User talk:JamesBWatson

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For personal reasons, I shall be editing Wikipedia at a much reduced rate for some time.I shall try to reply to messages here, but I may take a long while to do so. I am also unlikely to deal with any matters which would involve a lot of checking of editing histories, or other time consuming activity. If you need any help with administrative matters that can't wait, I suggest trying another administrator.
The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 10:28, 24 April 2015 (UTC)


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notability[edit]

okay thank you for the respond. but what do i write first before i beging the page? like

{{notability} } {{model } } | name = |birth_name etc ???


confused

Unblock changes[edit]

Thank you so much for changing the block to anon-only! It helps me edit Wikipedia at school and correct all those grammatical errors I see! I am a grammar Nazi, in case you didn't know. Jamdor (talk) 14:39, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

@Jamdor: As a matter of interest, what IP address does this refer to? At a quick look, I can't find any block that I have recently changed to anon-only. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 14:47, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) I assume they are referring to 69.63.114.3 (talk · contribs · WHOIS) Winner 42 Talk to me! 15:04, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
@Winner 42: Yes, but I didn't change that block to anon only. In fact, the change to anon only took place over four months before the request for an unblock which Jamdor made and which I reviewed. (I also don't understand the block log entry associated with the change to anon only, as it said both "anon. only" and "blocked proxy": if it's blocked because it's an open proxy, then it shouldn't be anon only. However, I can see no evidence that the the IP address has been running an open proxy recently, so I have amended the block log entry to remove the reference to an open proxy.) The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 15:32, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
Just as a follow up, someone has taken the opportunity to immediately re-enable the open proxy at that IP. I'm presuming they're just playing games at this point, and have re-set the hard block. Kuru (talk) 14:34, 31 May 2015 (UTC)

Deletion of hoaxes[edit]

Just curious why you're deleting hoax articles instead of archiving them, per the instructions at WP: List of Hoaxes on WP.198.161.2.212 (talk) 20:49, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

Replied on one of the other pages you posted this message to. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 18:57, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
Thanks for helping me to understand Wikipedia. Raginidutta (talk) 10:16, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

OK i understand the process but the reason i was editing those pages are most of the pages shows blank space and most not. No i don't have any other account. Sorry i am new on Wikipedia, that's why i am learning Wikipedia. Thanks next time i will take utmost care. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Raginidutta (talkcontribs) 03:33, 31 May 2015 (UTC)

Raginidutta[edit]

Hi JamesBWatson. I've just been looking at this user's unblock request - while it's not exactly comprehensive, I'm struggling to see convincing evidence of multiple accounts. The technical evidence (I ran a CU) is very inconclusive, and the barnstar, while a little suspect, isn't a smoking gun for me (There are instances where they have edited pages shortly after you (e.g. at Venkat International Public School) or where you reverted them prior to blocking, and they added something similar to Happysailor's talkpage after being reverted - my thinking is that this could easily be construed as Nevermind, in the process of writing this I've become convinced that this user is in fact Vipskul. Forget I said anything! Yunshui  08:26, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

@Yunshui: Hi, Yunshui. I thought I might get a message about this from whatever admin reviewed the unblock request, as the evidence is not obvious at first glance, so I had mentally prepared an answer. I myself was far from convinced at first, but I do think the evidence is convincing if you look closely enough and think carefully enough, and it's interesting that you came to that conclusion too. The editor has actually made a pretty good job of making the new account look like a completely different person from the previous ones, including throwing in a load of irrelevant edits to other articles to avoid the appearance of being a SPA. However, those edits themselves looked highly suspicious to me, and the answer to my question about other accounts was the last straw, as far as I was concerned. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 08:51, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

WikiDefender Barnstar.png The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
for your help with the Quebectelemarketing spam. Shawn in Montreal (talk) 20:37, 2 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Oh, just a question -- which I'd posed at the SPI as well -- is there any way to ensure that the article at Afd is also SALTED? or will I have to reapply at RFPP? Thanks! Shawn in Montreal (talk) 20:43, 2 June 2015 (UTC)
@Shawn in Montreal: You can ask me or the admin closing the AfD discussion to salt the title after the article is deleted. (Alternatively, you can take it to Wikipedia:Requests for page protection, but that would have the disadvantage that probably the request would be handled by an admin without knowledge of the history.) However, very often in a case like this it is better not to protect the title, because that way the next sockpuppet gives himself or herself away by re-creating the same page, whereas if the title is salted, they create it under a new title which may go unnoticed. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 20:49, 2 June 2015 (UTC)
Oh, that's true, too. Very well I shall lay a cunning trap. BTW, this Indonesian angle is fascinating--a naked IP from the Philippines had added the spam link to one of the deleted articles, as well. Montreal is home to quite a lot of shading telemarketing practices. Not to suggest that this company is necessary doing anything illegal -- but the fact that we have IPs from the other side of the world working very hard on this campaign gives me pause. thanks, Shawn in Montreal (talk) 21:54, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

Quebec Telemarketing Corp[edit]

That didn't take long: shall we salt Quebec Telemarketing Corp? Shawn in Montreal (talk) 03:30, 3 June 2015 (UTC)

@Shawn in Montreal: Well, someone else had already salted it by the time I got there. Actually, I have thought again about what I said above about not salting so as to catch new sockpuppets. That is often helpful when a string of sockpuppets have all created the same article under the same title, but it is likely to be less relevant in this case, because the editor keeps changing to different titles anyway. It seems to me doubtful whether salting really makes much difference one way or the other in a case like this, but I suppose we may as well do it, as every extra little bit of inconvenience for the spammer may help to slightly slow down the rate of spamming, and may eventually build up to a point where they give up. I agree with what you said above about IPs working very hard on a campaign to promote a business on the other side of the world from themselves. Something very striking is going on. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 13:14, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
I do think we should continue to salt, for the reasons you state -- whatever we can do slow them down. They clearly haven't considered that they are building a track record for themselves of misrepresentation on what is a public forum. Oh and have you gone to their official website? It's full of grammatical errors, etc. Hardly what one would expect from a company boasting a billion dollars revenue, as they have on their articles. Thanks again for all your help, nothing really started to happen in any systematic way until you intervened. Shawn in Montreal (talk) 13:21, 3 June 2015 (UTC)