha hai thullay? Agar tjhy samaj nai aati to padta hi kyun hai? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Faisaljan328 (talkcontribs) 10:17, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

Sorry, but Google Translate can't make sense of that. Please use English in the English Wikipedia: I'll try to help if I can.  —SMALLJIM  10:24, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

From User:Pontiacgm[edit]

I received an e-mail from User:pontiacgm earlier today with the comments shown below.

Yes this is pontiacgm and Jeep needs to be updated to Brian Toussaint Thompson bought out but still a subsidiary of dodge and Chrysler groups

"This email was sent by user "Pontiacgm" on the English Wikipedia to user "Miller17CU94". It has been automatically delivered and the Wikimedia Foundation cannot be held responsible for its contents.

The sender has not been given the recipient's email address, nor any information about his/her email account; and the recipient has no obligation to reply to this email or take any other action that might disclose his/her identity. If you respond, the sender will know your email address. For further information on privacy, security, and replying, as well as abuse and removal from emailing, see <>."

From what I saw of this user, you had blocked him six weeks ago to vandalism issues.

Any idea how this user bypassed the block to e-mail me? Chris (talk) 16:44, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi Chris. By default, blocking a user doesn't include removing that user's ability to send email (if they already had it set up). If the email is a problem for you, I can remove that access – let me know. Incidentally, it's not a topic with which I am familiar, but I assume there's no validity in what he says.  —SMALLJIM  17:14, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know. It seemed rather nonsensical to me given my edit history has little to do with automotive issues. Chris (talk) 17:42, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

need a page for my co.[edit]

i just wanted a page for my group... — Preceding unsigned comment added by Uzairhussain999 (talkcontribs) 16:56, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Just read the messages on your talk page. Wikipedia isn't the right place. Sorry!  —SMALLJIM  17:28, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the change[edit]

Thanks for updating the 'tornadoes of 2015' page. I was disgusted to see that inappropriate content and was relieved to see that you removed it. Keep up the good work! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:5B0:2DFF:1EF0:0:0:0:38 (talk) 20:23, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

No problem. Thanks for the comment.  —SMALLJIM  20:27, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Dispute Resolution[edit]

Hello, Jim! My name is "EE", I'm writing to let you know that the user Orthodox2014 has requested moderation in the Dispute Resolution Noticeboard and I have volunteered to take on the case. Since you are the user he has complained about, I will need you to participate in the discussion and explain your position. I will do my best to be fair to the both of you and I hope we can come up with a resolution that is fair to the both of you. Cheers, EnglishEfternamn*t/c* 05:08, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

DRN request[edit]

The request for assistance regarding My contributions to Emmanuel Lemelson and Lemelson Capital Management made at the Dispute Resolution Noticeboard has been closed and archived because the request was made manually rather than through our listing form. Unfortunately, doing so breaks the page automation at DRN handled by a couple of bots and can't be allowed to remain in place. Any of the parties to the dispute should feel free to refile using the listing form available through the "Request dispute resolution" button at the top of the page, if dispute resolution is still needed. Regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 13:39, 12 May 2015 (UTC) (current DRN Coordinator) (Not watching)

I have reposted my initial request to Dispute Resolution Noticeboard and hope we can get things resolved. Information icon There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. Orthodox2014 (talk) 22:10, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

Blocked account[edit]

Hi Our inquiry class is doing a project on wikipedia and our ip address has been blocked. I have tracked the problem through our IP address in wikipedia and would like to be able to deal with the person(s) causing the problems but since we have been blocked, I do not have access to the user name(s) of that person.

I would like to rectify the situation and continue with the class project. I am hoping you will be able to supply me with the user name of the person causing the issues and unblock our class so we can continue our work.

Thank you for your consideration. TeacherHart (talk)TeacherHart — Preceding undated comment added 18:10, 12 May 2015 (UTC) Our IP address — Preceding unsigned comment added by TeacherHart (talkcontribs) 17:28, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

Hello, TeacherHart. Whoever did the vandalism for which that IP address was blocked did not log in with a username, so I can't help you with that. However, if the block is causing a problem with your class I'm prepared to lift it on the understanding that if there is any further vandalism or non-constructive editing it will be re-blocked at once. Is that acceptable?  —SMALLJIM  18:25, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Smalljim. We are working on tracking the culprit down. The changes were made after school hours so it is proving to be difficult. Please let me know if you notice anything else. I don't see any indication of when the account was blocked. With the date and time we can focus our search. Could you please provide us with that information? Thanks! TeacherHart (talk)TeacherHart
The times the vandalism took place and the time I blocked the IP address are all shown in Special:Contributions/ Hope this helps,  —SMALLJIM  19:54, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. I think we've sourced the problem. At least a portion of the problem. The student(s) send their apologies. We are still working on who is responsible for a couple of the edits and hope to follow through on that soon. I appreciate your time and work regarding this issue.TeacherHart (talk) 00:09, 13 May 2015 (UTC)TeacherHart

Thread at ANI involving you[edit]

Seems you haven't been notified, but there's a thread at ANI involving you. The thread is WP:ANI#My contributions to Emmanuel Lemelson and Lemelson Capital Management.

Seems you also haven't been notified that the same thread has previously been at DRN and WP:COIN as well. Joseph2302 (talk) 22:24, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
@Joseph2302: Thanks. There is an ANI notice embedded in the message above, but I've been following along anyway and drafting my own ANI report (which takes time). The time difference across the pond is annoying sometimes: it's near my bedtime, so I've posted what I've got so far to ANI, but there'll not be any more from me now till tomorrow!  —SMALLJIM  22:44, 12 May 2015 (UTC)


Did you know Mikemikev got banned from Metapedia? Too right wing even for them I guess. Dougweller (talk) 11:32, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Just another vandal as far as I'm concerned :)  —SMALLJIM  12:14, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for undoing the talk page edit[edit]

I was just wondering if perhaps you are able to get that link to the Sydney hostage crisis in the List of Islamic Terrorism attacks removed? It is protected, so I have to wait until the protection ends, I suppose. I mean, its not like there is any doubt that it wasn't a terrorism attack, is there? Mister Sneeze A Lot (talk) 12:16, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Ha ha ha and I just scrolled through and there is this guy saying that he should be hanged and stuff. Like seriously? That's just messed up right there, threatening to kill someone over Wikipedia. Good job on the indef ban. About as obvious as it gets. He is taking this way too seriously, I think. Mister Sneeze A Lot (talk) 12:19, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
Mister Sneeze A Lot: I'm afraid I missed this, and haven't looked yet. Not providing links makes it harder to see what you're talking about. Is it something I dealt with? If not you'd do better asking at the relevant talk page with the {{editprotected}} template.  —SMALLJIM  21:27, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
This is the non-constructive edit: Mister Sneeze A Lot (talk) 05:32, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
I asked the guy who protected the page to fix it and he just told me to use a template. There are people making death threats on Wikipedia over this, saying "all Muslims must die" as apparent justification for it. Incredible stuff. But anyway, it was clearly NOT a terrorist action, and it is agreed to everywhere that it was not. If we want to have a category for "incidents pretended to be terrorist acts when they were not" then it belongs there. But this is a category for actual terrorist acts, and it does not belong there. There has already been discussion on the talk page from 6 months ago. This issue is over. Mister Sneeze A Lot (talk) 05:49, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
My only involvement was reverting some obvious vandalism on related user talk pages. I see there's discussion on the talk page among interested editors about your request, which is good. But I don't want to get involved, thanks.  —SMALLJIM  09:00, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Admin help[edit]

Give us a hand mate, I didn't mean to do this[4]. --Mario Payne (talk) 21:02, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

I mean I cannot revert myself, I didn't know "move" worked so automatically. Mario Payne (talk) 21:03, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
I think it's fixed now [5]. Mario Payne (talk) 21:05, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
Sorry for my delay in replying, but I think you've fixed it yourself.  —SMALLJIM  21:19, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, a total accident by me, won't happen again now I know what the function does. Tada. Mario Payne (talk) 21:32, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Another screamingly obvious Itailevi00 sock[edit]

Here he is; Itailevi100040 (talk+ · tag · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · filter log · block user · block log · SUL · CA · checkuser (log)) You mind blocking so we can quickly patch this leak? And if you don't know who Itailevi00 is, here. All of his accounts (except one typo'd one) start with "Itailevi" and then a series of numbers. Thank you. Zeke Essiestudy (talk) 12:44, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

It's a new one on me, but I'll add him to the list to watch out for. Blocked this one.  —SMALLJIM  12:48, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Was not vandalizing[edit]

Why did you remove our work on the Venolyn Clarke page? There was no vandalism and I am currently working on the verification and references. — Preceding unsigned comment added by UMPSfan (talkcontribs) 20:53, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Oh. You've been blocked by another admin for block evasion and he's protected the page to the end of the month. Here's a tip: if you come back again, make sure you only add or change information with supporting citations to reliable sources. Whatever you do, don't undo changes that have already been made. And make sure you use explanatory edit summaries. And don't vandalise: like this, for example.  —SMALLJIM  21:08, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Shell Oil Company[edit]

This page has been unprotected for 2 hours, and already it's being vandalised with POV edits again. Please can you reprotect it? I've asked at WP:RPP but no response. Joseph2302 (talk) 14:42, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

OK - done that. Not your fault, but I should really be outside enjoying the spring sunshine, not doing this...  —SMALLJIM  14:50, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
I protected Royal Dutch Shell too, since the campaign is spreading there. If only they would find some reliable sources and add encyclopedic content, I'm sure hardly anyone would complain.  —SMALLJIM  14:59, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 18 May 2015[edit]

Thank you. How do I send a message when the account is on block? The username who issued the block is Smalljim.

I have been trying now for 12 months to upload Rivulet Liqueur's information. I have read the links and still no luck. It is continuous information with links.

How can we display our information link Jack Daniels or other spirits? Is there a page with steps to create a Spirits page?

Please help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

I guess you're talking about the block and the messages on User talk:Rivulet Pecan Liqueur, and the content at User:Jessica RivuletLiqueur/sandbox (which I will delete shortly). You only seem to be here to advertise your product, which is against Wikipedia's rules. If that is not the case and you really want to create an neutral, properly referenced article on a notable topic, then you should work your way through our article wizard. Otherwise, please use other sites for your promotion.  —SMALLJIM  14:26, 18 May 2015 (UTC)


These are all spambot accounts. I and a few other admins have been blocking these types of account without warning, block notices, and revoking talk page access as the accounts are all throwaway accounts. Edit filter 499 picks up a lot of these accounts. -- Gogo Dodo (talk) 04:24, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Thanks Gogo Dodo. I've just started monitoring that filter and taking it carefully – I'll get it right next time. If we don't revoke TPA do they repost there?  —SMALLJIM  08:38, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Sometimes. Depends upon which spambot it is. -- Gogo Dodo (talk) 16:58, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Wrongful block[edit]

Please see User talk: (talk) 12:45, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

The bad edit was here. But I've unblocked and replied on IPs talk page.  —SMALLJIM  12:54, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
I was trying to revert this vandalism which ClueBot missed. Somehow my revert got mixed up with your revert. It should have given me an edit conflict message but it didn't.
Perhaps you should consider warning users before blocking them for "persistent" (really???) vandalism. You sure turned me off from trying to contribute for a while. (talk) 12:57, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Ah, if only I was perfect :) Don't take it badly, please. Tell you what, if you come across a vandal who is overdue for blocking, let me know and if I'm around I'll deal with it quickly for you.  —SMALLJIM  13:01, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
"Quickly blocking" is your problem, not a solution. No warning, no checking other edits, just quickly block for "persistent" vandalism. (talk) 13:08, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
But I'm not around for the next hour or two.  —SMALLJIM  13:03, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Vandals on Rainbow Fish[edit]

Hello. The IPs (which all geolocate to Saint Petersburg, Russia, or thereabout) and the countless named accounts that repeatedly vandalise the article are all socks of indefinitely blocked Никита-Родин-2002 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · nuke contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) (Nikita Rodin in the latin script), a 12-13 yr old kid (according to his page on VK, the Russian Facebook) who seems to be totally obsessed with "Rainbow Fish", and also, judging by his contributions, seems to live in a fantasy world where he wrote the book, and created the animated TV series. So the vandals can be blocked on sight as block evasion. Before starting to edit on en-WP he also managed to get indeffed on the Russian WP, BTW, for the exakt same kind of behaviour. Thomas.W talk 15:28, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

@Thomas.W: Thanks, another one to try to remember! Taking a lead from what other admins have done, I've semi-protected the page for two months.  —SMALLJIM  15:44, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Re: your warning + consensus[edit]

There is a consensus and it's one I'm adhering to. As you'll see at [ANI discussion], it's generally agreed that the editor Serpren is incorrect to use "Cornwall, England, UK" as a standard geographical location. I'm simply trying to repair the damage caused by his mass changes. He himself stated in that ANI case that he would not cease making similar changes. (talk) 16:57, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

  • I've retrieved the ANI discussion as it clearly didn't resolve anything. It is now open here if you're interested in looking at it. (talk) 17:27, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for attempting to continue the discussion, since your changes were evidently not without opposition. I won't be expressing any opinions on the wording; I'm not that interested in which description is adopted, only that we abide by consensus and avoid edit warring. I will say that it would have been more diplomatic to raise the issue of reverting Serpren's edits at a Cornwall talk page first. You'll help yourself if you try to avoid using inflammatory edit summaries too (don't let the other IP annoy you). Finally, it seems to me that in the discussion you'll need to express very clearly exactly what you want - just Serpren's edits to be reverted, or the wording to be changed on all relevant articles. I hope this helps,  —SMALLJIM  18:46, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
I see the priority as preventing wholesale changes, cf. the Cornwall project's guideline "no-one actively changes articles that don't comply with this format unless making other substantive edits to the article". There's no way someone changes a couple hundred articles without it being an attempt to make a political point. I absolutely accept I should have been more diplomatic, it's just rather irritating to have negative assumptions made about one's editing solely due to editing from an IP. (talk) 19:06, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
It's nothing at all to do with you using an IP - what it is to do with is you making mass changes from a preferred wording to a deprecated one, you falsely accusing people of vandalism, and falsely accusing people of political motivation. DuncanHill (talk) 19:19, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
82.41.. After reading the linked discussions, my personal opinion, if I've read it right, is that while Serpren shouldn't have made bulk changes, per the UKWPNB discussion closure, it doesn't serve any good purpose now to revert them. That's because they are in accordance with the Cornwall consensus, and thus are generally considered to improve the encyclopedia.
I'm sorry for being so brusque in attracting your attention. I have to say, though – even though I'm pretty sure you've been told before – that adopting a username would make it easier for your colleagues here to identify you.  —SMALLJIM  19:55, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

mistaken identity[edit]

Hello,when i just opened wikipedia i found a message from you saying something about a inappropriate amendment i had made to a page about some lady called Margaret Calvert. I have never visisted this page,and am slightly perturbed that someone else mifght be editing for me, i'm not a user, im just an IP address, the only editing i have ever done has been on age and longevity related pages, which is an interest of mine, i would never edit stuff i dont know about, so i don't know what's happened in this instance. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:57, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

IP addresses get re-used, so the message was meant for whoever was using that address at that time. You can avoid these problems by creating an account, as explained in Wikipedia:Why create an account?.  —SMALLJIM  07:54, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

A Barnstar for you![edit]

GoodHeart Barnstar Hires.png The Good Heart Barnstar
For clearly demonstrating a good heart and being a kind and friendly person. Babitaarora (talk/contribs) 06:43, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
Awww. Thank you, Babita.  —SMALLJIM  07:57, 20 May 2015 (UTC)