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GABgab 14:29, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

 Answered -Ad Orientem (talk) 23:42, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

Article protection[edit]

Hey AO, can you protect Dua Lipa discography? An IP that's changed a few times has been removing content since at least October 21 with no explanation given. They've been reverted by another editor and it's getting annoying to have to revert over and over. Thanks! Ss112 15:33, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

Protected x 1 month. -Ad Orientem (talk) 15:52, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for that. Also, can you look at the history of Girls Like You and see if you think it needs protecting again? As it's still the #1 song in America at the moment it's subject to a high amount of traffic and looks like vandalism. Ss112 19:34, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
Protected x 2 months. -Ad Orientem (talk) 20:12, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

Jimmy everett[edit]

Hello Ad Orientem. Both Jimmy everettt and Jimmy everetttt are CU-confirmed Nsmutte socks doing a joe-job on Jimmy everett who is not Nsmutte, so I'd like to ask you to revisit this block. Thanks. -- zzuuzz (talk) 07:14, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

 Done -Ad Orientem (talk) 11:38, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – November 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (October 2018).

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • Partial blocks is now available for testing on the Test Wikipedia. The new functionality allows you to block users from editing specific pages. Bugs may exist and can be reported on the local talk page or on Meta. A discussion regarding deployment to English Wikipedia will be started by community liaisons sometime in the near future.
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  • The 2019 Community Wishlist Survey is now accepting new proposals until November 11, 2018. The results of this survey will determine what software the Wikimedia Foundation's Community Tech team will work on next year. Voting on the proposals will take place from November 16 to November 30, 2018. Specifically, there is a proposal category for admins and stewards that may be of interest.


  • Eligible editors will be invited to nominate themselves as candidates in the 2018 Arbitration Committee Elections starting on November 4 until November 13. Voting will begin on November 19 and last until December 2.
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PeopleEater143 sock[edit]

Hey AO, looks like we have PeopleEater143 block evading using another Pennsylvania-based IP, 2600:387:3:801:0:0:0:A5 on Caution (Mariah Carey album). Characteristic snark and criticism of whoever wrote the article's grammar. Definitely them. Do you think the article warrants protection yet as a sock target? I understand if not, but I thought maybe it might warrant protection only for a short term. Ss112 18:23, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

@Ss112 Do you see anything in the last 5 days in this range that you think is not PeopleEater143? -Ad Orientem (talk) 18:41, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, there seems to be quite a bit they wouldn't be interested in. But the edits to Interstate Gospel and Am I a Girl? are definitely them as well, being recent pop music articles. Ss112 18:59, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
Ok, that precludes a range block for the time being. They may be using a public connection. Possibly a school or library. I will block the specific IP's for now. -Ad Orientem (talk) 19:19, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
Blocked the two IPs x 1 month. -Ad Orientem (talk) 19:22, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

Editor doesn't understand not to remove maintenance templates[edit]

Hey AO. There's an editor by the name of Wells.grace who has contributed substantitally to the article Shatta Wale. The article reads like one big puff piece and there's still quite a bit to bring it line with an encyclopedic tone and the Manual of Style, yet this editor feels slighted because they're a fan of the rapper (which explains the glowing tone of the article). I've warned them twice now for removing maintenance templates and they have removed them twice. Can you maybe drop them a line about it? This time I'm not even sure they'll listen to you—I just think they'll keep removing them until a final warning has to be given. Ss112 18:56, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

 Done -Ad Orientem (talk) 19:08, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

Surely not appropriate content for a user page?[edit]

Just came across an editor by the name of Johannes275 who has this charming user page that reads like a load of vandalism garbage written by a hyperactive teenager. What's your take on it? Ss112 18:56, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Nominated for CSD and a caution left on their talk page. -Ad Orientem (talk) 19:25, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Johannes275 here. Very sorry, but that has been deleted. I apologize for any inconvenience. I am not a hyperactive teenager; I wish to contribute to Wikipedia as best I can. I do not tolerate vandalism, and I deeply regret having put that as my user page.

@Johannes275 Fair enough. Thank you for blanking the page. I think that is satisfactory. Happy editing. -Ad Orientem (talk) 19:59, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Block evaders[edit]

Would you be able to protect Caution (Mariah Carey album) and block They've now claimed "I tried to put in an unblock request" on my talk page, although through what account I don't know. Still block evading; they were purely disruptive and edit warring in the past, there's no real coming back from that. Ss112 19:49, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

They've also said "I'm not going to let that bs keep me from editing when my block ended." here, so clearly they intend to stick around, expressing future intentions to continue sockpuppeting. Ss112 19:51, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
Also, found another MariaJaydHicky sock: Urbanjamz—definitely quite similar to their previous socks' usernames, back on pop music articles and removing genres with their second(!) edit. Ss112 20:03, 5 November 2018 (UTC) is getting abusive: [1]. Check out their contributions. This has gone on long enough: Special:Contributions/ They're edit warring with me and being disruptive. Ss112 20:08, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
Not anymore. -Ad Orientem (talk) 20:09, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
Would it be right to ask to protect the articles they were editing? They expressed a clear intention to continue editing on my talk page. Ss112 20:10, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
I've indeffed the MJH sock, and blocked the IP x 1 month and protected the page x 3 months. If the socking continues I will protect additional pages as needed. -Ad Orientem (talk) 20:12, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Please help me[edit]

Moved to User talk:PeopleEater143: Ad Orientem (talk) 20:24, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Disruptive editing by ZRoller[edit]

There is an editor who is adding unsourced or poorly sourced content in articles [2] [3], the editor is also edit-warring in the Tragedy article [4] [5] [6]. TheAmazingPeanuts (talk) 15:36, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Editor warned. -Ad Orientem (talk) 21:51, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Talk page watching permission[edit]

Hi Ad Orientem, i watch some high profile users' talk pages in order to revert vandalism or answer to some questions by newcomers/unexperienced users. Please let me know if you allow me to watch your talk for the above purposes. Cheers.---Wikaviani (talk) (contribs) 21:44, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Wikaviani I have no problem with anyone watching my talk page. Thanks for the courtesy note. -Ad Orientem (talk) 21:46, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Page protection for A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships[edit]

Hey AO, sorry for inundating you with messages today, but could you maybe look into protecting A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships? Several IPs (including one persistent one) is editing against what sources say, refusing to explain their edits, and has been warned. It's an everyday occurrence. Ss112 21:45, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Final Warning issued. This looks like a single IP. We don't typically protect pages from a single user. If the issues continue I may block them. -Ad Orientem (talk) 21:55, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

PeopleEater143 is still block evading despite your proposal for talk page discussion[edit]

Using 2600:387:3:801:0:0:0:B3. That's the exact same IP they used to evade a block in 2017—you can see they edited their old favourite target, List of 2017 albums and several albums in 2017 with their characteristic edit summaries and editing from mobile. They have edited Baby (Clean Bandit song) yet again (page protection needed?). There is no helping them—they are a lost cause. They will just do this over and over. Ss112 23:34, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for closing the discussion. But as we now know they're just going to continue evading, do you think it's worthwhile protecting their latest targets Baby (Clean Bandit song) and What Is Love? (Clean Bandit album)? Ss112 00:13, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
 Done -Ad Orientem (talk) 00:21, 6 November 2018 (UTC)


I was creating some discography redirects earlier and happened to notice that the editor we discussed recently has also created discography redirects, "coincidentally" minutes after I started doing it. What do you think about that? Flooded with them hundreds 13:14, 8 November 2018 (UTC)

@Flooded with them hundreds: I believe you only posted here because you knew I'd see it. I don't even really think you intended this question for AO, who is on vacation. Are you now afraid to refer to me or something? Am I just "the editor"? And no, it's not "coincidence". You yet again move a page I made as a redirect last night (I believe it was "Love Me Better"), so I checked out your contributions and see you're creating discography redirects, and I thought "hey, I might do some of that too". I don't care if you know that because is it against the rules to do? No. Is that hounding in any way? No, because I'm not interacting with you. So what's the problem? But if anything, this just proves that even when I don't interact with you whatsoever, you're still checking up on my contributions—so you've implicated yourself as well in whatever this message is implying. What a silly thing to bother somebody over. Ss112 18:40, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
I wanted to create Lil Xan discography but noticed you had already done it at just around that time so got curious and checked out. Anyways I'm done oofing. Flooded with them hundreds 18:49, 8 November 2018 (UTC)


Hello AO, I read it somewhere that some confirmed editors here on Wikipedia are paid for their services to the organization. How true is it? Thanks. Wells.grace (talk) 14:41, 8 November 2018 (UTC)