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DeltaQuad's Email backlog is currently:

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UTRS for Portuguese Wikipedia

Hello, DeltaQuad. With regards to using UTRS for Portuguese Wikipedia, do you have any news?

We had a discussion on about that and I believe there is clear consensus for using it there instead of the current system. Regards.—Teles «Talk to me˱M @ C S˲» 17:06, 4 April 2016 (UTC)

Hi @Teles:. With TParis back as a developer, I finally have some time to put into this. This will be my single priority with UTRS, so we can actually get this moving and on the road.
Instructions for translators: I will request that any translators create an account at [ Github] so that they can be given the permissions to edit the relevant files. From there, they will need to notify me so I can add them to the translators group. Once I've done that, they can start editing the translation file right on the github website. Also they will need to keep an eye on their email for new updates which will require translation.
Some information on the tool itself: will get it's own database, so it won't be confused or mixed with enwiki's. On the main appeal form there will be the ability to select either ptwiki or enwiki. We'll also have it so that it will default to whatever is pasted in the url like "" or something as such so you can set it to that by default. Any questions in which you have so far?
Courtesy ping @Salvidrim!:. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 19:11, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Hello, Amanda. I've joined GitHub as 'radixwiki'. Thanks, RadiX 01:50, 4 May 2016 (UTC)
Amanda, excellent news! I have notified other sysops so some of them can show interest on helping. My account on Github is 'Lteles'. I can start translating ASAP. Regards.—Teles «Talk to me˱M @ C S˲» 01:54, 4 May 2016 (UTC)
Hi Amanda, good fay, I am also sysop of pt:wikipedia and i've joined GitHub as Le0nsaud. Greetings--Leon saudanha (talk) 13:48, 4 May 2016 (UTC)
@Leon saudanha, Teles, and RadiX: Invites sent, they need you to accept. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 15:45, 4 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks :-) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Leon saudanha (talkcontribs) 13:35, 6 May 2016 (UTC)
Hi Amanda, i have translated te most messages of UTRS, but in time to save I think I just accidentally merge the ancient version of script with the version translated... do you can correct this?--Leon saudanha (talk) 14:27, 8 May 2016 (UTC)
  • I am translating the file. Can you explain what is the meaning of "Revealed this appeals email" and similar messages? I am stuck on these ones. Thanks!—Teles «Talk to me˱M @ C S˲» 18:40, 2 June 2016 (UTC)
    • Emails are hidden from normal tool users because that information is private. Checkusers and developers have an ability to unhide that information if it's needed for CU or administrative purposes.--v/r - TP 18:43, 2 June 2016 (UTC)
@TParis: thanks! It is that the phrase doesn't seem to make sense for me. Could you please write the phrase in other words?—Teles «Talk to me˱M @ C S˲» 20:14, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
How about "accessed the hidden e-mail address from which the appeal was sent"?  · Salvidrim! ·  20:22, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
@Salvidrim!: Got it! Thanks!—Teles «Talk to me˱M @ C S˲» 20:36, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
  • @Teles: Would you be able to pass on the following message to the ptwiki community to keep them updated?

Hi ptwikipedia, I wanted to give you an update as a community of where we are at with making UTRS availible for ptwiki. We have made some large strides in the past few months, but indeed we have meany more to make. As soon as the translations are done for the relevant file I will be able to show you what the appeal form (from the blocked users point of view) will be like. I'm excited for that to happen.

There are still many files that need to be prepared for translation and I'm working on those. As of this moment, there are 50 messages to be translated, many of which came from updates made in the past 24 hours. We also have a working list of bugs that need to be addressed for you guys to be able to have your own version. These pages are updated dynamically.

While the translations are not yet availible on the beta interface, it is availible to play around with if you wish. You can't break anything there, or if you can, it's the developer's fault.

As for the design, ptwikipedia will have it's own database, using the same links that enwikipedia uses. The configuration that determines which language you get will be provided through a cookie. With the databases seperate, you will not be able to see each other's appeals, so there will be no confusion.

If you do have any questions or requests for features, please do let Teles know, who can pass them on to @Salvidrim!: - Your tool Ambassador.

— -- Amanda (aka DQ) 10:24, 8 June 2016 (UTC)
Message sent.—Teles «Talk to me˱M @ C S˲» 04:58, 16 June 2016 (UTC)

Bot-reported UAA

I saw there was a backlog at UAA, so thought I might contribute. I blocked User:Homoz and then re-read the instructions. They say "Wait until the user edits. Do not report a user that hasn't edited unless they are clearly a vandal. We do not want to welcome productive editors with a report at UAA. Nor do we want to waste our time dealing with accounts that may never be used." Homoz hadn't edited yet; should the bot be reporting such accounts pre-emptively? Fences&Windows 10:15, 18 June 2016 (UTC)

@Fences and windows: Interesting, I had never read that subpage before. I understand that waiting until the user edits would also reduce the number of reports coming in. At the same time though, I stay back from trying to get myself involved in interpation of policies and best practices surrounding UAA/UPol. So with that, I'll ask that you seek a brief consensus of the people who watch the noticeboard, and then if that is fruitful, I'll need some time to code it in to the bot. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 05:28, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

Bambifan101 active? enWS getting Disney shite

Hiya. Hope all is well with you.

At enWS we are getting Disney type IP edits, and I was wondering whether Bambifan101 was active again? Or whether there was another PITA editing away similarly, of whom you may be aware? Examples are

etc. s:Special:Log/delete. And that doesn't show much at the specific IPs (one edit), I will hazard a guess that there are other edits in the range, though they are big ranges, and presumably busy locally. If there is any intelligence that is available publicly, or can be public, I would appreciate the help so I can shut it down more gently. If email is better for you, you know where I am. Thanks. — billinghurst sDrewth 00:19, 11 July 2016 (UTC)

IP claiming to be blocked user BuickCenturyDriver

Hello! I recently came across (talk), who is claiming to be BuickCenturyDriver (talk · contribs · logs · block log) (example), an editor you indeffed in March for socking. Care to extend the block? Also, he's cast several votes at AFD; what's the proper procedure for those? Striking through? Outright removal? Thanks. Rebbing 11:41, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

(tps) Just one point of clarification: BCD has been indef-blocked since March of 2013. ​—DoRD (talk)​ 11:53, 28 September 2016 (UTC)
I stand corrected; I just looked at the top of the block log. Also, I see there is an SPI file for BCD. Should I take this there? I'm not clear about the proper protocol for sock IPs. Rebbing 12:14, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

ACC for zhwiki

Hi DeltaQuad! Some zhwiki sysops and I am quite interested in using waca for our account creation procedures. Currently we are using our unblock mailing list, but due to the Firewall the requests are becoming overwhelming. Moreover, being able to get the requests' source address would mean we can give out ipblock-exempt more appropriately.

So would you think it's better for us to piggyback onto (if that's possible after all), or to spend some time and create our own portal? Thanks! Jimmy Xu (talk) 20:21, 10 October 2016 (UTC)

@Jimmy Xu: I'm sorry for the delay on responding to you on this. I read it and some reason it did not register in my head. A lot of the answer to your question depends on if you are looking for it for people who need accounts, people who already have accounts, or both. Cause there are two different softwares used here to achieve that. @Stwalkerster and FastLizard4: informational ping only -- Amanda (aka DQ) 06:53, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

Indic scripts in Indian articles

Hello! I was looking through the history of WP:INDICSCRIPT and found that you were extensively involved in its creation as evident from here. I started this section on India's talk page and made the concerned change to the article some time back. But User Tiger7253 hasn't stopped reverting those edits and we've kind of been in an edit war ever since (it's been around 20 days). I believe I was right in interpreting WP:INDICSCRIPT and removing the IAST from the infobox. Could you please intervene and give your opinion there? - Nirinsanity (talk) 15:47, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

Block of

Could you disable talk page access for this range as well? Thank you. Sro23 (talk) 19:51, 13 November 2016 (UTC)

DQBot reporting bots at UAA

Your bot just reported a username, "BacDiveBot", as a possible {{uw-botublock}} situation, but I declined the report because it's an approved bot. Just curious, could you instruct your bot to ignore "bot" usernames for a few days after they're registered, and then to ignore them if Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/USERNAME exists? Of course, this is a minor and low-priority matter, and the occasional false positive like BacDiveBot isn't a problem; it's just a minor feature enhancement that I'm requesting. Nyttend (talk) 19:06, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Usernames for administrator attention/Bot

Hi DeltaQuad, can you adjust your bot to leave the noindex alone here? (e.g. Special:Diff/754654379). — xaosflux Talk 21:24, 13 December 2016 (UTC)

Ran out of time tonight dealing with other administrative tasks and bloody messes. I'll try and get this tomorrow night. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 09:19, 14 December 2016 (UTC)


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Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/ MusenInvincible

So, someone comes right out and admits that they are MEAT, and there is insufficient evidence? MEAT is not part of SOCK? Oy veh. Jytdog (talk) 08:06, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

To call them a sockpuppet. Meatpuppet is obviously a different story. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 08:16, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
yep, which is why i wrote this. SPI doesn't deal with MEAT? Jytdog (talk) 08:40, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

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SPI follow up

Based on your CU findings in this SPI, could I get you to actually block the editor in question? I know this is usually a clerical function, but I don't think the clerks have noticed. (It's been a full day, quite a bit longer than it usually takes for a block based on CU results). Because the case has been open for so long, it looks on this SPI main page like a case where CU didn't turn up anything. Thanks in advance. Sir Sputnik (talk) 04:02, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2017-03

23:24, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

File permission problem with File:Karen Mok (...)

Original header shortened to fix stretched TOC: "File permission problem with File:Karen Mok (莫文蔚) at the TV show "The Singing Battle (天籁之战)" on 31 Oct 2016.jpg"  · Salvidrim! ·  14:49, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Copy from other page

Thanks for uploading File:Karen Mok (莫文蔚) at the TV show "The Singing Battle (天籁之战)" on 31 Oct 2016.jpg. I noticed that while you provided a valid copyright licensing tag, there is no proof that the creator of the file has agreed to release it under the given license.

If you are the copyright holder for this media entirely yourself but have previously published it elsewhere (especially online), please either

  • make a note permitting reuse under the CC-BY-SA or another acceptable free license (see this list) at the site of the original publication; or
  • Send an email from an address associated with the original publication to, stating your ownership of the material and your intention to publish it under a free license. You can find a sample permission letter here. If you take this step, add {{OTRS pending}} to the file description page to prevent premature deletion.

If you did not create it entirely yourself, please ask the person who created the file to take one of the two steps listed above, or if the owner of the file has already given their permission to you via email, please forward that email to

If you believe the media meets the criteria at Wikipedia:Non-free content, use a tag such as {{non-free fair use}} or one of the other tags listed at Wikipedia:File copyright tags#Fair use, and add a rationale justifying the file's use on the article or articles where it is included. See Wikipedia:File copyright tags for the full list of copyright tags that you can use.

If you have uploaded other files, consider checking that you have provided evidence that their copyright owners have agreed to license their works under the tags you supplied, too. You can find a list of files you have created in your upload log. Files lacking evidence of permission may be deleted one week after they have been tagged, as described on criteria for speedy deletion. You may wish to read Wikipedia's image use policy. If you have any questions please ask them at the Media copyright questions page. Thank you. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 15:45, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

thanks, I had Christo send the required email many weeks ago and I believe it was confirmed by the one who entered the same type of comment as you did on my talk page. Can you please check and confirm? Many thanks Jaeljojo (talk) 16:21, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
Do you have a ticket number I can search by? Without that, it's a needle in a haystack to find. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 16:36, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

File permission problem with File:Thora Birch - Konerko.png

Hi Amanda! I just emailed <> with permissions. Can you confirm receipt and remove the appropriate delete notices? Thank you! Donmike10 (talk) 17:50, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

I do see your ticket #2017011710014938, for your tracking purposes. It will require more information in which I will reply to at some point today. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 19:44, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
Sounds good, Amanda. Just keep me posted and I'll give whatever. Donmike10 (talk) 19:55, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

File permission problem with File:Jackmayphot.jpg

Hi! I received your message about Jackmayphot.jpg on my talk page. A month ago, the owner of the photograph sent the permission (that's why I placed the template "OTRS pending"). The owner used the online form that was available for this purpose. Have you not received it? If not, tell me and I will tell the owner of the picture to send an email to I await your response!--Ane wiki (talk) 21:42, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

I emptied the queue earlier today, and nothing has been received at that address that is tied to the image you uploaded. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 21:54, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
Hi, thanks for your response. I will ask the owner of the photograph to re-send the permission, but this must be send to, or to Anyway, the permission is not going to come from the account associated with the photograph, because the owner of the photograph is a third person who has not participated in the making of the article in which the photo was used. Do you need to know what that mail is? Or can you locate the permission by the name of the photograph? Thank you!--Ane wiki (talk) 07:38, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
I go through new incoming emails daily, and while I don't process them right away, i'll often find the image and tag it with permission pending from the email. So if it is sent to, then I will receive it and you'll see the tag change. If you wish to track the email, either the system will reply automatically with a ticket number, or I will post that ticket number to the image. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 17:26, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks! Please, if you can post the ticket number into the image, I will thank you :) --Ane wiki (talk) 05:40, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

This exchange

seems slightly worrying? O Fortuna!...Imperatrix mundi. 16:14, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Antony1821

Could explain your closure of the 5 December 2016 report in this case in a little more detail? Particularly as to why no action was taken? Given the available evidence, I genuinely don't understand how you can conclude that Antonios1994 is not a sockpuppet. Thank you. Sir Sputnik (talk) 17:40, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

A sockpuppet, possibly. Antony1821, there is insufficient evidence presented to link them. Of your evidence, point 2 & 5 are valid. I am just not willing to block on those alone. You need direct connections from your SSP to previous blocked socks. That said, trying to read over your statement of the fact you think something is two different sockmasters confused me (and still does), and I thought you were claiming that this wasn't Antony. Also as you can see I ran further CUs below after, there was no crossover from that account into Antony's range(s). -- Amanda (aka DQ) 18:03, 21 January 2017 (UTC)
May I ask why you consider the other points invalid, particularly point 1. The choice of username is an expression of identity. That seems important for sockpuppet investigations. From my perspective, we've got an editor, who, by their own admission, has used multiple accounts, has chosen basically the same username as a confirmed sockpuppet of a banned editor (User:Antony1994), has the same peculiar writing style as that editor, has the same general interest as that editor (Greek football), has repeated a number of particular edits made by that editor, and has repeated the disruptive behaviour, namely uploading copyrighted images, which is what got that editor blocked (see 1, 2, 3). That's too much overlap to just happen by coincidence.
All that being said, there were a number of CU checks run while this account was active, so it begs the question why was this not discovered that way? This brings me to the two masters point. My claim is that User:Platanias25 is a new sockmaster, not a sock of Antony1821, and that all subsequently blocked socks were operated by this person. Take a look at this case. CU evidence confirms that someone has used multiple accounts to conduct an edit war, so the blocks are clearly appropriate. However, CU evidence provides no link to Antonty1821 and no behavioural evidence was presented to link the two either. All subsequent socks have been blocked based either on behavioural evidence linking them to these accounts or CheckUser evidence, which goes no further back than Platanias25, since all previous accounts are stale. These socks have shown a marked change in behaviour. None of them have uploaded images, copyrighted or otherwise. There is a new interest in the finance sector. Perhaps most strikingly, these socks have moved away from editing only subjects with strong national ties to Greece. Given the lack of evidence and change behaviour, I submit that this is a different case. Sir Sputnik (talk) 19:27, 21 January 2017 (UTC)
The connection to the previous account of A1994 was not a connection I had made, now that I've made it, I find points 3 & 4 valid. I still reject the notion of point #1 though, because in my experience, I have editors who have pointed the finger because of similar name, and similar topic area and been completely out to lunch on the connection. So the name by itself, I don't count, and I count other cross-over behaviors separately. If you need to, chalk it up to just how I think.
That said, if I accept your notion that Platanias25 is the split, then I have to conclude that A1994 would also be a shoot off. I've looked at the CU logs, and the before and after of that SPI you mentioned, everything is still within the same smaller country, and has overlaps of ISPs, but not ranges, just like A1994 does. And we often see sock development to new articles/change topic areas as a way to throw us off as they find they are too quickly blocked in the areas they are known, but can't help to maintain some tie to them. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 17:08, 22 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for the follow up. That being said your explanation raises some other questions about how CheckUser actually works. (I appreciate I might be asking questions that you're not allowed to answer). How is it that your able to review technical evidence now, but when Platanias25 was first report the master account was stale? Given that I'm applying for clerkship that seems like something should know. Thanks. Sir Sputnik (talk) 17:47, 24 January 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-04

20:15, 23 January 2017 (UTC)

Block evasion by using static IP address

Hello. This IP is a disruptive and nationalist pov-pusher (cross wiki). His behavior is very similar to Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/EMr KnG and some other sockmasters (I forgot their usernames). Since this is not a dynamic IP, is it possible to submit a SPI case for him or check if this IP is related to a specific blocked user? --Wario-Man (talk) 13:49, 24 January 2017 (UTC)

It really does look like a dynamic IP since 1) there are no edits since yesterday and 2) edits only start the 22 Jan. That said the checkuser (and other similiar) policies prohibits me from connecting ip addresses to accounts, except in extreme cases of abuse. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 14:06, 24 January 2017 (UTC)
I think he's EMr KnG's ip-sock. His comments and edits on Khanate of Sibir, Nogai Horde, Khanate of Bukhara and Khanate of Kokand are very similar to EMr KnG's nationalist POV-pushing. Isn't it similar to WP:DUCK cases? --Wario-Man (talk) 15:40, 25 January 2017 (UTC)
@Wario-Man: Yes, I have blocked it as such. That said, you also could be blocked for violating the sockpuppetry policy. I find it extremely inappropriate, besides hypocritical, for someone to be violating the policy they want enforced. This is your warning to cease doing so. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 18:56, 25 January 2017 (UTC)

Stewie Speer

Hi! I saw that you deleted Stewie Speer – about time! Can I ask, did someone else nominate it as G12, or did you make that call yourself? I ask because (and you may already know this) this is just one of several articles with similar problems. Unfortunately this was all a long time ago and my mind's a near-total blank, but I think the editor is called Dunks, perhaps Dunks58, and the website is milesago. I think I suggested, some time in the late Palaeolithic, that a CCI might be needed if OTRS permission didn't come through. Do you have any thoughts on that now? Regards, Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 22:19, 25 January 2017 (UTC)

Made the call myself. I saw it in OTRS pending verification category. The user is User:Dunks58. I'm not aware of the other articles, so I'm not sure if a CCI is needed. I don't remember seeing other OTRS tickets, either, but if needed I can dig. So let me know how I can help. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 04:10, 26 January 2017 (UTC)
OK, thanks for that. I'll go ahead and make the CCI request, as was discussed only last year at Talk:Split Enz#Copyright violation (I'd thought it was ages ago). It seems that a request to Dunks58 for a clearer statement of permission went unanswered (Ticket #2016081910002945). Regards, Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 11:55, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-05

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Tried again, this time I didn't get past OAuth but got:Notice: A session had already been started - ignoring session_start() in /usr/UTRSgit/utrs/public_html/src/oauth.php on line 198

Notice: Undefined index: password in /usr/UTRSgit/utrs/public_html/src/userObject.php on line 68

Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'UTRSDatabaseException' with message 'A database error occured when attempting to process your request:
array ( 0 => '23000', 1 => 1062, 2 => 'Duplicate entry \'\' for key \'email\, )' in /usr/UTRSgit/utrs/public_html/src/userObject.php:110 Stack trace: #0 /usr/UTRSgit/utrs/public_html/src/userObject.php(81): UTRSUser->insert() #1 /usr/UTRSgit/utrs/public_html/login.php(187): UTRSUser->__construct(Array, false, Array) #2 {main} thrown in /usr/UTRSgit/utrs/public_html/src/userObject.php on line 110

Doug Weller talk 21:14, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

Related to your block of 2602:306:36d5:5690::/64

I thought it was strange that the first edit by a user (contributions) was to apply a block notice. I also found it weird that they welcomed themself. Not sure if this has anything to do with those blocks (Oshwah has also blocked 2602:306:36d5:5690::/64), but I thought I'd draw your attention to it, because you might have some insight. Best Regards, — Godsy (TALKCONT) 01:39, 4 February 2017 (UTC)

SPI that was not fully thought-through

Hey, could you take a look at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Chrisanthi Likousi?

I opened an SPI when I saw that a new account was obviously a sock of a recently blocked account, but didn't notice that the "main account" had also been CU-blocked as a member of a massive sockfarm, and the only way I was able to find out who the actual sockmaster was was by checking "What links here" on the "master's" user page.

The new account is almost certainly also a sock of Ψάλ, but I don't know how to merge the two SPIs, or even if that would be the appropriate action.

Hijiri 88 (やや) 01:30, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) Hi Hijiri88,
You can't merge SPI reports. I believe that they can be merged, moved etc by CheckUsers, Clerks etc if they deem that necessary. I hope this helps.--5 albert square (talk) 14:22, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-06

19:46, 6 February 2017 (UTC)


What is the purpose of Template:Sock-copyvio, and what is the correct use of the first positional parameter? There is no documentation. The template is used on the strangely-named Category:Suspected Wikipedia sockpuppets of Commons:Category:Sockpuppets of Principe Enthony Stark, where the effect is to put the category inside itself. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 20:22, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

@Redrose64: It was very much a hacked attempt to modify {{sock}} for the situation at hand. It's to notify and group users that have been tagged with the group and identify who the original master was. In this case, there was no English Wikipedia account with the same name as the globally known sockmaster, so that's why I redirected it to the commons category. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 22:56, 14 February 2017 (UTC)
OK, but did it need to use such a convoluted category name, or even put the category inside itself? --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 01:23, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
Did it need to, not really, it was just convenient on a day where I had CU requests for over 12 hours with 119 individual checks (not requests). -- Amanda (aka DQ) 02:07, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
I agree the category name should be simplified. ~ Rob13Talk 03:43, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
@Redrose64: I've fixed the issue. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 23:55, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

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Protection racket?

Hello, my periodic search for links brought me to this article, which brought me to this AfD that was submitted by a soldier in a sockpuppet army. The idea of a pay-or-your-article-gets-deleted protection racket, alleged by the connected editor,[20] is interesting. I looked at some of the sockpuppet army's activities, and the claim seems at least plausible. Many of the socks, as new accounts, just add references to articles and/or submit AfDs. Since you are familiar with the SPI, did anything stick out to you? The connected editor offered to submit evidence about the protection scheme. Since we are talking about a potential crime (I think?), should I suggest to the editor that he contact WMF directly? Or would it be more suitable if arbcom, or you individually, reviewed the evidence and, if needed, communicated with WMF? Manul ~ talk 20:04, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) @Manul: I don't know if Delta will agree, but from my perspective, this would need to go to one of the Foundation's channels, possibly legal, for them to have the relevant authorities look into it. This is just the two cents of a less experienced / less knowledgable editor, but I'm pretty sure that when your issue passes the 'crime' threshold, you are beyond the 'content' matters normally handled by Arbs. MM ('"HURRRR?) (Hmmmmm.) 17:03, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Arbcom doesn't just handle formal arbitration cases; it also looks at cases involving private information whose details cannot be discussed publicly. The people in this "protection" business (if it exists) could claim that they are simply offering a service to clients while helping Wikipedia cull articles on non-notable topics. It may not be a crime after all, but just another paid-editing problem. (@MM: FYI, pings only work if there is a signature in the same edit.) Manul ~ talk 18:02, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
I see @Manul: My bad. I'll shut up and leave it for DQ to cover. MM ('"HURRRR?) (Hmmmmm.) 18:12, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
  • If you believe that a crime has been committed, I'd point you directly to the WMF Legal Team. As for the original case, I was requested to do a third opinion on a checkuser and assist. So I don't have much details about the original issues either. Obviously proper education of people that they do not need to pay for anything on Wikipedia and the blocking of editors intending to disrupt the encyclopedia are always best practices in these cases. If you wish I can notify the originating CUs. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 22:52, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-07

18:06, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

2602:306:3770:0:0:0:0:0/44 rangeblock

Do you think it's long enough? It's been crapping on us since the beginning of December. --jpgordon𝄢𝄆 𝄐𝄇 07:20, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

@Jpgordon: My block was only to stop the immediate issues with the range so we could get some rest. I wasn't planning on a regular length block on the range to begin with due to excessive collateral. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 06:17, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Colmar – Meyenheim Air Base

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ACC Access Request

Hi DQ,

I accidentally submitted a request for an ACC account. If you could remove it, that would be great!

Thanks, TJH2018talk 21:31, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

@TJH2018: Your request to join ACC has been rejected per your request. Happy editing, FastLizard4 (talkcontribs) 22:43, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Question about a checkuserblock of yours

... being asked here. No opinion and don't care myself, but since they are asking for your opinion as the blocking admin, relaying. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 15:56, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

@Jo-Jo Eumerus: I've replied at their talkpage, but I won't be replying to their further queries. They have been a major timesink and refute every accusation till the end even when provided direct evidence. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 19:06, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-08

19:25, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Magioladitis/Proposed decision

You seem to have removed other editors’ comments, in your last edit to Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Magioladitis/Proposed decision.--JohnBlackburnewordsdeeds 09:41, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for noticing. I have restored. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 09:48, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

Your feedback matters: Final reminder to take the global Wikimedia survey

UTRS appeal #17595

Replied. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 19:42, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

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A user you have blocked has opened UTRS appeal #17595 on the Unblock Ticket Request System. The reviewing administrator, Just Chilling (talk · contribs), has requested your input:

Erictleung (block logactive blocksglobal blocksautoblockscontribsdeleted contribsabuse filter logcreation logchange block settingsunblockcheckuser (log))

Time: Feb 23, 2017 13:05:45

Message: Hi, I am not seeing an immediate reason for them not having access to their talk page. Are you OK if I restore access so that they can appeal thereif they wish?


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Hi. My IP is; I really don't care about making this public information. From my understanding, you believe that Nickusa1 and I are the same individual given that we edit from the same IP, which is shared by 4 people in 1 house. Can you please tell me what other evidence you're basing this accusation on? Seppi333 (Insert ) 01:13, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

I'm asking you this because if my IP is not indefinitely hard blocked, there's a high likelihood that my roommate is going to do something stupid again once the block expires; this means I'm going to have to deal with more suspicion of sockpuppetry in the future. This needs to be resolved now so that I don't need to continue dealing with accusations of sockpuppetry when a block of my IP is warranted. Seppi333 (Insert ) 01:17, 27 February 2017 (UTC)
CC: Seppi333 Hi DQ. Thanks for your communication earlier. Like Seppi I'm concerned to resolve this situation so as to remove any doubt, as far as that is possible. This is not a time sensitive issue since the IP is blocked until late next month. But I would like to figure out a way to proceed that as far as practicable will protect Seppi from any future taint by his roommates potential actions. Indefinite blocks of IPs are pretty much not done, but I was thinking of possibly a long term block of at least a year. Anyway, I gather you are busier than a one legged man in an Olympic track meet so no rush. Just ping both of us when you get time to respond. Thanks again. -Ad Orientem (talk) 01:45, 27 February 2017 (UTC)
Ok, lets take a step back here for a minute. To be clear, in my communication from Ad Orientem, I used the wording "from a checkusers perspective, they are almost confirmed" and in my first email only asked for information. I have not at any point made the accusation that you were a sock of the vandal. Once I was done chatting with Ad Orientem, my next step was to contact you, but I hadn't had a chance to get that far. The reason I contacted Ad Orientem first, was in case there was a privacy concern, then I wouldn't of had to contact or worry you at all. I hadn't had a chance to reply to Ad Orientem's second email till now, which since it's here, I will reply here.
So now on to the issue at hand. Normally for checkusers, using the same IP is confirmed enough in itself. It's not absolute though. There is something that distinguishes you separately from them at the moment, so I'm not accusing you of being the same person, but that's only my opinion. Your home IP has already changed and appears to change frequenly enough. Your roommate has also started socking too (see Kickusa (talk · contribs)). There is nothing anyone can do to completely prevent you from receiving an allegation, and therefore increased scrutiny. Since your edit count is so high, benefit of the doubt is usually given first, so you will likely be contacted before sanctions. That will give you the chance to explain and point here. Just make sure you know the sockpuppetry policy, and maintain a link to this discussion. I think that's the best advice I can give. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 00:01, 1 March 2017 (UTC)
Amanda, thanks for your response which helps clear things up. From what I am seeing it doesn't sound like there is very much more we can do. I am just going to leave the IP block exemption in place until Seppi changes his domicile. Thanks again... -Ad Orientem (talk) 00:58, 1 March 2017 (UTC)
Hmm. You're right, my IP address does appear to be changing. Almost all of my edits from 2013-January 2015 were made from a static IP that was based in Chapel Hill, NC. I'm editing from when logged out now. In any event, what you've proposed sounds reasonable given the circumstances. I suppose that I could at least provide my new IP address every time it changes so that you or others can monitor it (although, since you are a checkuser, you probably could also just as easily look this up based upon what IP address I'm using when I make a series of edits[1] to an article). I have no alternative accounts and I very very rarely make edits while logged out, so even hard blocking the IP that I edit from would have no effect on my ability to edit Wikipedia so long as my account retains the IP block exempt user right.
[1] If I make a single edit during an individual editing session, it's possible that I made that edit from from my iPhone. I seldom make back-to-back edits from a mobile device because of how long it takes me to type on them relative to editing from my laptop, which I leave at home.
It really irritates me that my roommate is putting me in this situation, so I have no reservations about regularly providing updates on my current IP address if you think it would be prudent to place short-term (i.e., perhaps 1 week? I don't know the frequency at which my IP changes, but I could monitor this) hard blocks on my current IP address. Seppi333 (Insert ) 01:48, 1 March 2017 (UTC)
The best thing to do about your roommate is not to speak with them about the issue, for the same reason that WP:DENY exists. They will eventually get tired of it. I'm not opposed if you want to drop me an email a week or less and keep me updated, I can look through and block anything that needs to be blocked if that's what you wish. You can just drop me an email. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 01:53, 1 March 2017 (UTC)
Providing regular updates on my current IP so that the use of my home network to edit Wikipedia can be monitored or preemptively blocked is really the only thing that I can think of doing which would demonstrate that I'm not engaging in sockpuppetry with multiple accounts. I think it would be reasonable for me to plan on checking my IP address every day or two and informing you when it changes for at least the next two months. If my roommate creates new accounts from any IP address that I'm assigned to during that time, edits while logged out from that IP (I'll make sure not to perform any edits while logged out), or an account other than my user account edits from my current IP, please let me know. I'll continue to do this so long as my roommate is editing Wikipedia. Seppi333 (Insert ) 02:06, 1 March 2017 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── My IP address is still as of right now. I'll update you again in about 1 week if it's the same, or sooner if it changes. Seppi333 (Insert ) 17:52, 6 March 2017 (UTC)

Still the same. Seppi333 (Insert ) 05:49, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
I'm seeing no issues since February 26. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 06:03, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
Still the same. The single edit by that IP from today was me. I'll update you again about two weeks from now unless my IP changes again before then. Seppi333 (Insert ) 21:08, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
Pictogram voting info.svg Note: New IP address: Seppi333 (Insert ) 19:52, 29 March 2017 (UTC)


If there have been no further issues, I think it's more than likely that my roommate has lost interest in continuing to edit Wikipedia for now.
@Ad Orientem: I'm moving to another US state at the end of the month. While I would prefer to keep the IP block exempt user right to avoid situations like this in the future, I'm informing you about this because you consented to giving me that user right only as long as I was living at my current address. Requesting adminship would technically do the same thing for me as that user right, but I just don't want the added responsibilities at the moment. Face-tongue.svg Nonetheless, I'm completely okay with it if you feel the need to remove it come May 1st.
@DQ: Because of my upcoming move, this situation shouldn't be a potential issue for much longer. Seppi333 (Insert ) 13:12, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-09

19:56, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

Rangeblock with talk page access revoked

See Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Incidents#Rangeblock_with_talk_page_access_revoked, wherein I note I upgraded one of your rangeblocks to restrict talk page access, and indicate admins may wish to undo my change. --Yamla (talk) 18:45, 28 February 2017 (UTC)

Replied. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 19:16, 28 February 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – March 2017

News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2017).

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  • A recent query shows that only 16% of administrators on the English Wikipedia have enabled two-factor authentication. If you haven't already enabled it please consider doing so.
  • Cookie blocks should be deployed to the English Wikipedia soon. This will extend the current autoblock system by setting a cookie for each block, which will then autoblock the user after they switch accounts under a new IP.
  • A bot will now automatically place a protection template on protected pages when admins forget to do so.

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Tech News: 2017-10

23:23, 6 March 2017 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Quartier Colonel Dio

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Quartier Colonel Dio you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria. Time2wait.svg This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Krishna Chaitanya Velaga -- Krishna Chaitanya Velaga (talk) 15:02, 8 March 2017 (UTC)

Sounds good, thanks. I'll look into your recommendations this week. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 16:27, 11 March 2017 (UTC)

Was kind of wondering...

...why your bot didn't pick up these two? --QEDK () 19:37, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

@QEDK: The first one I can't explain to well. My suspicion is that an API query timed out on some username (due to high replication lag). Currently there is no build-in Exception handler to either recheck or proceed to the next one, it just terminates the entire run, and continues fresh when it restarts. The second one is not blacklisted, so that would be no fault of the bot's. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 16:36, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
I don't personally mind that it didn't pick them up but was a bit curious concerning they were blatantly bad. Also, was "pussy" dropped from the blacklist due to false-positives or something? --QEDK () 16:58, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
Your welcome to take a look and see. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 17:17, 14 March 2017 (UTC)

IPBE Policy

Before I went and screwed up, we had a concensus that a desire to use VPN shouldn't be a barrier to being granted an IPBE. That consensus still remains. What we lack is agreement on what the new policy should look like. My attempt at drafting a new policy failed miserably and has been withdrawn (with apologies). I was thinking that perhaps you could draft the new policy instead.--*Kat* (talk) 09:02, 11 March 2017 (UTC)

While I appreciate the fact that you have faith in my abilities, this is not for me to draft. I'm still of the opinion that the old interpretation is the best way to go. So for me to write the new policy would not only give the appearance that I am trying to skew things to my version of how I want it, but also gives the notion that I want the policy changed in the first place. I don't. I'm absolutely willing to guide you through any draft you wish to make, and provide one on one feedback before you take it to a consensus seeking venue. I think that would do you a better service than having me trying to force my way against consensus. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 05:46, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-11

15:25, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

Bot down?

I'm not sure if your UTRS bot is updating CAT:RFU. Or it may just be laggy?--Jezebel's Ponyobons mots 21:22, 15 March 2017 (UTC)

DQ moved servers. She asked me what to add to cron and I forgot about the script for that function to the cron. Whoops.--v/r - TP 22:48, 15 March 2017 (UTC)
It's down. I had enabled it on the new server, and I did have it working, but an error that came up setting back up (which tells me jack **** about what the issue is) came up within minutes of completing the transfer. Therefore until I have time to waist in that sinkhole again, it will have to wait. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 05:10, 16 March 2017 (UTC)
I did a bit of investigating, it looks like the UTRSBot OAuth credentials crapped out or got lost to an older version. Since I don't remember having access to it, I switched it over to my bot for now. It's still generating some pretty warning errors, but nonetheless it works. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 05:39, 16 March 2017 (UTC)
I can get you some OAuth credentials if you need them but UTRSBot's password is in that config file.--v/r - TP 12:32, 16 March 2017 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Quartier Colonel Dio

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Tech News: 2017-12

22:03, 20 March 2017 (UTC)


Hi DQ, I noticed that a couple of months back you indeffed Byronmolina87 as part of a CU block. I don't know if this was a sockpuppetry thing or what, but I believe he kept editing here as an IP (the 64.237.* Puerto Rico IPs) and he is obviously back as ByronMolina. I could indef him as a sock, but I'd feel better about it if I knew what master he was a sock of. May I trouble you take a look at this, please? Face-smile.svg There might be other socks as far as I know. Thanks and regards, Cyphoidbomb (talk) 02:10, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

The two accounts are  Unrelated, since i've said that, I can't say much more on policy grounds. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 03:33, 30 March 2017 (UTC)


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Tech News: 2017-13

14:46, 27 March 2017 (UTC)


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Your GA nomination of Quartier Colonel Dio

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Administrators' newsletter – April 2017

News and updates for administrators from the past month (March 2017).

Administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

  • Following a discussion on the backlog of unpatrolled files, consensus was found to create a new user right for autopatrolling file uploads. Implementation progress can be tracked on Phabricator.
  • The BLPPROD grandfather clause, which stated that unreferenced biographies of living persons were only eligible for proposed deletion if they were created after March 18, 2010, has been removed following an RfC.
  • An RfC has closed with consensus to allow proposed deletion of files. The implementation process is ongoing.
  • After an unsuccessful proposal to automatically grant IP block exemption, consensus was found to relax the criteria for granting the user right from needing it to wanting it.

Technical news

  • After a recent RfC, moved pages will soon be featured in a queue similar to Special:NewPagesFeed and require patrolling. Moves by administrators, page movers, and autopatrolled editors will be automatically marked as patrolled.
  • Cookie blocks have been deployed. This extends the current autoblock system by setting a cookie for each block, which will then autoblock the user if they switch accounts, even under a new IP.

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Tech News: 2017-14

17:53, 3 April 2017 (UTC)

The general 1RR restriction in ARBPIA

User:DeltaQuad, it has been pointed out to me the New Guidelines (in the section "Motion: ARBPIA" near the bottom of the page). The key part is the sentence underlined in black. Question: Is this to imply that all new edits made since 26 December 2016 in Palestine-Israel articles can be deleted by editors, and they can challenge the editors who put them there in the first place, without the first editors restoring their edits until a new consensus has been reached? If so, you open the door for "abusive editing," that is to say, the new guidelines allow editors to freely delete areas in articles based on their sole judgment and conviction and which edits had earlier been agreed upon by consensus, and that such changes will remain in force until such a time that a new consensus can be reached. As you see, this can be problematic. Second Question: Do the new guidelines also apply to reverts made in articles where a consensus had already been reached before 26 December 2016, or do they only apply to reverts made after 26 December 2016? To avoid future problems arising from this new edict, can I make this one suggestion, namely, that the new guidelines in Palestine-Israel articles be amended to read with this addition: "Editors who violate this restriction may be blocked without warning by any uninvolved administrator, even on a first offense, or where abuses arise over reverts made in an article where a consensus had already been reached before or after the edict of 26 December 2016 took effect, such editors make themselves liable to disciplinary actions, including blocking."Davidbena (talk) 14:33, 4 April 2017 (UTC)

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Nomination for deletion of Template:ARWelcome

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For the last while, I've been unable to login to UTRS. After I click on the English Wikipedia link, it brings up the OA Auth page but without the usual dialog to click on Allow. Thanks for any help.--Bbb23 (talk) 19:27, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

  • DeltaQuad, see the recent thread on the utrs-admins mailing list where others reported the issue. TParis seemed to believe it was because the users weren't logged in with "remember me" enabled on enwiki?  · Salvidrim! ·  21:37, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-15

18:35, 10 April 2017 (UTC)


Hello! I'm looking for some feedback on User talk:Roseohioresident as you are the blocking admin for the IP range block. --Yamla (talk) 13:17, 17 April 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-16

19:32, 17 April 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-17

16:40, 24 April 2017 (UTC)