Wikipedia:Village stocks

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Wikipedia's village stocks, found a short distance from the village pump.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that intelligent and otherwise sensible editors and administrators occasionally engage in acts of extreme stupidity.

Based on the fundamental principle that such blatant disregard of sensibility, however unintended, is best punished by humiliation, the village stocks have been built to identify the wiki-idiots in our midst.

Hall of shame[edit]

A foolish administrator receives a ritual dunking from gleeful colleagues. Ducks upstream act as marshalling points for specially trained trout waiting to pounce.

AmiDaniel for the Revert the Right Page award[edit]

Who succeeded in reverting vandalism, but posted the reversion to the Main Page instead of the article.

Animum for the Lèse Majesté award[edit]

Was somehow overly impetuous and rolled back Jimbo; also accidentally blocked ClueBot.

Bryan Davis for the Melted the World award[edit]

Who managed, on 8 April 2014, while deploying software updates, to take down not only all of Wikipedia but all other Wikimedia wikis as well, causing them all to display only "Unable to open /usr/local/apache/common-local/wikiversions.cdb." (see [1] from about 18:00 to 18:30)

Dan100 for the Most Understated Use of "OOPS!" as an Edit Summary award[edit]

On 12 December 2005, did, with shocking lack of situational awareness, block WP co-founder and head honcho Jimbo.

east718 for the "It seemed like a good idea at the time..." award[edit]

Who used an unapproved bot to add over 1200 useless revisions to the main page to try to make it undeletable for curious individuals. He failed to hit the necessary 5000-revision mark, but did succeed in taking up lots of time and server resources.

Ed Poor for the Boldness award[edit]

On 1 August 2005, Ed Poor, one of Wikipedia's most experienced editors, boldly decided to delete the entire VFD deletion process, which briefly disrupted editing sitewide as the servers tried to keep up. The whole episode is described in the Signpost article "Deletion deletion".

Kaldari for the "Just testing" award[edit]

Who on the pretext of being distracted by a co-worker, elected to replace the {{infobox}} template with one showing only four lines of data, thereby breaking almost 2 million articles. The change was reverted within two minutes, but that was not quick enough to stop {{{data}}} text from appearing all over article infoboxes, or to stop distressed editors from posting at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical) to ask who was responsible.

Magister Mathematicae for the "I missed that day at target practice" award[edit]

While intending on 24 May 2010 to lock and oversight one of a deluge of accounts created to attack The Thing That Should Not Be, steward Magister Mathematicae (formerly Drini) misfired, locking and globally oversighting The Thing's account, which undid every edit he had ever made to every WMF project (well over 140,000). While this was reversed several minutes later, a server-side script had to be concocted to undo the damage on enwiki, because the job queue failed to un-oversight the edits. While over 1000 seconds database lag was caused due to the number of revisions affected, the main detriment was having to expand WP:WRONG to cover 'deleting the wrong version'. (The wrong version in this case being those edits that weren't supposed to be oversighted, of course...)

Majorly for the Commons Era award[edit]

As a Wikipedia admin moonlighting at Wikimedia Commons, he managed to delete the deletions request page on 30 October 2007.

Master of Puppets for the Town Crier award[edit]

While setting up an edit filter, MoP accidentally hit the save button before completing the job. Due to the half-baked filter, anyone trying to edit wikipedia found themselves rewarded with a stern warning referring to an edit war on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. MoP realized the goof and quickly removed it, but not nearly quickly enough to prevent the issue being raised on ANI. Condemnation to the stocks swiftly followed.

The explodopedia effect often observable after careless button-pressing.

Maxim for the "Doesn't do anything anyway" award[edit]

Who managed, on 3 February 2008, to delete the Main Page, because someone (who is not in the stocks) told him it could not be done. He nobly confessed all at AN/I. Moral of the story: Don't delete the main page.

Moriori for the "What does this button do?" award[edit]

Who managed on 2 November 2005 to move the Main Page to Hauturu/Little Barrier Island (what!?), or rather, failed to prevent she-who-must-not-be-named from doing so. Moral of the story: never let others touch your computer if you are logged in to Wikipedia.

Reaper Eternal for the "Block ALL the edits" award[edit]

Who, while adjusting an edit filter, misfired, resulting in every edit to Wikipedia being disallowed and echoing Master of Puppets' goof from nine months earlier. Like MoP, the error was quickly fixed, but the matter ended up being raised on both the village pump and ANI. A couple of editors quickly agreed that the whole mess was a natural candidate for the stocks, and Reaper was summarily sentenced.

Scientizzle for the Baby and Bathwater award[edit]

Who succeeded in locking the servers for half an hour on 16 January 2008, by deleting the sandbox, as discussed at AN/I; other editors, thankful for the unexpected wikibreak, offered various Wikitrouts and barnstars. This episode led to restrictions on admins deleting pages with large histories.

Steven Walling for the I'm the scapegoat of the WMF award[edit]

On August 2, 2012, a WMF staff member "accidentally told the network to refuse traffic from the entire world, and the network did as it was told". Apparently, "someone was trying to block a specific IP and well, blocked the world". Oliver Keyes and Erik Möller elected to throw Steven under the bus, stating that Steven has been declared the cause of all problems and that Steven definitely did it.

Veinor and MBisanz for the "You said it wouldn't work!" award[edit]

Saying he had heard of a recent anti-vandal update that would prevent moving the Admin's noticeboard, even from admins, MBisanz managed to convince Veinor to try moving the noticeboard. With a momentary memory lapse, the noticeboard was sent to Wikipedia:BWAHAHAHAH [2] on 22 April 2008.

Nominations[edit]

"Fair cop, guv!" declared this admin (who at first claimed to be seeking a lost contact lens) as the darbies snapped shut. "May others take caution from my ignominious, if temporary, disgrace."

Any editor perpetrating an act of extreme but logical stupidity can be nominated for this page, if the act or result is outrageous or amusing, but it is advisable to get their agreement, to avoid unnecessary and inappropriate distress.

Please note this is NOT a pillory. Its purpose is to amuse, and in essence is a type of cautionary tale, warning us all of the pitfalls waiting to lure us all in (not unlike Wikipedia:Lamest edit wars). It should never be offensive or accusatory, and anyone posted is free to remove themselves at any time.

Admins deliberately performing reckless acts to win admission to the page and gain the coveted Stocks "barn star" will be subjected to damnatio memoriae, among other measures.

Sentences can be confirmed by posting Template:Stocks on the recipient's talk page. Consider also using the following barnstar for serious Wiki-breaking offences:

Bomba atomica.gif The Destroyer of the Wiki Barnstar
OH MY GOD WHAT DID YOU DO THERE'S MONKEYS AND FISH EVERYWHERE SOMEONE HELP

See also[edit]