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JarlaxleArtemis
Original name(s) JarlaxleArtemis
Wikilifespan 30 December 2004 – 20 August 2007 (as JarlaxleArtemis)
20 August 2007-present (as Grawp)
ISP Verizon
(*.lsanca.dsl-w.verizon.net)

PeoplePC or Earthlink
(*.dial1.losangeles1.level3.net)
Known IPs See #Anonymous IPs
Known hostmasks See #Host masks
Physical location Lakewood, California and Rossmoor, California
Sockpuppet investigations JarlaxleArtemis
Requests for arbitration

WP:RFAr/JarlaxleArtemis,

WP:RFAr/JarlaxleArtemis 2, WP:RfAr/JarlaxleArtemis 3
Instructions Revert and block on sight, full-protect user and talk pages and disable email for all socks.
Status Active

JarlaxleArtemis (talk • contribs • deleted contribs • nuke contribs • logs • filter log • block user • block log) was a persistently uncooperative editor who was banned from all Wikimedia projects. He now trolls and vandalizes articles and user pages. Since 2012 he has been particularly active vandalizing articles in the Israel-Palestine conflict area and should be considered one of the active vandals and sockpuppets in that area.

Feel free to report alarming threats made to you via edit summaries, talk page messages or emails to info-en@wikimedia.org which will forward information to the Wikimedia Foundation legal department.

History

JarlaxleArtemis has a long history of disruptive activity which has resulted in several short-term blocks, three Requests for Arbitration, a community ban from Wikipedia and an unprecedented ban from all Wikimedia projects. During his second arbitration case, it was discovered that he had created almost 50 accounts to harass or impersonate other Wikipedians, and also made a personal attack on Wikimedia board member Anthere. As a result, he was banned from all Wikimedia projects on September 18, 2005. In an unusual move, he was allowed back on probation two months later, but was community-banned from Wikipedia on September 17, 2006 for continued misbehavior.

JarlaxleArtemis then began harassing editors and administrators by posting personal attacks and personal information using both anonymous IPs and throwaway sockpuppet accounts. He also abused the password request feature to perform network flooding. He also engaged in wanton copyright infringement and mass creation of unhelpful or incorrect redirects.

Listings of JarlaxleArtemis Identities used

Accounts in other languages

Accounts on other Wikimedia projects

Accounts off-Wikimedia

Starting in August 2007, he took on a new persona, "Grawp", which he has used to disrupt Wikipedia and harass users and administrators.[2] As Grawp, he recruited people and coordinated at Encyclopedia Dramatica (where he kept a multipage list of his sockpuppets) and 4chan, among other sites. He and his associates usually conduct page-move vandalism by moving pages to nonsensical titles, mostly variations of "HAGGER" followed by a series of glottal stops and with spacings (example sock). The word is derived from a corruption of the name "Hagrid" as spoken by Grawp in the Harry Potter universe. Technical restrictions have helped to ease this, although they have not been successful at stopping it entirely. His edits and moves were often supplemented by a URL of a shock site that hacks the user's browser and contains malware. Edit summaries sometimes included "for great justice and epic lulz", followed by the shock site link. When blocked, he would post unblocks to the blocked account's user talk page using a huge image file that can crash some browsers (Firefox mainly), with the unblock request expressing a wish to crash the browser. Encyclopedia Dramatica later split into "Oh Internet" (which has a Grawp article) and encyclopediadramatica.se (which has articles on both names). After he returned as Grawp, many of his sockpuppets were found to be sleeper accounts and/or to have many "good" edits.

Other coordinated attacks included multiple creations of sockpuppet accounts with names intended to insult and harass legitimate users and administrators who attempt to deal with the sockpuppets. Many of these use alternate characters in an attempt to bypass abuse filters. As in the case of the "HAGGER" variations, an anti-abuse bot has been programmed to block such attacks, but not all sockpuppets are caught and blocked by the bot. Few of the sockpuppets actually edited the article space or perform page moves; many are simply childish taunts, but it should not be assumed that a sockpuppet creation is solely a taunt.

More recently he has used both anonymous IPs and sockpuppets, as well as hundreds of insulting and threatening emails, to revert, insult, and otherwise harass individuals editing in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict area who he believes are critical of the state of Israel (see long list of relevant Administrators Noticeboard Incidents here) and individuals who did not agree with the assertion that Jews could not be ethnically German (see this 2013 Administrators' Noticeboard Incident). He also has left anti-Muslim slurs on various pages.

Repeated complaints to Verizon and to his family members have been completely unsuccessful at curbing his abuse, despite the involvement of the Wikimedia Foundation. His identity is known to Foundation board members, staffers and attorneys. Due to collateral damage resulting from his vandalism, large numbers of Verizon customers in Southern California have been unable to edit Wikipedia anonymously.

Modus operandi

JarlaxleArtemis uses Anonymous IPs and throwaway sockpuppet accounts for activities on Wikipedia and has been known to use or create as many as a dozen in one day. Some of his sockpuppets may be sleeper accounts with a number of "good" edits.

Recent activities

  • Reverts legitimate edits, often repeatedly: He usually does so without an edit summary, but sometimes alleges vandalism or writes an insulting edit summary. Sometimes he uses applications such as Twinkle. He may revert the same legitimate edit numerous times in an attempt to wear down editors and keep the POV or vandalism edit in the article.
  • Posting personal attacks and personal information: He routinely vandalizes article talk pages and user pages and talk pages by posting personal attacks. These attacks may be accompanied with personal information and contact details for the victim if he has been able to find them.
  • Creating attack user names: These contain personal details, libel and/or other abuse using the user names (or real names, e-mail addresses, or web addresses) of legitimate users or administrators. He does this to insult and harass them, targeting them because he disagrees with their edits, they reverted his vandalism, or they attempt to deal with his sockpuppetry. Sometimes he will do an edit using the attack user name. Administrators usually will delete the name from edit summaries and/or the whole attack user name account. If this is not done, appeal to an administrator to do so. (Note that in some instances, the impersonation is done on another project and then brought to the English Wikipedia through unification.)
  • Reverting own sock edits: He knows administrators quickly strike attack user names and/or edit summaries. So he uses one sock to revert another one of his sock's edits made with the attack user name or edit summary, using an edit summary that describes the nasty name or edit. Thus an administrator striking the first attack user name and/or edit summary may miss the revert or think the revert is from a legitimate editor. Thus, for example, one of his several death threats against Chuck Hagel is still listed in the edit history. If this happens, bring it to the attention of the administrator who struck the original edit.
  • E-mail flooding: He creates accounts, usually with racist names or ones reflecting his political POV, on proxy email services, including mailinator.com and hmamail.com, in order to abuse Wikipedia email and send scores of obscene and threatening emails to editors. MediaWiki has not yet been able to create a filter to prevent such abuse. Again, feel free to report alarming threats to info-en@wikimedia.org which will forward information to the Wikimedia Foundation legal department.
  • Pagemove vandalism: May move articles to nonsensical or offensive titles.

Less recent activities

JarlaxleArtemis often engaged in the following activities using his main account and may do so again using Anonymous IPs or either attack or non-attack sockpuppet accounts. For details, please consult JarlaxleArtemis's previous three Requests for Arbitration listed in in the info box.

  • JarlaxleArtemis has used open proxies (particularly 69.50.208.4 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · filter log · WHOIS · RDNS · RBLs · http · block user · block log) to flood users with thousands of password reminder e-mails. He was able to do this because the MediaWiki software which powers Wikipedia was not configured at the time to limit the number of password requests (see Bug 7078). This action has since been throttled down.
  • Wanton copyright infringement, particularly with images.
  • Flouting of Wikipedia:Manual of Style, Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not, and other policies.
  • Removing deletion tags or talk page warnings
  • Attempting to gain administrator privileges
  • Creating unhelpful or incorrect redirects
  • Posting machine-translated articles
  • Posting duplicate articles
  • Recreating deleted articles

Activities outside Wikimedia websites

Means of identification

Favourite pages

With his original User:JarlaxleArtemis account, he was most active on the following pages: Wikipedia:Sandbox, Drizzt Do'Urden, Artemis Entreri, Drow, List of minor characters in Xenosaga, Jecht, -phob-, List of terms in Xenosaga, Vhaeraun, Talk:Main Page, List of antagonists in Xenosaga, Midi-chlorians, Derro, Spira (Final Fantasy X), House Baenre, Dartz, General Grievous

Reporting abuse

Do not engage suspected Anon IPs or sockpuppets of JarlaxleArtemis in debate and do not make legal threats against him on Wikipedia or any other Wikimedia Foundation project you may run into him. (See Wikipedia:No legal threats.) Feel free to report alarming threats made to you via edit summaries, talk page messages or emails to info-en@wikimedia.org which will forward information to the Wikimedia Foundation legal department.

Sockpuppets

Editors or administrators who suspect that a vandal is JarlaxleArtemis can do the following:

  1. If you think the account may be a new sockpuppet or a sleeper account, first look for a pattern of abusive edits in the editor's contributions list.
  2. If unsure, you may inquire on the editor's talk page as to whether they have edited previously as an Anonymous IP or using another account. This sometimes is enough to either stop him from using that account or to make a hostile reply that will confirm it. If an editor makes a polite denial, it may mean you are incorrect but should feel free to observe the editor's future edits.
  3. When reverting either a sockpuppet or Anonymous IP that you are pretty sure is JarlaxleArtemis, link to this page - Wikipedia:Long-term_abuse/JarlaxleArtemis - in the edit summary to help explain the revert and to help alert any administrative watchers as to what is happening.
  4. To alert administrators to sockpuppets with an account, tag his user page with:

    {{sockpuppet|JarlaxleArtemis|evidence=[[Wikipedia:Long term abuse/JarlaxleArtemis]]}}

  5. If he reverts it, you can bring the matter to a friendly administrator or to Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents. Feel free to go to Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents if the behavior is particularly disruptive, no administrator is stepping in and you do not know which one to contact.
  6. If you are being constantly stalked and reverted and have brought the matter to the attention of administrators or their noticeboard and people agree he (or any one) is causing you a problem you can ask for "Rollback" privileges which will make it much easier to revert his most obvious and repeated vandalisms.

To find all all tagged accounts and IPs see:

Maintenance

  1. When the administrator blocks the sockpuppet account, replace the above "suspected" template with:

    {{SockpuppetProven|JarlaxleArtemis|[[Wikipedia:Long term abuse/JarlaxleArtemis]] and [[Wikipedia:Requests for checkuser/Case/JarlaxleArtemis]]}} {{Indefblockeduser}}

  2. Also ensure the sockpuppet user and talk pages are fully protected.

Anonymous IPs

He uses anonymous IPs from all around the world. While it can be easier to get these blocked, it is also easier for him to create them.
1. His anonymous IPs usually engage in fairly obvious vandalism, usually without an edit summary. However, if the edit summaries are abusive and are on articles in the topic area he is currently abusing and are accompanied by abusive posts on your talk page or a number of abusive emails, it may be him. Feel free to state your situation on the talk page of this project page to get others' advice.
2. Tag the edit summaries of your reverts of his vandalism with Wikipedia:Long-term_abuse/JarlaxleArtemis to help explain the revert and to help alert any administrative watchers as to what is happening.
3. As above, if he reverts it, you can bring the matter to a friendly administrator or to Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents. Feel free to go to Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents if the behavior is particularly disruptive, no administrator is stepping in and you do not know which one to contact.

See list of past Anonymous IPs

List of past Anonymous IPs

Past IP logs

Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2005 13:00:05 +1000
From: Tim Starling <t.starling@physics.unimelb.edu.au>
To:  linuxbeak@gmail.com, David Gerard <dgerard@gmail.com>
Subject: Jarlaxle's harrassment and disruption by account creation

At Linuxbeak's request, I've looked up the IP address of the person who
has been spamming the new user log and [[Special:Listusers]] with
offensive usernames, often puerile attacks directed at Linuxbeak. Here's
the method I used:

*Used [[Special:Log/newusers]] to identify a single offensive username.
I looked up the IP address.
*Searched the recentchanges table for edits with that IP address. The
result was Jeremy Hanson.
*Searched for IP addresses with that username. The user was coming from
all over the 71.107.0.0/16 subnet.
*Searched for all account creations from that /16.
*Removed some of the entries that could have been false positives.
Hence in the log below, some of the rows are missing.

The first row below is a homograph, Psy%D1%81honaut in URL form. Row 19
is %DB%9E and row 20 is %E2%85%9D.

mysql> select rc_timestamp,rc_ip,rc_comment from recentchanges where
rc_namespace=-1 and rc_title='Log/newusers' and rc_ip like '71.107.%'\G
*************************** 2. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050913024057
       rc_ip: 71.107.145.140
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:Psyсhonaut|Psyсhonaut]]
([[User talk:Psyсhonaut|Talk]] |
[[Special:Contributions/Psyсhonaut|contribs]])
*************************** 6. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050914002144
       rc_ip: 71.107.166.135
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:Jarlaxle Baenre|Jarlaxle
Baenre]] ([[User talk:Jarlaxle Baenre|Talk]] |
[[Special:Contributions/Jarlaxle Baenre|contribs]])
*************************** 7. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050918011419
       rc_ip: 71.107.168.17
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:! ! ! ! Linuxbeak is an
unemployed bum|! ! ! ! Linuxbeak is an unemployed bum]] ([[User talk:! !
! ! Linuxbeak is an unemployed bum|Talk]] | [[Special:Contributions/! !
! ! Linuxbeak is an unemployed bum|contribs]])
*************************** 8. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050918011716
       rc_ip: 71.107.168.17
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:Zscout370, there's no
point in blocking these unused accounts|Zscout370, there's no point in
blocking these unused accounts]] ([[User talk:Zscout370, there's no
point in blocking these unused accounts|Talk]] | [[Special:C
*************************** 9. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050918012005
       rc_ip: 71.107.168.17
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:Zscout370, it's not like
I'm using these accounts.|Zscout370, it's not like I'm using these
accounts.]] ([[User talk:Zscout370, it's not like I'm using these
accounts.|Talk]] | [[Special:Contributions/Zscout370, it's not
*************************** 10. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050918012226
       rc_ip: 71.107.168.17
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:Zscout370, stop deleting
old images!|Zscout370, stop deleting old images!]] ([[User
talk:Zscout370, stop deleting old images!|Talk]] |
[[Special:Contributions/Zscout370, stop deleting old images!|contribs]])
*************************** 11. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050918012542
       rc_ip: 71.107.168.17
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:Phroziac and Zscout370,
old images are good for the history.|Phroziac and Zscout370, old images
are good for the history.]] ([[User talk:Phroziac and Zscout370, old
images are good for the history.|Talk]] | [[Special:Cont
*************************** 12. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050918012808
       rc_ip: 71.107.168.17
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:Ral315, there are no
such things as souls.|Ral315, there are no such things as souls.]]
([[User talk:Ral315, there are no such things as souls.|Talk]] |
[[Special:Contributions/Ral315, there are no such things as souls.|c
*************************** 13. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050918012859
       rc_ip: 71.107.168.17
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:Curpsbot-unicodify is a
stupid name.|Curpsbot-unicodify is a stupid name.]] ([[User
talk:Curpsbot-unicodify is a stupid name.|Talk]] |
[[Special:Contributions/Curpsbot-unicodify is a stupid name.|contribs]])
*************************** 14. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050918013103
       rc_ip: 71.107.168.17
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:Phroziac, you also have
a stupid name.|Phroziac, you also have a stupid name.]] ([[User
talk:Phroziac, you also have a stupid name.|Talk]] |
[[Special:Contributions/Phroziac, you also have a stupid name.|contribs]])
*************************** 15. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050918013609
       rc_ip: 71.107.168.17
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user
[[User:ThereasongivenforWikibrah'sblockis"Personal attacks on talk
page|ThereasongivenforWikibrah'sblockis"Personal attacks on talk page]]
([[User talk:ThereasongivenforWikibrah'sblockis"Personal attacks on talk
page|Talk]] | [[
*************************** 16. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050918013735
       rc_ip: 71.107.168.17
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:Removeimagetobedeleted
as per WP CSD and User talk Jimbo Wales|Removeimagetobedeleted as per WP
CSD and User talk Jimbo Wales]] ([[User talk:Removeimagetobedeleted as
per WP CSD and User talk Jimbo Wales|Talk]] | [[Specia
*************************** 17. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050916005702
       rc_ip: 71.107.171.89
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:░|░]] ([[User
talk:░|Talk]] | [[Special:Contributions/░|contribs]])
*************************** 18. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050916032451
       rc_ip: 71.107.171.89
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user
[[User:JarlaxleArtem¡s|JarlaxleArtem¡s]] ([[User
talk:JarlaxleArtem¡s|Talk]] |
[[Special:Contributions/JarlaxleArtem¡s|contribs]])
*************************** 19. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050916033001
       rc_ip: 71.107.171.89
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:|]] ([[User talk:|Talk]]
| [[Special:Contributions/|contribs]])
*************************** 20. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050916035835
       rc_ip: 71.107.171.89
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:|]] ([[User talk:|Talk]]
| [[Special:Contributions/|contribs]])
*************************** 21. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050916040657
       rc_ip: 71.107.171.89
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:⅝|⅝]] ([[User
talk:⅝|Talk]] | [[Special:Contributions/⅝|contribs]])
*************************** 22. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050916043237
       rc_ip: 71.107.171.89
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:Psychοnaut|Psychοnaut]]
([[User talk:Psychοnaut|Talk]] |
[[Special:Contributions/Psychοnaut|contribs]])
*************************** 23. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050917014732
       rc_ip: 71.107.172.236
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:! !
!WhyisLinuxbeaksoverygay?Noonecansay,except helikestoeat hay|! !
!WhyisLinuxbeaksoverygay?Noonecansay,except helikestoeat hay]] ([[User
talk:! ! !WhyisLinuxbeaksoverygay?Noonecansay,except helikestoeat
hay|Talk]] | [[
*************************** 24. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050917014909
       rc_ip: 71.107.172.236
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:! ! ! ! ! ! !
Linuxbeak's e-mail is linuxbeak1@hotmail.com|! ! ! ! ! ! ! Linuxbeak's
e-mail is linuxbeak1@hotmail.com]] ([[User talk:! ! ! ! ! ! !
Linuxbeak's e-mail is linuxbeak1@hotmail.com|Talk]] | [[Special:Contributi
*************************** 25. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050917015040
       rc_ip: 71.107.172.236
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:! ! ! ! ! ! !
Linuxbeak's AIM is linuxbeak1@hotmail.com|! ! ! ! ! ! ! Linuxbeak's AIM
is linuxbeak1@hotmail.com]] ([[User talk:! ! ! ! ! ! ! Linuxbeak's AIM
is linuxbeak1@hotmail.com|Talk]] | [[Special:Contributions/! ! !
*************************** 26. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050917015321
       rc_ip: 71.107.172.236
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:! ! ! ! ! ! !
Linuxbeak's AIM is actually linuxbeak1|! ! ! ! ! ! ! Linuxbeak's AIM is
actually linuxbeak1]] ([[User talk:! ! ! ! ! ! ! Linuxbeak's AIM is
actually linuxbeak1|Talk]] | [[Special:Contributions/! ! ! ! ! ! !
*************************** 27. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050917020336
       rc_ip: 71.107.172.236
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:! ! ! ! ! ! Linuxbeak's
personal email is alexschenck@gmail.com|! ! ! ! ! ! Linuxbeak's personal
email is alexschenck@gmail.com]] ([[User talk:! ! ! ! ! ! Linuxbeak's
personal email is alexschenck@gmail.com|Talk]] | [[Spe
*************************** 28. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050917020817
       rc_ip: 71.107.172.236
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:! ! ! Search for "forum
americasarmy com Alex Schenck" on Google|! ! ! Search for "forum
americasarmy com Alex Schenck" on Google]] ([[User talk:! ! ! Search for
"forum americasarmy com Alex Schenck" on Google|Talk]] | [[
*************************** 29. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050917021721
       rc_ip: 71.107.172.236
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:! ! !Google
"America'sArmyForumIndexViewingprofileAlexSchenck"|! ! !Google
"America'sArmyForumIndexViewingprofileAlexSchenck"]] ([[User talk:! !
!Google "America'sArmyForumIndexViewingprofileAlexSchenck"|Talk]] | [[Specia
*************************** 30. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050917022137
       rc_ip: 71.107.172.236
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Google "Alex Schenck" and click 1st link|! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Google
"Alex Schenck" and click 1st link]] ([[User talk:! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Google "Alex Schenck" and click 1st link|Talk]] | [[
*************************** 31. row ***************************
rc_timestamp: 20050917022444
       rc_ip: 71.107.172.236
  rc_comment: newusers: Created the user [[User:! ! ! ! ! !'m Linuxbeak!
I like to fuck trees!|! ! ! ! ! !'m Linuxbeak! I like to fuck trees!]]
([[User talk:! ! ! ! ! !'m Linuxbeak! I like to fuck trees!|Talk]] |
[[Special:Contributions/! ! ! ! ! !'m Linuxbeak! I like
31 rows in set (0.01 sec)

Host masks
RIPE gives no information on the above-listed anonymous IPs.

See also