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A question

Can I search for any image files on wikipedia with this starting extension:

This web site just went offline in March 2011 but its copyright free permission page has been archived on Wikicommons. Thus far, there are 360 images on Wikicommons from its web page. But maybe there are a few more pictures on wikipedia which could be moved to Wikicommons. At least, that's my general idea. Any help that you can give is appreciated. Best Regards, --Leoboudv (talk) 09:29, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

Try User:MZMcBride. He can mess with the search functions better than I can. MBisanz talk 04:29, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

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What are the basis of becoming an abuse filter. If I do become one I will not be very active in actually editing but simply commenting. I am familiar with the policies and guidelines of an abuse filter and will make many useful contribs as one. Actually my real question is could you make me one? :D Jessy (SCG01) 20:16, 30 March 2011 (UTC)

Crats don't have any special power to make people abuse filter editors and I don't use it enough to be sure of all the rules. You would be better off asking someone who does like User:MuZemike MBisanz talk 20:36, 30 March 2011 (UTC)


FYI: With my departure from AUSC, I am now an active oversighter and available for contacting. MBisanz talk 15:08, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

User name change

Hi Bisanz. I know previously it was said that the server would'nt like it but I'm sick of having to log in and out to upload images in the commons. I want a change of identity and a user account which is logged in globally. Would it be possible to rename my account and for its to work logged in in the commons and the other wiki sites?♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:05, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

No, since the last time we talked, the developers have changed the system to actually prevent renames over 25,000 edits, so no one over that threshold can be renamed. Sorry. MBisanz talk 16:40, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

I'm devastated, no hope for an evil villain to get a new disguise then...♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:26, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

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Hi MBisanz. I'm here via your note on the RfA talk page. I assume it would be premature for me to apply for a BAG spot since my own bot isn't up and running yet, but I'm more than happy to help out with reviewing or other tasks that need doing, assuming non-members are allowed/encouraged to do so. What would you suggest would be the best way for interested folks like me to help out? 28bytes (talk) 17:34, 7 April 2011 (UTC)

The best way would be to comment on bot requests where people disagree or have proposed changes to help BAG members figure out more quickly if a task should be approved or not. MBisanz talk 13:38, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, that sounds good. I've got Bots/Requests for approval‎ watchlisted, so I'll keep an eye on incoming and pending requests and chime in if I have a useful comment or question to offer. 28bytes (talk) 14:07, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

WikiProject SUNY

I see that you have made substantial contributions to SUNY coverage, including the List of SUNY institutions. Perhaps you may be interested in becoming a member of WikiProject SUNY. Thanks, Racepacket (talk) 12:43, 9 April 2011 (UTC)

Changing username

Hello, I've already renamed my account from "Just_Angelus" to "ANGELUS" in the Italian Wikipedia, but in the English Wikipedia my username is still "Just_Angelus". Could you please rename my account? That would be awesome. My request is here. Thank you! Just Angelus (talk) 19:20, 9 April 2011 (UTC)

I'm sorry, but I don't see your request. MBisanz talk 01:54, 11 April 2011 (UTC)

Username change PDA_Monkey → PaulMEdwards

Hello Matthew,

Thank you for responding to my request. I can assure you that I am fully aware of, and comfortable with, the ramifications of using my real name.

I have a very common name; so common that receiving emails intended for other persons with my name has become such a problem that I have a dedicated label in my gmail for "Mistaken Identity" with a few rules to automate some of the segregation from legitimate communications intended for me.

A long time ago, I worked in the loans processing department for a large national bank. One day out of curiosity, I did a search for my name in the system, limited by the state where I reside. There were six (6!) pages of results.

Six or 7 years ago, when I went to renew my driver's license, they called my first & last name and two of us stood up. No joke.

Only 9 results in the first 10-pages (100 results) in a Google search for "Paul M Edwards" are actually me. Most of the items by me are toward the end of those 10-pages and on a wide variety of topics and domains which someone other than me may have difficulty associating as being related to me.

I do use my real name on other, very high-traffic, websites with no ill-effects. I do not intend or expect to make waves and get on people's [s]hit-lists. Most of my edits are minor corrections of punctuation, spelling, word use, etcetera on non-contentious items.

If, somehow, someone did manage to find my email and attempt to harass me, I can assure you that they would have to work hard at it. I work in tech support at a company whose products are used primarily by technophobes and neo-luddites. I have patience approaching that of Job. Furthermore, I am open to criticism, particularly if it is based on logical arguments supported by fact. If all else fails, I know how to use the Delete key.

Thanks again for your time, attention, and caution concerning this matter. I hope I have completely addressed your concerns.
--PDA Monkey (talk) 06:53, 11 April 2011 (UTC)

Yep, thanks for the response. All done. MBisanz talk 07:04, 11 April 2011 (UTC)
Thank you! PaulMEdwards (talk) 07:28, 11 April 2011 (UTC)

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Project Messenger Bot

In regards with your approval of the task; does it also cover a toolserver (or other method) interface for requesting WikiProject messaging runs? Or would you prefer me to file a new request? Thanks, Noom talk stalk 17:03, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

It covers any method of request as long as the basic operation of the editing function remains the same. MBisanz talk 20:55, 16 April 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for clarifying. Noom talk stalk 21:02, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

Name Change

Thanks for the quick response ^^ Hopefully the unregistered vandal won't be able to continue now. TySoltaur (talk) 20:42, 18 April 2011 (UTC)

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User:Dbs/Shevett name change?

hi -

Wikipedia:Changing_username/Simple/Archive93#Dbs_.E2.86.92_Shevett says that the Dbs -> Shevett name change was performed, but it looks like User:Shevett currently redirects to User:Dbs rather than the other way around. Was this done backwards by accident? (Dbs is a friend of mine and was confused that he could still log in under his original name.) —Tim Pierce (talk) 18:10, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

I made a mistake and undid the rename. I've gone back and redone it, so it should be right now.MBisanz talk 21:23, 19 April 2011 (UTC)
Many thanks! —Tim Pierce (talk) 04:05, 20 April 2011 (UTC)

Committed identity

Hi there, I happened on your userpage while clerking at WP:CHU, and I noticed your committed identity is too short for SHA-512. It's only 160 bits, so it's probably SHA-1 (this was originally the default for {{User committed identity}} but it was changed shortly after creation.) Feezo (send a signal | watch the sky) 00:52, 25 April 2011 (UTC)


A while ago on IRC you requested a map be created; I created it that week but completely forgot to notify you. Not sure about colors etc; would like to email it to you before uploading on-wiki if that's okay. sonia 01:00, 25 April 2011 (UTC)

Sure! My email is mattbisanz (a) yahoo (dot) com. MBisanz talk 01:24, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
Done, as File:FHLB territory map.svg and File:FHLB territory map with Reston.svg. sonia 03:33, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/Yobot 19

Don't know where to ask. As you were the last to BAG editor on the page, I guess I get to bug you.

Magioladitis would like me to take over on getting Yobot19 approved and to run it. Currently Yobot is blocked from making any edits. I don't know if a new bot request should start or if Yobot can be approved to just run the Yobot19 task.

Yobot19 will add the listas parameter to the talk page of the biography articles that lack it. A listing of pages is at Category:Biography articles without listas parameter. I've gone thru the letters A-F to find "weird" names that don't get sorted in the surname, forename pattern. Examples are Chinese names, old Japanese names, royalty, Burmese names, old Arabic names, etc. I will have missed some names, so I'd like to ask JimCubb or Mandarax to also look to find "weird names". Once a section has been cleared (example, names starting with "A"), I'll let the bot have at the section. I'll go over the log to see if any names did not get sorted in the pattern and see if the edit was done correctly or not. Bgwhite (talk) 05:54, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

Um, best to start a new request, even if you copy most of the text from Yobot19. As long as Yobot is blocked, you'll need a new account, which is easy to register. The plan otherwise sounds good. MBisanz talk 01:01, 3 May 2011 (UTC)
Thank you. I filed the request under Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/Yobot-19BG Bgwhite (talk) 06:47, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

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Help to "join" user accounts

Hi. I have now two accounts: User:Thomas.bjorndahl and User:T-Bjørn, and would like the T-Bjørn account to continue. Is it possible to transfer the history, settings etc. from "Thomas.bjorndahl" to "T-Bjørn" ? My username was successfully moved on my home wiki (NOWIKI), but something happened on the rest of the wiki projects. --Best regards T-Bjørn (d) 07:07, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

Never mind. It seems that you have fixed it already.. But according to Changing username it was not done...?!? --Best regards T-Bjørn (d) 07:14, 5 May 2011 (UTC)
I shoved some things around, not really sure, but as long as it functions the way you want, it's fine. MBisanz talk 07:14, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

Awarded Barnstar

Tireless Contributor Barnstar.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
For all your contributions and hard work on the encyclopedia, I am pleased to present MBisanz with this Tireless Contributor Barnstar. — Mikhailov Kusserow (talk) 07:25, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

Maria Corina Machado on Flickr

Hi, MBI ... could you help me make sense of this? I usually rely on Jappalang and Elcobbola for image questions, and what this fellow says makes no sense to me at all, but I don't speak images. Thanks 13:47, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

Edit War MikeyMike2001 keeps posting that Randy Orton is the champion despite that WWE still lists Christian as the champion and keeps reverting despite warnings not to post until Smackdown airs on Friday. TySoltaur (talk) 21:45, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

So far out of my area I'm not touching it, sorry. MBisanz talk 01:48, 10 May 2011 (UTC)

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Name Usurpation and Talk Pages

Do I move User talk:43?9enter to User talk:Σ and leave User talk:Σ (usurped) an orphan? Or should I do nothing? --Σ 05:46, 10 May 2011 (UTC)

Yes, do that. MBisanz talk 05:48, 10 May 2011 (UTC)
Generally that's supposed to happen while renaming a user, so feel free to do it like MBisanz said :p demize (t · c) 11:13, 10 May 2011 (UTC)


Hi, thanks for moving my username! :) Vit Platina (talk) 06:05, 10 May 2011 (UTC)


Hi, how long will my profile have "usurped" in the title? cronin talk 16:44, 13 May 2011 (UTC)

I've moved the page back to yours for you. demize (t · c) 19:13, 13 May 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for jumping in at WP:CHUU!

It's nice to see somebody taking over for Xeno in his absence. Since I can only clerk, sadly, the place was getting full of requests (as you probably noticed :p) Anyway, thanks again. demize (t · c) 02:16, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

Mind going through and marking Plzmergethis → Steadfast and Docsupport → Doc Support not done and completing Kurtrules100 → Dogcutter? They've been sitting there for a while, pretty much just taking up space :p demize (t · c) 02:10, 12 May 2011 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done MBisanz talk 02:36, 12 May 2011 (UTC)

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"Mr. Date"

You recently blocked a user whose username was very much like a timestamp on our logs. I smell socking.Jasper Deng (talk) 03:54, 16 May 2011 (UTC)

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Make sure to catch 'em all

When you used RevDelete on Burj Khalifa you missed the first edit that added the troublesome paragraph. I've deleted it now. Thanks for all your work, but please do be careful. [[User:JesseW/sig|JesseW, the juggling janitor]] (talk) 08:26, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for the catch. I was just handling the OTRS ticket and didn't look at the surrounding diffs. MBisanz talk 21:02, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

Thanks MBisanz

Don't know if changing someone's user name for them is a difficult job or just a click of a button, but thanks for doing it so quickly. Exok (talk) 23:05, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

Easy to do, no problem. MBisanz talk 04:07, 19 May 2011 (UTC)

Thanks also for the trial at Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/JeffGBot, it's now complete.   — Jeff G.  ツ 03:38, 21 May 2011 (UTC)


The history ( shows that OlYeller reverted my edits twice in less than an hour. So why did I get a warning ( for 3RR but OlYeller didn't? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Carbonator (talkcontribs) 04:04, 19 May 2011 (UTC)

You've been reverting him and another editor over the last couple of days with very antagonistic edit summaries. Please stop and discuss it on the talk page or you will be blocked. MBisanz talk 04:06, 19 May 2011 (UTC)
You didn't answer my question. Why did you give me a warning for two edits within 24 hours, but didn't give a warning to OlYeller for also making two edits within 24 hours (in fact, within one HOUR)? Can you can explain your inconsistent enforcement of the rules?--Carbonator (talk) 04:17, 19 May 2011 (UTC)
Btw, in his latest revert, OlYeller falsely claimed: "Reasons have been presented on the talk page and you refuse to discuss." The sentence in question (the one that OlYeller keeps deleting) was in the "Pakistan Internet block" section, and that sentence that I added has NOT been discussed on the talk page. In fact, that entire section has not been discussed on the talk page. It's true that Pakistan has been mentioned on the talk page, but that was in the context of modifying the first sentence of the article and had NOTHING to do with the new sentence in the "Pakistan Internet block" section. So OlYeller has not only engaged in multiple reversions within 24 hours but is claiming to do so under false pretenses.--Carbonator (talk) 04:18, 19 May 2011 (UTC)
His edit summaries were not as antagonistic and as I said, it is the pattern of edit warring you have engaged in, not just the count, that matters here. MBisanz talk 04:43, 19 May 2011 (UTC)
So his summaries weren't "AS" antagonistic. So whichever person is a bit more antagonistic gets the warning. Good to know. On to your second claim: I still don't understand how *I* have a "pattern of edit warring," but Olyeller doesn't when: (1) I added a completely valid and relevant and referenced sentence; and (2) OlYeller repeatedly removed it for NO VALID REASON; and (3) Olyeller falsely claimed in his summary that the issue was presented in the talk page. So it's odd that falsifying summaries isn't considered a form of antagonism and/or worthy of a warning. The only reason OlYeller removed it is because he has a really big anti-Carbonator grudge. I once called him a "thin-skinned prick" and he took it badly. He now confirms the validity of said appellation by obsessively searching for ANY of my edits and reverting them, which is exactly what he did in this case. How is that not vandalism? --Carbonator (talk) 13:47, 19 May 2011 (UTC)
M, may want to take a look at the page. I've tried reasoning with Carb and usually just get called named. He's on his 3rd revert in a matter of about an hour. I'd use my 3rd to force him to either talk or get another 3RR block but I'm really not into edit warring. Any suggestions? OlYellerTalktome 19:17, 20 May 2011 (UTC)
Carbonator is blocked until 2011-05-27T21:03:22Z.   — Jeff G.  ツ 03:45, 21 May 2011 (UTC)

Nomination of List of unused highways in Michigan for deletion

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Edit under new name

I planned to rename my account to User:Machinarium". but when registering Machinarium at Commons I accidently created a global account. Since merging accounts isn't possible, can I have permission to start editing with Machinarium? Then I'll redirect my current username to Machinarium. Grey Fox (talk) 15:37, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

That's fine, or we can swap the accounts here on Let me know if you want me to do that. MBisanz talk 15:52, 26 May 2011 (UTC)

Talk:Locator map

Hi MBisanz, I noticed that {{WikiProject Geography|class=|importance=}} was missing from Talk:Locator map, but then I saw you had deleted the page in the past. If it is no problem can you please insert the template? Thank you. Hoverfish Talk 14:11, 26 May 2011 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done MBisanz talk 15:53, 26 May 2011 (UTC)


Hello, Could you please put the bot flag on my bot account MauchoBot. The bot will be using WikiCleaner but cannot unless it has the bot bit. Apparently, I cannot test the bot without the bot flag. And I know you will ask but I want to test it before I go to Bot Approval. Thanks in advance. mauchoeagle (c) 01:24, 30 May 2011 (UTC)

Can you at least create a request at BRFA? I want to document somewhere that I'm temporarily giving you the userright to test it out. Thanks. MBisanz talk 01:56, 30 May 2011 (UTC)
OK, it should be here. mauchoeagle (c) 02:10, 30 May 2011 (UTC)

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Usurpation held up

My usurpation has been held up, but I have manually done the clerking process:

  • Pictogram voting delete.svg The target username has made edits to Wikipedia. Due to licensing concerns, this may be a barrier to usurpation.
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg The current owner of the target username has been notified of this usurpation request.
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Target user has 1 undeleted edit and 0 deleted edits. No SUL account exists for the target user. Requesting user has 268 edits. An SUL account (primary enwiki) exists for the requesting user, with 367 total edits on 7 wikis.

You could manually check, I guess. --Jeffwang16 (Talk) (Contributions) (Email me!) 21:41, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

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Hello, MBisanz. Thank you for your help with the renaming from Moonraker2 to Moonraker, and as you can see I am now editing on this project as Moonraker. Can you please advise me what happens about my SUL account under the name of Moonraker2? While I was signed in here this morning as Moonraker2 (and I'm not sure if that will go on being possible) my watchlist and edit history had disappeared, but I can see that's because they have been moved to Moonraker. Going over to other projects while signed in here as Moonraker2, the Moonraker2 watchlists and edit histories were still visible on the other projects. It seems as if my Moonraker2 SUL account is still in existence. Can you please advise me if I can get a SUL account as Moonraker, and if so how to go about it? Thanks. Moonraker (talk) 09:42, 30 May 2011 (UTC)

You can create a new SUL for Moonraker at Special:MergeAccount, but you should first go to any wikis where you want to retain your Moonraker2 account and have them renamed so they are picked up in the unification process. Let me know if you need more details on the Special:MergeAccount part. MBisanz talk 12:02, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
Many thanks. Moonraker (talk) 16:47, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

Lead contamination in Washington, D.C. drinking water

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Problems with Alexrap (SUL) --> Lecar (SUL) usurpation

Hi. According to Changing username archive you have completed my username change from Alexrap to Lecar. Thanks for that. However, I don't think it's finished properly, as I now seem to have both SULs, Lecar, connected to my en and es accounts, and Alexrap connected to all the others (commons, meta, ro, fr, it). Could you please finalise the change, to have all accounts moved from Alexrap to Lecar. Thanks a lot. Lecar (talk) 16:06, 2 June 2011 (UTC)

I can only change enwiki accounts. You have to request changes at each wiki you already have an account as Alexrap at. MBisanz talk 00:59, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

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Failed change of username

Here you said that you had renamed Markpiggott → Markp84. However, the username Markp84 is still not registered, as you can see here, and the user has asked for help at User talk:Markpiggott. Perhaps you can correct this. JamesBWatson (talk) 22:40, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done again sorry. MBisanz talk 23:35, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

ThreeBot operator request

Doncram (talk · contribs) is currently blocked and cannot respond to your request. --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 23:32, 12 June 2011 (UTC)

Ooof. Ok, I'll wait 3 weeks for a response then. MBisanz talk 00:09, 13 June 2011 (UTC)

2 photos

Could these 2 photos be deleted from English wikipedia? I have moved them to Wikicommons and replaced their uses with the ones from Commons which have more appropriate titles.

Thank You in advance, --Leoboudv (talk) 04:41, 13 June 2011 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done MBisanz talk 12:02, 13 June 2011 (UTC)
Thank You for your help. Best Regards, --Leoboudv (talk) 18:38, 13 June 2011 (UTC)

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Request for name change

Hi MBisanz,

This may not be the way to do it, (I dont honestly know), but I put a user name change request on: As you can see, many changes have been processed after my request and mine is just hanging in there. Can you please consider it, go through it? I'd really appreciate it. Thanx. Msrafiq (talk) 05:19, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

Wanted to say, my request has been granted so you dont have to process it. :) but thanks anyways. Dr Pukhtunyar Afghan (talk) 15:26, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

No problem! MBisanz talk 16:58, 14 June 2011 (UTC)


Hi Matthew. In case you are not watching the page, I have left a request for the project here. I hope this was the right place to ask - if not I would welcome your suggestions. Regards, --Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 23:26, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

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User still using old name

See [1] where Yamaweiss (talk · contribs) was renamed to Kasparov49acer (talk · contribs) - the reason for the request being 'need for privacy'. However, he's continued editing as Yamaweiss (I found out because he's emailed me complaining about my reversion of an edit. What do we do about this? Thanks. Dougweller (talk) 11:17, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

In theory you can block him for misuse of process, but there is generally no rule against picking up a new name, as long as it is connected to the old one, which his is obviously. MBisanz talk 13:25, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
But he's got to stick to one, odd that he's using the old name that he wanted changed. He used the new one for a while until I asked him not to comment on other editors on talk pages, then reverted to the original. Dougweller (talk) 14:04, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
Hm, yeah, that is weird. Maybe point him here if he needs more help understanding the username policy. MBisanz talk 15:36, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

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Hi MBisanz. Thanks for approving my bot. Do you think it would make sense for me to add some code to check if the "test edit" edit is part of a series of edits by the same editor, and if so, just log instead of revert the test edit? I'm open to ideas on how to adjust the workflow to ensure bad edits aren't hidden. Thanks, 28bytes (talk) 15:48, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

That would make sense to me, but I trust you know the likely occurences better than I do and can plan accordingly. MBisanz talk 16:17, 24 June 2011 (UTC)
Thanks MBisanz. I think that's what I'll do, then. 28bytes (talk) 16:29, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

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Thank you

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I'm still here

Hello, MBisanz … I stumbled across our conversation from a few years ago regarding {{Old prod full}}, and just wanted you to know that I am still around and sporadically active … BTW, this template now populates Category:Past Proposed Deletion Candidates. :-) Happy Editing! — (talk · contribs) 23:35, 7 July 2011 (UTC)

Hey, cool! Glad to see you're still around. Happy editing! MBisanz talk 00:25, 8 July 2011 (UTC)


Dear Matt,

Is there any reason to keep this two duplicate image files here and here on Commons. Just curious, --Leoboudv (talk) 00:36, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Nope, no reason. They can and should be deleted. MBisanz talk 00:39, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Usurp with otrs ticket attached

Could you take a look at otrs:2011062610008162 and Wikipedia:Changing username/Usurpations#SHtemp → SteveH and let me know if you concur with my comments? Thanks, –xenotalk 13:46, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

I don't have access to that ticket queue, but based on your comments at the CHUS request, I concur. MBisanz talk 15:08, 11 July 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. Perhaps we should specify to which queues we have access? –xenotalk 15:17, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

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Dear Matt,

Could you delete this image at Wikicommons? I tagged it 2 days ago but no one has acted yet. I gave good reasons why it should just be deleted. Four years at Commons and no one wants to use it..for obvious reasons. Just curious, --Leoboudv (talk) 21:16, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done MBisanz talk 22:23, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
  • Thank you for your help. Best Regards, --Leoboudv (talk) 23:51, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

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Last looks...

The "nudist version of MBisanz" wishes your opinion. WP:Schmidt's Primer (shortcut WP:MQSP) Whatcha think before I go live? Schmidt, MICHAEL Q. 07:16, 15 August 2011 (UTC)

May I please be a Rollbacker?

I'm sick of annoying Vandalism. I'd like to be a Rollbacker. Please? --Mystery UkuleleMan (Talk) 01:54, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

Shea, it's not that easy to become a rollbacker. You need at least a week of experience with anti-vandalism before becoming one on Wikipedia. This isn't Wikia. You can try WP:TW, which will work with Firefox, Chrome, Opera, IE9. After some experience with the tool and with anti-vandalism, you can be granted the privilege. Bryce Wilson | talk 12:59, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

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Larney Sleeping

Yes I took the picture. To be honest I don't have time to do all that stuff with e-mails and whatnot. Nor do I have an active e-mail account. I would like to have that picture reinstated please and thank you. TheBill (talk) 21:30, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

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RfA stats

I guess your're frightfully busy, but would it be possible to get an up to date version of File:ActiveAdmins 05-05-2010.png to include August 2011? Cheers, --Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 10:04, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

Yes, it is possible. The data is on my laptop, I think, which is in the shop this week. However, I am also traveling for the next couple weeks. I will TRY to get it done, but feel free to bug me regularly to get me to do it. MBisanz talk 15:48, 11 September 2011 (UTC)
OK, thanks. --Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 16:58, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

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Hello there, you are listed as an interested admin on Talk:Chiropractic/Admin log. Firstly, a declaration of interest: I proposed deletion of the page here (which was unsuccessful), and my name appears on the page as an editor that has been warned of sanctions.
The page is stale. If this page is to remain I think it should be maintained. As such, could you please either:

  1. Remove your name from the "uninvolved admin" list, if you do not want to maintain the page


  1. Update or delete the "Other recent editors" section. I would suggest deleting it, and
  2. Delete the "No action by admins" section by User:QuackGuru. This editor has been topic banned for one year, and that section was disruption by him, and
  3. Remove "Shell Kinney" from the list of uninvolved admins. I believe she has retired from Wikipedia, and
  4. Include a wikilink for each warning given in the "Editors notified of restrictions" section with the date the notification was given.

Many thanks, --Surturz (talk) 00:38, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

I see KC has taken care of the housework. Let me know if there is a dispute that needs resolution there. MBisanz talk 23:10, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

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DC-area Meetup, Saturday, October 8

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  1. User didn't confirm they wanted to go ahead... (Though at this point maybe just wait to see what they say)
  2. During usurp you need to check off "do not create redirects" during step 1 so that the target userspace is vacated. Right now "User talk:Shea" is a redirect to "User talk:Shea (usurped)" and requesting users' talk page is still at User_talk:Spidey665.
    After 1.18 is deployed, this will be checked automatically; until then, there there is a script in my monobook under "// this checks the suppress redirect tickbox when in the middle of a usurp request" to accomplish this.

Cheers, –xenotalk 13:33, 3 October 2011 (UTC)

Crap, I didn't see his second note. I went and undid it given the tone of his user talk; I'd prefer to be sure with such a common name. Thanks for reminding me on the redirects. MBisanz talk 13:38, 3 October 2011 (UTC)
Cool beans. –xenotalk 13:41, 3 October 2011 (UTC)

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Hi MBisanz, can you check in the deleted versions of that file (on Wikipedia) if there is a similarity to the file of the same name on Commons? Im struggling with the extreme coincidence that 1) the file on Commons was uploaded 1 day after deletion of the file on en.wp by a single purpose account 2) the deleted file on en.wp was, according to upload log, credited to University of Manchester press 3) the new file on Commons also comes from Univesity of Manchester. The original uploader in his last edit claimed that he restored the photo because "the owner" submitted it to Commons, but given how difficult it is for new uploaders to use the upload form on Commons I not believe that an unexpirienced wikipedia user made that upload with exactly that rational in the permission field. Honestly, I not believe the rational of the upload on Commons. Thats obviously a single purpose account operated by the uploader here and I think it will be a good idea to demand permission from Manchester. --Martin H. (talk) 22:15, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Files look identical (maybe cropped) and there is no additional information in the deleted pages besides accounts claiming it is released by the press office. I'd concur in deletion. MBisanz talk 16:52, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia:The Musical in NYC Oct 22

You are invited to Wikipedia:The Musical in NYC, an editathon, Wikipedia meet-up and lectures that will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (at Lincoln Center), as part of the Wikipedia Loves Libraries events being held across the USA.

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You're invited! Wikipedia Loves Libraries DC

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Wondering about my change name profile delay

Hi goombah i requested a name change at Wikipedia:Changing username/Simple and its been a few hours. Im not sure if i did a error or theres a process to input your name into the database. what is the limit of letters in your name that u can have. I edited it a few times so maybe that could of jacked it up for someone to respond to my request? Shawn laser lightning plasma (talk) 05:38, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

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Greetings. I am reading through the old Bot_Policy archives, trying to learn as much as I can about bots on Wikipedia and the policies that have developed around their creation and use. I have also been updating the Wikipedia:Bots/Status page as I come across old bots that are not on that list. I noticed in one of the archives that you said (back in May 2008) that you were going to do some work on the list of bots, so I wanted to check in with you and see if you're still involved in that. (I don't seem to see your bot on Bots/Status, so I'm guessing you're not involved anymore?) Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and see if you have any information of lists of bots that are maintained or up-to-date. Thank you in advance for your help. UOJComm (talk) 21:32, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

Hi! Nice to meet you. I haven't been involved in that in a long time, but am glad someone picked it up to play with it. Have fun and let me know if I can help. MBisanz talk 18:25, 29 November 2011 (UTC)
Thanks a ton for the kind response. I would definitely like to talk more with you about bots in the form of an interview, if you'd be willing. This project is for my dissertation research and has been approved by the Wikimedia Research Committee (please see the project description [[10]].) I am totally flexible in terms of communicating over talk pages, via email, Skype, IM, or whatever you prefer, and I'll be conducting interviews over the next 3 months, so I'm also flexible in terms of when (if we do a synchronous method). When you get a chance, let me know what works best for you, and thank you in advance for your help! UOJComm (talk) 19:41, 2 December 2011 (UTC)

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Wikimania 2012 bid, DC chapter & next meetup!

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Any way to remove notice of name change from user page?

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GLAM-Wiki Baltimore meetup

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You're invited! Wikimedia DC Annual Membership Meeting

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Hi, I have recently recovered my username from 2 years ago (you moved it according to logs). Before I usurped the username on en:wiki it showed as primary/home account and I was hoping recovering would get me others connected to it as well.. not only did it not, it actually lost the home acount status. Now I'm wondering, is there any way around recovering the username on like 10 different wikis to finally create a SUL? I have recovered the only two with any edits on them already - pl & en, the rest were just created by random browsing I think.. Putoro (talk) 15:42, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

Have you tried looking at Special:MergeAccount? If there isn't an answer there, ask at meta:Steward requests/SUL requests as they know more about home status is assigned. MBisanz talk 16:35, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

Hi, you made a note on a username usurpation I requested on the 12th of december, mentioning a: Bergquistj1 user in trwiki. I've probably got the wrong end of the stick here, but if you were refering to me when you mentioned Bergquistj1, well... that's not me (unless it was a deliberate typo). Just checking :) Bergqvistjl (talk) 11:29, 19 December 2011 (UTC)

Sorry, I confused the l with a 1. Thanks for pointing it out. MBisanz talk 21:31, 19 December 2011 (UTC)

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'Bot related question

I've run into an incident that I'm not sure a) if I've handled right and b) if it needs to be brought up elsewhere.

Nutshell is:

- J Greb (talk) 15:43, 28 December 2011 (UTC)

I think you are in the wrong here. Any information in the upload log should be moved to the file page, and the old revision deleted. ΔT The only constant 15:57, 28 December 2011 (UTC)
Unfortunately Δ:
  1. The statements related to that file indicate an existing error - remove the old version and the current version changes.
  2. The issue related to the file is not the problem. The 'bot ignoring the deny tag is.
To my understanding the tag is supposed to be used in those rare cases where automated tagging and, in this case, removal could be detrimental. If the file has an apparent problem but is tagged with a "deny", then it needs to be handled manually. If they have already been handle manually, the bot has no business revisiting it.
- J Greb (talk) 16:15, 28 December 2011 (UTC)
Not commenting on the NFCC issue, I think you handled it correctly and as long as Fastily says he's fixed it when he unblocks Fbot or gives a good reason not to fix it, then I would say it does not need to be brought up elsewhere. MBisanz talk 03:45, 30 December 2011 (UTC)

National Archives ExtravaSCANza

You are invited to the National Archives ExtravaSCANza, taking place every day next week from January 4–7, Wednesday to Saturday, in College Park, Maryland (Washington, DC metro area). Come help me cap off my stint as Wikipedian in Residence at the National Archives with one last success!

This will be a casual working event in which Wikipedians are getting together to scan interesting documents at the National Archives related to a different theme each day—currently: spaceflight, women's suffrage, Chile, and battleships—for use on Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons. The event is being held on multiple days, and in the evenings and weekend, so that as many locals and out-of-towners from nearby regions1 as possible can come. Please join us! Dominic·t 01:27, 30 December 2011 (UTC)

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Unintended consequences

A few days ago you changed my name here, but i am unhappy with the outcome. When i log in with my old name, all my settings, preferences, my confirmed and reviewer status are gone. When i log in with my new name (this one), my edit count is zero, and i cannot check up on previous edits. Is it possible to switch my account back to the way it was on 29/12/2011 ? Pass a Method talk 08:50, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

I'm sorry, you'll need to file a request on bugzilla to have the merge completed as it apparently broke during the rename. If you want, I can file it for you. A developer will then move over the edits that were not properly reattributed. MBisanz talk 05:02, 2 January 2012 (UTC)
Yes please, do that for me. thanks Pass a Method talk 11:44, 2 January 2012 (UTC)
See bugzilla:33476. MBisanz talk 21:45, 2 January 2012 (UTC)
How does this look now? The highly suspect issue is now tidied up, meaning everything should have moved over. Special:Contributions/Pass a Method looks good to me, with just over 5000 edits attributed to this account. Reedy (talk) 14:02, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

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Betacommand monthly reports

According to Wikipedia:Arbitration_Committee/Noticeboard/Archive_4#Provisional_suspension_of_community_ban:_Betacommand, you were mentoring Betacommand and were to "make monthly progress reports by email to ArbCom". Did you send any monthly reports to Arbcom? John Vandenberg (chat) 21:10, 2 January 2012 (UTC)

No, it would appear the only emails I sent to arbcom under that were non-progress reports on October 1, 2009 and May 14, 2010. MBisanz talk 21:39, 2 January 2012 (UTC)
Thanks. I've added an FoF about this at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Betacommand_3/Workshop#Unban_conditions_not_met. --John Vandenberg (chat) 01:12, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

Strange archiving of a request

Is this method of archiving appropriate? [12] With the "mathematically impossible". Why is it different from the other declined cases around the same period of time. It also makes searches not work to find the content.

TCO (Reviews needed) 22:57, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

All declined cases are done in that manner and yes it hinders searching, but that is the way arbcom wants it done. Mathematically impossible is simply one variant of all possible reasons a case is declined. MBisanz talk 02:49, 5 January 2012 (UTC)
Understood, thanks.TCO (Reviews needed) 00:11, 6 January 2012 (UTC)

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User talk:Retireduser455656

Hey. I don't know the procedure here, but it seems that the user in question does not want to retire- they are still editing, and even still trying to participate in the WikiCup. I'll leave it with you- thanks, J Milburn (talk) 23:44, 10 January 2012 (UTC)

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Hey Matthew. I have filed an userpation for a possible new username. Just asking if you know how long that might take? OKelly (talk) 08:36, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

It should be done January 29th. MBisanz talk 20:04, 23 January 2012 (UTC)
Thank you. OKelly (talk) 20:33, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

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Delete my Userpage

Hello, I am worried about someone stalking me across multiple wikis, and per the Username policy, I think I have the right to "vanish". Can you please delete my userpage and the redirect to it? Which is in the userspace with name of "Triphoria"? Thanks. --Starphoria (talk) 16:04, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done MBisanz talk 17:49, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Yobot blocked

As the approving BAG member for Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/Yobot 16, I think you'll be interested in the discussion at Wikipedia talk:Bots/Requests for approval#Yobot blocked. There seems to be a complaint that the BRfA was vague. Josh Parris 03:12, 30 January 2012 (UTC)

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Long time

Hi Mbisanz, long time since we have communicated. I have been busy with grad school and have edited only occasionally for the last couple years, but want to become more active again, especially with NP patrol and anti-vandalism. Hope everything has been going well; definitely write me if you need help with anything. Academic Challenger (talk) 07:23, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

Recent rename

Hi, you might need to revisit this rename. User:DanielWillyYokom was not the main account, but simply a redirect to User:Daniel Willy Yokom, which a) appears to be the main account and b) is probably what confused the bot. Accordingly, User:Daniel Willy Yokom is what User:Dan145565 now redirects to. Cheers. WilliamH (talk) 15:41, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

Yeah, that did and does look weird. But given how few edits the account has, I'm happy to wait until and if the user returns to try to sort things out. MBisanz talk 16:14, 1 February 2012 (UTC)


Thanks for facilitating the move. I am a little confused about the unified login. It says cannot complete merge due to password mismatch on a clutch of websites. Will you be able to help with that as well? ChiragPatnaik (talk) 04:14, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

I can only do the English Wikipedia, you need to look at meta:SUL. MBisanz talk 04:38, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

Pumpkinsky emails

Those emails you just deleted were highly relevant to the discussions currently taking place on AN, and particularly insofar as the discussion concerning a community ban for him is concerned, and to the arbitration committee's involvement in this whole affair. You should absolutely not have done that. Raul654 (talk) 01:34, 3 February 2012 (UTC)

They were a violation of Will's copyright to post them on-wiki. See Wikipedia:EMAILABUSE#Abuse_handling. If Will consents, I'll undelete them, but I will not permit Rlevse to violate Will's copyright. MBisanz talk 01:36, 3 February 2012 (UTC)

I've posted a summary of those emails to AN. Raul654 (talk) 01:43, 3 February 2012 (UTC)

That's fine and probably useful. There is no rule against summarizing emails and I agree that content of them is highly relevant to the discussion. MBisanz talk 01:46, 3 February 2012 (UTC)
I have a question: the deletion reason was "Nonpublic email content, user consents to deletion" – what consent did you obtain for this action? Geometry guy 02:42, 3 February 2012 (UTC)
I sent a text message to him over my cell phone admonishing him for violating copyright and he responded that I could delete it if I wanted to. MBisanz talk 02:44, 3 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for that info. I have read the thread now, and have seen that the deleted information is still available to administrators. Geometry guy 02:55, 3 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Matt. I've asked Will Beback's permission to undelete the e-mails for transparency's sake, which he was kind enough to grant. Obviously if either party changes their mind about that I've got no objection to you or anyone else re-deleting them. 28bytes (talk) 05:27, 4 February 2012 (UTC)

Good, good. Although, I would argue that once they consent to release, it's released under a free irrevocable, so it's more a matter of us deciding it should be deleted if they request it, not an automatic right. MBisanz talk 11:47, 4 February 2012 (UTC)
Yes, that's a good point. 28bytes (talk) 17:23, 4 February 2012 (UTC)


I want to change my username from Yamaaan to SabeelHussain. Please do it.......  Sabeel Hussain  talk 15:15, 4 February 2012 (UTC)

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A cup of tea for you!

Meissen-teacup pinkrose01.jpg Thank you for changing my username. A small drink from my side! Shriram (talk) 17:47, 5 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! MBisanz talk 18:36, 5 February 2012 (UTC)

Rename Request


due to privacy concerns I would like to change my username. While searching if the desired new name would be available I realized that I indeed also own this accout. I would like to ursurp this account and take its name for this account. Furthermore, since I am very hesitant and concerned to connect both account names, I wanted to ask if there is any way we could communicate privately?

Thank you very much in advanced in this matter. I understand that I am asking a lot and would understand if this is not possible or not worth your time and effort. Regardless I wanted to ask and would appreciate your help very much. Quiet photon (talk) 13:00, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

You can email me at, I'm happy to rename you, but there would still be a connection in the system log. MBisanz talk 14:26, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 06 February 2012

Username request

Hi MBisanz, I have been waiting on you to change my new username and I am not sure when you will change it? Thanks! —Fbi205agent (talk) 00:17, 8 February 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Sorry I took a couple hours. MBisanz talk 00:27, 8 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi again, I want to ask you a question. Am I allowed to change my old username to Sheenmeister on my page or delete welcome selection on the page? —Sheenmeister (talk) 00:50, 8 February 2012 (UTC)

Yes and yes. MBisanz talk 01:51, 8 February 2012 (UTC)

Username change

I had asked for username change from ramajois to shriram, you had changed. Thanks. But I'm not able to login with new username in other language wikis, it works for old username. Can you help me with this? Shriram (talk) 13:41, 8 February 2012 (UTC)

I'm sorry, but we can only change the username on the English project, each project you have an account on would have a similar page to request rename. Please see meta:Changing username. MBisanz talk 14:30, 8 February 2012 (UTC)

Could you help me out please?

Take a look at my block on Meta. Apparently it's a personal attack to ask you (as in candidates) questions. Or question the censorship of such questions... or god knows, something. Actually, could you comment on it here and maybe I will go around asking candidates questions on en-wiki instead. Egg Centric 21:44, 8 February 2012 (UTC)

Actually screw it, they've gone so bananas over there (a month block for NOTHING) that I don't think I can engage with them, and it's unfair to ask you to stick your neck out. Anyway, since I'm here, any change of you closing the userboxes I nominated at Wikipedia:Templates_for_discussion/Log/2012_February_4 for deletion? Rationale something like WP:SNOW - nominator has decided to Keep based on the arguments of others, and everyone else agrees. Or other mots of votre choise Face-smile.svg Egg Centric 21:53, 8 February 2012 (UTC)
Hi, TFD closing is something I haven't done in a long time, so I'd rather leave it to someone who regularly patrols that area. Thanks. MBisanz talk 21:57, 8 February 2012 (UTC)

2012 AUSC candidacy

Further to our previous correspondence, your Audit Subcommittee candidacy page has been created. Please visit the page to review (and if necessary, edit) your nomination statement, as well as answer the standard questions. You should also keep watch for any further questions the community may pose. Feel free to contact myself or another arbitrator if you have any questions. Once again, thank you for your offer to serve on the subcommittee. –xenotalk 03:56, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

Nomination of Summary of Unicode character assignments for deletion

A page you created is up for AfD. Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Summary of Unicode character assignments. -DePiep (talk) 11:35, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

Question about Usurp on non-english Wikis

Hi, I noticed you active on the usurp page and I wasn't sure where else I can go ask about this process. A while ago I created my SUL and I'm in the process of usurping a 0 edits Commons account to further my migration. There are also some relatively low edit accounts I need to usurp in order to complete my migration on non-English Wikis. But I'm uncertain how to go about that, or even if I should. Some of the pages I can navigate decently well as they have similar formats to enwiki, but others are completely foreign to me. Is there a process to help people fully migrate their SUL across all projects, or is it general practice to leave wikis you do not actively (And cannot due to language barriers) participate in un-migrated? -- ferret (talk) 23:40, 10 February 2012 (UTC)

AfD for an article you created: Mapping of Unicode graphic characters

I have put an article you created up for deletion at AfD. Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mapping of Unicode graphic characters. -DePiep (talk) 00:33, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

ARS list DRV

I am requesting that you comment here on a deletion review regarding the rescue list.--The Devil's Advocate (talk) 05:59, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

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Thanks! MBisanz talk 02:31, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Name-change Request

Excuse me, I was just wondering, but with my request, do you think that it will be possible? I'm just curious, really, because the user has made edits before so I feel a little guilty, but at the same time, they haven't been active in 2008. Is there just any way for me to give it back should the user return? I also did leave a request on the person's page after the bot came to check the request, if that helps. Thank you. Kostantino888Z (talk) 03:18, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Are you the French user of the same name? If not, I won't be able to approve it as he has a lot of edits, 33,000, and that gives him a far superior claim. MBisanz talk 03:35, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

I am not, so you're definitely right. Speaking of the other Wikipedia's, though, I did make an account on the Aragonese Language Wikipedia awhile back. Is there any way that you could fuse the accounts? I don't remember the name, but I'm sure that I could track it down. Remembering the password, though, will be a different story. Kostantino888Z (talk) 03:48, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

You can't fuse them if they are different name user:john and user:jane, but you can fuse them via Special:MergeAccount if they are the same and you can remember the password to both. I can rename you to make the account names the same. MBisanz talk 03:50, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Thank you! But, here's the problem. I can't find my username at An.wikipedia at all. I remember it was some kind of play on "Constantine the Greek" in Aragonese, but Lord, I haven't found anything. Would the administrators of the Aragonese Wikipedia be able to help me find any user with a name similar to that? Kostantino888Z (talk) 03:54, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

They might be able to help. You also could ask User:MZMcBride to run a database query on that variation. MBisanz talk 04:18, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 13 February 2012

A curious thing

Originally I was curious regarding the named user I reverted and the named user immediately preceding the revert.[13] I subsequently realized that a name change was involved. I am now curious if it is an oversight that the name remains in my edit summary, especially if there was some reasons of privacy involved? My76Strat (talk) 05:18, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Nope, that's how renames work. It only changes the username in things that are separate fields in the database (like log actions, edit contributions, etc.). It won't change things that are just test, like edit summaries, revision text or prior signatures. Not the best system for maintaining continuity or for privacy renames, but it would be nearly impossible from a technical level to change those other things. Sometimes if a user has only a few edits or IP edits, we can do revdel, but that rarely happens. MBisanz talk 14:36, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

A question for you...

At Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee/Audit Subcommittee/2012 appointments/MBisanz‎. :-) The Helpful One 17:31, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Thanks! MBisanz talk 17:38, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Morthaza/Golden Star Boys

Hi there, you moved Golden Star Boys (talk · contribs) to Morthaza (talk · contribs) in early January 2012, following this request - but the editor looks to have actually been trying to move the other way, as the Morthaza account is now inactive but GSB is editing. Have I missed something along the way? Thanks, GiantSnowman 14:46, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

28bot 3

Hi Matt. Just wanted to check in with you about the BRFA for my bot task now that the 7 days for the trial have passed. Do I need to do anything? The bot seems to be doing what it should. 28bytes (talk) 22:18, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done MBisanz talk 01:08, 19 February 2012 (UTC)
Thank you sir! 28bytes (talk) 01:16, 19 February 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 20 February 2012

AN comments

I have made subsequent comments at the AN discussion about a topic ban.--The Devil's Advocate (talk) 18:10, 21 February 2012 (UTC)

Helping along a usurpation request

I was wondering if there was anything I can do to help along my usurpation request. I have already notified the current owner on enWiki and we have to give that person time to respond, but there is one relatively new account on one of the other Wikis that saw a few edits earlier this month (but nothing for the last few weeks). Would it help if I put in a usurpation notification with that person? If so, I would appreciate your suggestions on how to do so since I do not speak his/her language. – VisionHolder « talk » 19:50, 22 February 2012 (UTC)

Yes, that would help. Just a note on his talk page, in English, linking to the CHUU. You have a strong enough claim that I'm willing to do the rename anyway. MBisanz talk 20:06, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks. Once the toolserver is back up and I can get the link to the right Wiki, I will make the post. – VisionHolder « talk » 20:23, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
Well, the toolserver is still down (when I run the global user account browser), but I did manage to track down the other account the hard way and post the usurpation request. So if he objects, will that kill the request? Otherwise, how long will we need to wait? If there is anything else I can help with, just let me know. – VisionHolder « talk » 04:07, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
I'll do it tonight or tomorrow unless I hear from him. I doubt we'll hear from him. MBisanz talk 15:45, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
Actually, we did get a reply. In English, he stated that he doesn't want to change his username since he's used it for ~20 years. I assume that kill the request? – VisionHolder « talk » 16:48, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, I'm sorry, we don't like to create conflicts like that. Is there any derivation of "Maky" that would still convey your work in the field (I could do "MAKY" or "Maky!" or "Mr. Maky" for example)? MBisanz talk 17:17, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
I'll have to think about it. I may just wait a year or two and wait for him to go inactive. It doesn't look like he's going to be a serious editor. He's only made 3 minor edits, and the rest of his "work" has been on his own user pages. Also, all of his edits were within nearly a week of each other, and he hasn't done anything in nearly a month. Like I said, I don't see him being active for long. If anything, I may create the account on the other Wikis so I can squat on it until he drifts away. If anything, can I at least usurp the enwiki and Wiki Commons logins? Or do these requests only apply to SULs? If only I had made the request a month or two sooner... – VisionHolder « talk » 17:39, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
I can only do the enwiki one when he's been inactive for a bit and I don't have any control over Commons, see commons:Commons:Changing username. Now, if you were to go to another project, like en.wikiquote, and register it and make a dozen or so edits, you would probably be able to trigger the SUL on that project and then would have a stronger claim then him, in which case I could do an SUL usurp. MBisanz talk 17:49, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
I'm not really wanting to pick a fight with him, and I do respect his sentiments. I may just go with enwiki and Commons until he goes inactive, since that's where I do most of my editing anyway. I have also done some work on Wikispecies and some collaboration on frwiki. I went ahead and created the "Maky" account on frwiki and mgwiki (where I may also contribute and where conflicts are most likely). I tried to create "Maky" on Wikispecies, Wikiquote, and Wiktionary, and although the name isn't taken, it wouldn't let me because of two similar names (with alternating capitalization). I'll visit the Commons user name change request page now and see what they say. Thanks. – VisionHolder « talk » 18:09, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Alright... this is starting to get messy. I've got people on Commons telling me that in order to usurp the local account I need to first do it on other projects. I really don't want to be pointed from project to project. Maybe I will take your advice and make some edits on another project to trigger the SUL. To be clear, would it be sufficient for me to create ~20 valid stub-class lemur articles on frwiki under the username "Maky"? Or did I misunderstand? – VisionHolder « talk » 17:19, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

As far as I care about renaming you here, yes, triggering SUL on frwiki means I'll usurp you here. I can't speak to Commons policies though. MBisanz talk 17:22, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
I think I understand. I'm still a little confused how what I'm usurping and where. At first, I thought I was trying to usurp the entire SUL, and now I'm a little lost on what "triggering SUL" means. But if making 20+ new lemur articles on frwiki is the way forward (whatever that may be), I will try to do it within the next 24 hours. – VisionHolder « talk » 17:34, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
You're usurping Maky on because having created 20 articles on will convince me to do it. Once you have the account on, the global software should automatically let you have the SUL for Maky as well. MBisanz talk 17:54, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
Excellent! In that case, I may take the following route: 1) create articles on frwiki, 2) usurp on enwiki, 3) continue making edits in both places, 4) ursurp on Commons, 5) wait several months or a full year for the plwiki person to demonstrate his/her activity pattern, and 6) (if they are inactive, then...) usurp the SUL globally with the software. Let me know if that sounds fair. – VisionHolder « talk » 18:06, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
Sounds fair to me. MBisanz talk 18:08, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks. I have 20 edits in at frwiki now, although I still have about six more stubs and six more redirects to create before I'm done with the mouse lemurs. If you need me to do anything else, just let me know. – VisionHolder « talk » 19:40, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
Ok, try the SUL part now. The rename should be done as far as is concerned. MBisanz talk 19:50, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
I should be good, aside from a few more usurpation requests on other Wikis. Thank you very much, and sorry for the confusion and misunderstandings. – Maky « talk » 20:31, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Watchlist notice

Hi Matt, could you please add the following watch list notice. {{Display/watchlist |until=24 March |cookie=115 |text=The [[WP:RFC/AAT|binding community discussion]] on the Abortion article names as requested by the [[Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Abortion#Systematic_discussion_and_voting_on_article_names|Arbitration Committee]] has commenced. Please consider giving your opinion. }}

Thanks! Steven Zhang DR goes to Wikimania! 20:03, 22 February 2012 (UTC)

Sure, now to figure out how to do that. MBisanz talk 20:04, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
>_< sorry, hit this and add to the top, above the commented out bit. Steven Zhang DR goes to Wikimania! 20:07, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done MBisanz talk 02:01, 23 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks. Steven Zhang DR goes to Wikimania! 02:02, 23 February 2012 (UTC)


Thanks for the move! CCS81 (talk) 02:04, 23 February 2012 (UTC)

Friggin meta again

Have had a thing on my talk page asking to, if not be unblocked, at least allowed to proxy vote in some way. It's totally being ignored (which reflects poorly on basically everyone as I can't see how a unblock request can sit around for a fortnight) - anyway can something be sorted out pleased? I wish to vote. And meta blocks (which I still disagree with but we can ignore that for the time being) shouldn't be relevant to that democratic right... not while the voting criteria are what they are, anyway. Egg Centric 23:38, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

(If I give you a bunch of votes here can you proxy vote on my behalf on meta?) Egg Centric 23:39, 25 February 2012 (UTC)
(that was a bit ambiguous, I don't mean a bunch of votes for you in some naked bribery attempt, I mean a bunch of votes I wanna make for/against everyone in the elections... given to you... Face-grin.svg Egg Centric 23:55, 25 February 2012 (UTC)
That would reflect badly on me because I'm a candidate who would be placing other people's votes even if I had already voted for them. Have you tried posting to a steward's enwiki page? MBisanz talk 15:47, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
Too late anyway. Guess I will serve the remainder of my block then keep getting at them until they change policy or indef block me, I'm extremely pissed off about their behaviour. I'm sure it goes against non profit foundation rules. Maybe I should contact greg kohs guy, he likes to waste his time on that sort of thing Face-grin.svg Egg Centric 16:50, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

DRV notice

You participated in the discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard#WP:TFD deletions by admin User:Fastily, which occured following the closure of Wikipedia:Templates for discussion/Log/2012 January 24#Template:New York cities and mayors of 100.2C000 population. Be advised that I have opened Wikipedia:Deletion review/Log/2012 February 27#User:TonyTheTiger/New York cities and mayors of 100,000 population.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 05:32, 27 February 2012 (UTC)


Hi there. I'm a bit confused about User:Frqns001. this suggests you renamed his account on 25 January 2012. However, he still made some edits today on the old name, see e.g. this. I might be getting this all wrong. --Muhandes (talk) 18:22, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

He appears to have recreated his old account name and be editing under the old account instead of the new account. MBisanz talk 18:24, 27 February 2012 (UTC)
Right, I did not notice that. May I ask what the proper course of action is in this case? Surely he can't continue to edit on both accounts. --Muhandes (talk) 18:39, 27 February 2012 (UTC)
He shouldn't. Maybe leave him a note reminding him he was renamed and asking him to pick one to edit with. MBisanz talk 23:02, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

Username/usurpation advice

Hi MBisanz, I noticed your name comes up a lot on the usurpation requests. I was wondering if you could give me advice on a possible usurpation or rename to either null or NULL. Before filing a request, in your opinion are either of these feasible, given the number of edits involved or recent activity? I note that neither have a SUL account that I can see, but the former has a lot of unattached accounts. TechnoSymbiosis (talk) 22:19, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

I'll do either, but would prefer NULL over Null given the 84 edit account. Also, you'll have to understand that some projects never permit renames of edits with accounts, so even if you acquire the SUL, you may never be able to usurp all of the accounts if you pick Null. MBisanz talk 23:04, 27 February 2012 (UTC)
The latter is fine, am I correct in interpreting that the SUL account is available on the uppercase variant? What steps do I need to submit a proper request for this? TechnoSymbiosis (talk) 23:18, 27 February 2012 (UTC)
Yes, it is available. Go see WP:USURP and fill out a request. I, or another crat, will fill it in 7 days. MBisanz talk 23:31, 27 February 2012 (UTC)
Will do. I assume I should leave the notification template on all of the accounts sharing that name, as listed by the toolserver report? TechnoSymbiosis (talk) 23:36, 27 February 2012 (UTC)
That would be nice, but it's optional and I won't be a dick about making you do it. MBisanz talk 23:44, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 27 February 2012


BTW, have you thought about using {{Top icon}}s instead of the image maps? :) -- Avi (talk) 04:04, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

I did, but I'm just too lazy to reformat it and don't change it enough. Thanks for the congrats! MBisanz talk 14:38, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

My pleasure, and, I vandalized your userpage ;) -- Avi (talk) 17:22, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Haha, Thanks! MBisanz talk 17:31, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for changing my username

I thought it fitting to use my first edit with my new username to thank you. Much appreciated :)
--RubenSchade (talk) 03:06, 29 February 2012 (UTC)


Brindis en Navidad.jpg You're a steward now!
The global community will now get to see your renaming skills. ;-) Risker (talk) 02:42, 1 March 2012 (UTC)
Sorry for being so late to say so .. but .. Congratulations! — Ched :  ?  17:14, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

Usurp request help

Hello MBisanz, I recently see you said on my username usurp request that I need to request a usurpation on the account on Wikimedia Commons in order for you to usurp the account on enwiki first. Do I only have to request usurpation on Commons or request it on all non-SUL accounts across all wikis? Thanks and congratulations on being elected a steward. -- Luke (Talk) 20:36, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

Well, it's a tad more complicated now that I've looked at it closer. LuK3 owns both the Commons account and the global SUL. So...first you need to go to Meta and convince them to delete his global account at meta:Steward_requests/SUL_requests. Then you need to convince Commons to give you his account as that's his earliest account. Then I could give you his account here. But, since he registered in the last 2 months, I doubt meta or Commons would agree to that (and if it were reversed, we wouldn't agree to it either). MBisanz talk 20:42, 1 March 2012 (UTC)
Hmm, are you sure the account was registered within the past 2 months, because it says he registered his meta account on 7 February 2011 and his Commons account on 31 January 2011. -- Luke (Talk) 20:57, 1 March 2012 (UTC)
Oh, I'm an idiot then. Scratch the last part of what I said, but the order will still be Meta/Commons then here. MBisanz talk 20:58, 1 March 2012 (UTC)
I opened up a discussion at m:Steward_requests/SUL_requests#LuK3 and it appeared that Quentinv57 approved it. However, he said I needed to contact the user on enwiki, but he doesn't have an e-mail address set. What else do I need to do? I'm sorry, I'm kind of new at this stuff Face-tongue.svg. -- Luke (Talk) 20:25, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
Commons usurped the account. -- Luke (Talk) 19:19, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

Peculiar username situation

You seem to be the current User Name Guru, so maybe you can advise on the appropriate way to address an odd situation I came across. I generally don't get involved in user name issues...

The other day, I ran across a strange (to me) case of a user page that doesn't properly link with the user's contributions history. It turns out that the name the user registered in 2005 (Frog one) did not have the capitalization he wanted. In November 2005 he created a second account with the desired alternate capitalization (Frog One), created the user page for that account, then redirected his original user page to the version with alternate capitalization. He continues to edit (occasionally) under the original name (except for a few edits in December 2005), but uses the alternate capitalization for his user page and user talk. To complicate matters further, he used/uses the Frog One name at Wikibooks: [14].

It seems to me that ideally the two user names would be merged, together with their edit histories, but I know that's not possible. The existence of an account on another Wikimedia project complicates things a bit.

How should I go about getting this resolved? (I have not yet contacted the user.) Should he be advised to submit a request to rename his User:Frog one account (the one he uses) to User:Frog One, thus usurping his own account? Or is there some other approach to take? --Orlady (talk) 19:29, 5 March 2012 (UTC)

Yes, usurping the desired account with the more active one would be best. Just a nice comment asking him to. If he says yes and can't find the rename page, ping me and I can do it informally. MBisanz talk 23:11, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 05 March 2012

User:WikiVandBot listed at Redirects for discussion


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Vanished user

Hi, I've not seen this happen before and am curious about your recent move of User:Ashokkerala to User:Vanished User 167802. I vaguely understand the "right to vanish" but why does this apply to someone who has had their talk page access blocked? They still have the right of appeal via email etc and the blocking has only happened in the last few hours. Clearly, I am clueless on the matter despite seeing quite a few blockings of talk page access. Does this mean that an email has been received that basically says "I am gone" ?

I appreciate that a response to this may be sensitive information, so feel free to tell me to go away. My interest is purely procedural. - Sitush (talk) 00:09, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

Actually, having re-read WP:VANISH, I am a little concerned about this. The user is one of many who has been interested in a particularly contentious article regarding an Indian caste/community. There has been and probably will continue to be a lot of socking and off-wiki campaigning etc in relation to that article. Moving them to another place, while not destroying the history, does make life that little bit harder for those of us who all too frequently have to join up dots. Is it right to extend courtesy in this mannerto someone who has been pretty disruptive and who could easily reappear to push the same agenda, as so many have in relation to the caste article? - Sitush (talk) 00:36, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
If he comes back, under that account or otherwise (socking or IP), I'll undo the rename. He said it is his real name and that he would still like to contest the block, so I pointed him to the unblock mailing list. I did the rename out of concern of it being his real name, but if he refuses to listen to my instruction to not evade the block, I will undo it. MBisanz talk 03:55, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
His real first name may well be Ashok but his last name will not be Kerala - that is his home state but it not a name used by the caste to which he claims to belong nor, for that matter, any other Indian caste of which I am aware.[original research?] I'll let you know if I see any obvious evasion. Thanks for your explanation. - Sitush (talk) 08:36, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

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MBisanz, thanks for your usurpation help. I have a further question on the other accounts with the same name, what would be needed to usurp these accounts to ensure this name is unified on all the projects? The projects in question are ar.wikipedia, commons.wikimedia, da.wikipedia, fr.wikibooks, and zh.wikipedia. I understand that projects with local 'crats and their own usurp processes need to be appealed to directly, and projects without local 'crats should go through meta? I'm not sure how to check which projects have these and which don't. Any advice/info you can offer? NULL (talk) 07:15, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

I've discovered Special:UserList/bureaucrat for each of the projects so that answers my question, for the most part. Guess I just need to find which ones can speak English to help me out =) NULL (talk) 22:49, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, if you get stuck, find me and I'll figure it out. MBisanz talk 23:34, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

You're invited: Smithsonian Institution Women in Science Edit-a-Thon!

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She Blinded Me with Science: Smithsonian Women in Science Edit-a-Thon will be held on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Smithsonian Archives in Washington, D.C. This edit-a-thon will focus on improving and writing Wikipedia content about women from the Smithsonian who contributed to the sciences. It will be followed by a happy hour meetup! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Thank you!

Thanks for handling my username usurpation case. Have a nice day! -- dark_knight@wiki ~/.talk $ 06:54, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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You are truly committed and great Wikipedian one and works tirelessly and it is due to people like you that Wikipedia runs. Pharaoh of the Wizards (talk) 19:51, 10 March 2012 (UTC)


Thanks for the notification. I don't suppose you'd be willing to offer your perspective on me as a potential RFB candidate, would you? WilliamH (talk) 00:24, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

I'm a touch busy, but I will try to. I'm not super super keyed into current standards, but I can probably give a reasonable assessment. MBisanz talk 01:04, 11 March 2012 (UTC)
Ok, I had a chance to poke around and have some general thoughts:
Has content work; 18 DYKs, 2 FLs, 3 GAs (more then I had when I passed).
Has experience; 3.5+ years as admin, 6+ years on project.
Has trust; OTRS/CU/OV.
Has "the need;" is active in usernames and changing usernames by most active page count.
Has a friendly reputation from talk page traffic.
Has low overall edit count.
Has long gaps of inactivity.
Has too many other hats.
On the balance, you are more than well qualified for 'crat. I don't know how involved you are with WMUK, but usually activity in real life WM events helps at RfX. I suspect any opposes would sound in hat collecting and/or activity. Personally, I think those are stupid reasons to oppose, but they are valid opposes. I'm more than happy to nominate you now or at the time of your choosing. I think you have at least a reasonable shot of passing; at the 2/3 or better odds of success. MBisanz talk 15:26, 11 March 2012 (UTC)
Cheers for your consideration. I'll just briefly comment on the cons. Whether they are for articles or for talk pages, most of my prose-based edits (including this one) tend to be drafted in WordPad. This means that despite my reasonable handful of content credits, it often results in huge edits seemingly out of nowhere. As for activity, real life is unavoidable, plus I would not want to be immensely active and run the risk of burning out. Just looking through my RFA in 2008, I see a number of previously established and highly active editors at the time that are now sadly no longer with us. This is disappointing, and I find that a more balanced relationship with Wikipedia is better for both the editor and the community. And on the hats, I anticipate such feedback, but can only hope people will consider a new flag in the same light as the good work I have done with the flags I have.
I have had some involvement in WMUK and outreach stuff, and I've attended meetups in London when I can since 2008. Unfortunately I’m a little pressed for time these days and that’s ironic because I would be able to accommodate crat duties - it's the actual running as a candidate would be the time-consuming bit. Perhaps I will gradually draft some answers to the standard questions over the next few days, but there's no rush. WilliamH (talk) 23:44, 11 March 2012 (UTC)


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I see that you did this renaming. Are you sure that this was in accordance with policy? At Wikipedia:Changing username/Usurpations/Completed/31#Advisors → Advisor, the user confirms that he is the same as ru:User:Advisor, but the home wiki is zhwiki according to Special:CentralAuth/Advisor. The Russian account is not attached to the SUL account and the Russian and Chinese users list different languages and citizenships on their user pages. It seems that the user name would belong to the Chinese user and not to the Russian user, and it seems that this created a new SUL conflict, see infobox on the Chinese user's user page: 该用户在英文維基百科中的ID是Advisor。. I noticed this because I stumbled upon a related discussion at Commons: Commons:COM:USURP#Advisors → Advisor. --Stefan2 (talk) 18:02, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

However, the account is a sysop and has many more edits. According to meta:SUL and MediaWiki, the order of precedence is first the highest userright, then the most edits. This is complicated in that renamed him in 2012 creating the conflict, but it appears under the Meta rules, he will eventually be able to usurp the zhwiki account because of his greater rights and edits. Not the fairest solution, but en and commons are sort of bystanders in this situation. MBisanz talk 18:58, 12 March 2012 (UTC)
Looks a bit strange. I thought that user rights and the number of edits only would be relevant when activating SUL at Special:MergeAccount and that whoever first activates SUL gets to keep the name regardless of later development. --Stefan2 (talk) 19:01, 12 March 2012 (UTC)
That's how it should be, but if some wikis like are going to rename into conflicts, we do need a way to handle it. I know I've flagged down stewards to delete SULs of 0-edit accounts to permit someone to rename into them and acquire the right, but I haven't seen anything else this large. This feels more like a Meta policy issue though. MBisanz talk 19:07, 12 March 2012 (UTC)
For your information, I asked the Russian bureaucrat who renamed the user there: ru:Обсуждение_участника:Obersachse#Renaming. Based on Google Translate, it seems that both Russian accounts belong to the same user, so it might not have been an issue over there. Still, I'm wondering if it wouldn't still be the Chinese user who would win if SUL migration is completed at some point, since he's the SUL account holder... --Stefan2 (talk) 19:17, 12 March 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, he might win, but the user never owned the account, so I suppose I've just eliminated one wrongful claimant to the account with another wrongful claimant. If SUL migration knocks out the user, that's his own problem or he could go to meta and try to convince them to delete the SUL and let him reclaim it. I agree it's not ideal, but until forced migration is done, we'll still have these mixed accounts. MBisanz talk 19:23, 12 March 2012 (UTC)


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Closure of Robb Alvey

I very much object to this closure and request that you undelete a draft for Wikiproject Abandoned Drafts to work on. SilverserenC 01:15, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

I'm willing to put it in your userspace or email it to you, if you would like that. MBisanz talk 18:24, 18 March 2012 (UTC)
My userspace is fine. SilverserenC 18:41, 18 March 2012 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done MBisanz talk 18:51, 18 March 2012 (UTC)


MediaWiki:Grouppage-steward has been deleted in many projects (like Commons) because the wiki-code inserted by users is redundant to the default wiki-code. So MediaWiki:Grouppage-steward should be deleted because the default code already leads to m:Stewards. -- SLV100 (talk) 03:45, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done MBisanz talk 04:01, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

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Shooting of Trayvon Martin

hi Matthew - thanks for stepping in over there - I think it was helpful. I wonder if you should move protect it. I don't know if that is usually done proactively, but there is discussion underway about changing the title, and it's not clear to me that a change in title won't be met with some protests. It has been stable at the current title since it was correctly changed from Trayvon Martin which was obviously the wrong name, but I am concerned that changing it now may be perceived as POV - Death of, Shooting of, Killing of, etc - I;m thinking we should reach a real consensus before just going in and changing. But maybe I'm being paranoid - just thought I'd ask you. As it is, some editors, and not just drive-by IPs, ignore the fact that we're talking through other matters and struggling to get agreement, and just go in and make changes (like adding back the marijuana without consensus which was done last night and still is in there last time I looked) and then law abiding citizens like me try to stick to 1RR and don't revert 'em again. (Yes, I'm kidding, but only about the law-abiding part.) So, I'm foreseeing a potential problem and wanted to ask what you think. Cheers. Tvoz/talk 21:41, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

The Shooting of Trayvon Martin: The semi-protected icon states "until March 29, 2012". It's April 3. If it's still protected, please update the date. If it's not protected, I highly recommend that the semi-protection be extended. Thank You. Intrepid-NY (talk) 14:29, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

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Wikipedia Administrator Page Project

Hello, my name is Alex and I'm part of the group of students working on the new Admin page project. You said you were interested in taking part in an interview over skype about being an administrator on Wikipedia. Please leave me a message on my talk page about possible times during the next week or so when you're free. It should take about half an hour. Your help is much appreciated and I look forward to the interview. Stepiena (talk) 18:07, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

How does Tuesday 4/3 at 12:30 sound? My Skype name is alex.stepien55. Stepiena (talk) 19:54, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

Could you do any earlier? I've had something come up midday. MBisanz talk 22:14, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

I was just checking in to see if there was any time in this coming weekend that we could get that interview done. Please contact me as soon as possible whether or not you'll be able to participate in our project. Thanks for your time, Stepiena (talk) 14:37, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

Hi Matt

Thank you very much for your reply in regards to the RfA close and IRC. It certainly wasn't required as it was just a comment on my perception rather than my questioning your close. I think I'm going to work up a RfC on IRC (just a placeholder in my sandbox at the moment) and I would most definitely be interested in your input somewhere along the line. I personally haven't been active in IRC in quite a long time, but remember how valuable it can be, and I remember you being very helpful there when I was active.

I hope you're continuing to rack up those truly impressive feats in real life. You're probably the "son" my mom wished she would have had .. lol. (ok, I never seem to live up to my potential). You certainly continue to set an exemplary example as an editor, an administrator, and as a crat on Wikipedia. Again, thanks again for clarifying your thoughts at the BN thread. Best, — Ched :  ?  16:21, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

Haha, I'm sure you're mom is thrilled with you. Thanks for the nice comments and good to see you around editing. MBisanz talk 20:34, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

Question on WP:ACOACH

MBiz, I have a question for you in regards to Admin Coaching. I know it was marked as historical and shut down, but I see it as a successful program, and you as one of the most obvious success stories. There's a movement over at WP:CVU to try to update what we do, and in particular include an area for training, and it's been decided to look at other Best Practices and try to create a system that can be as useful as possible from Day 1 (no use trying to build a better mousetrap, y'know?).
That said, would you be able to talk me through the process that Admin Coaching entailed. For instance, after a coach had met hir student, what happened next? Were there policy pages specifically for coach that showed examples of when and where to use the tools, or were students just directed to the general Project Space policies, guidelines, and essays and asked questions and engaged in discussion with the Coach? Any help would be very useful to what CVU is trying to accomplish, now. Achowat (talk) 18:36, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

1rr violation

User:MiamiManny is in violation of the Trayvon Martin 1rr you put in place, I am at my one revert, as are several other editors on his edits. Please address. Gaijin42 (talk) 21:16, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

Reviewed and resolved. MBisanz talk 21:29, 4 April 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, you may also want to comment here since I reported there in case you were not around. Gaijin42 (talk) 21:30, 4 April 2012 (UTC)
Also, could you remove the warred content, since I think all of the alive people are at their revert count? Gaijin42 (talk) 21:33, 4 April 2012 (UTC)
I'm going to leave it because other people can remove it or you can remove it in 24 hours, but I really don't want to get involved in looking at the actual content of the article to maintain neutrality. MBisanz talk 21:35, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

sorry, trayvon

Sorry to drag you in again, can you intervene on the talk page? Someone is trying to run a poll, which may or may not be helpful, but someone strongly objects, and is putting comments protesting the poll in the middle of the poll itself, and refusing to let people move it. I dont think anything more aggressive needs to be done, but if you could move it and say not to move it back perhaps? Gaijin42 (talk) 02:50, 5 April 2012 (UTC)


on ANI, sorry to bother. Gaijin42 (talk) 13:57, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

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Hello MBisanz. I am currently conducting a study on the dispute resolution processes on the English Wikipedia, in the hope that the results will help improve these processes in the future. Whether you have used dispute resolution a little or a lot, now we need to know about your experience. The survey takes around five minutes, and the information you provide will not be shared with third parties other than to assist in analyzing the results of the survey. No personally identifiable information will be released.

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1RR issue on Trayvon Martin

I believe that this should be last extension of 1RR for the Trayvon Martin article page. WP:GENERAL SANCTIONS has no record of this page being on 1RR and the circumstances which lead up to its 1RR were not due to a multitude of editors, but Drmies actions when he became involved and protected and reverted content in a move that was controversial because of the way in which said admin tools were used. Drmies negative comment on why he wouldn't undo it was a bit much, but 1RR to run out it seemed fine. Now 1RR is in place for another week without justification. I would have loved to make the argument against it last night, but I had no opportunity because it was closed before I could respond. Given the circumstances I cannot find reason to continue the 1RR. MiamiManny was the only one to break them and did so without caring whether or not the rule was in place. It just seems that there is no need for it, and it doesn't facilitate 'good editing practices' as some want to stress, the page was fine before Drmies actions and it was fine after Drmies actions. Same will be true for 1RR. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 18:16, 6 April 2012 (UTC)

I agree that after this round expires, it will no longer be an exigency like that which resulted in its creation, so I'll either let it expire or go to WP:AN to get a formal sanction recorded at WP:General Sanctions. It does seem like most participants are happy being bound by the 1RR as it is creating a lot of interesting discussions. Also, once 1RR expires, Semi-Protection will remain until someone makes a request for a change at WP:RFPP. MBisanz talk 18:46, 6 April 2012 (UTC)
I doubt the situation will get out of hand, the 1RR could always be self-governed which the editors could make the decision on their own editing. I might actually make a note of it for those who like the 1RR to continue using it for their own posts at their own discretion. Most editors were already engaging in discussion and working before it, even when lifted, good habits are usually retained. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 15:44, 7 April 2012 (UTC)

user:MiamiManny and Shooting of Trayvon Martin

Since you blocked this user for edit warring most recently, would you take a look at their newly breach of 1RR? Thought a shortcut is appropriate in this case. Diff's: [15] [16]. Thanks.TMCk (talk) 21:51, 6 April 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Handled. MBisanz talk 21:56, 6 April 2012 (UTC)
Thanks again for the quick response.TMCk (talk) 22:06, 6 April 2012 (UTC)
To be specific it wasn't a breach of 1RR, material added then someone else removed and he then reinserted. Just like 3RR needs 4 reverts. Though it is obviously continuing to edit war after previous block and antagonizing the situation merits the block for edit warring after he was already well informed, warned and blocked for the same material. If he comes back from block and immediately make this edit again the matter should be taken to another admin just for a second opinion on what to do. Not that Mbisanz is wrong on the matter, but MiamiManny could take Mbisanz's actions as 'wikibullying' and its best to let further blocks come from different administrative reviewers. Edit warring and being combative and accusing editors or an admin of 'wiki-bullying' after returning from a well-deserved block won't win many sympathizers. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 16:04, 7 April 2012 (UTC)
I agree. I rarely block a person twice for that reason, but his edit warring was so clear from his post-block edits, I decided to go for it. His current block should take him to the limit of the 1RR, so that means I'll either be elsewhere or at AN discussing an extension and there will be other admins. MBisanz talk 19:37, 7 April 2012 (UTC)

Thank you!

Thanks for the username change! At least it's easier to do on here than IRL. Blackenedbutterfly (talk) 02:31, 8 April 2012 (UTC)

A kitten for you!

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I would ask for you to review the request to change my username, I think there are no problems but it is very important your opinion. Thank you

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Link in your AN post is broken

Pedant mode activated. Snowolf's page is on Meta. Yours, —Tom Morris (talk) 19:35, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Thanks. MBisanz talk 19:37, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

Gábor Zacher

Zacher is a well-known physician in Hungary, he was interviewed many times about new wave party drugs, alcohol and other addictions. He also has an article in the Hungarian Wikipedia. Please don not delete the English article about him. --Norden1990 (talk) 20:39, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

Where are the links to those interviews? The only link in his article is a non-functional link that appears to be him commenting on something else. MBisanz talk 20:43, 9 April 2012 (UTC)
I repaired the link. Some of the many interviews: [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] --Norden1990 (talk) 20:57, 9 April 2012 (UTC)
De-prod'd. Thanks. MBisanz talk 14:07, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 09 April 2012

Admin Page Project

Would tomorrow at 8 pm eastern work for you? I apologize if that's too short of a notice. Stepiena (talk) 17:35, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

I can do tomorrow at 8pm. I've put it on my calendar. My Skype name is my username here. MBisanz talk 17:42, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

Trayvon Martin

Thank you for your time and attention to the article. I don't always agree with you, but do trust you, and appreciate what you do. Not as good as the "golden kitten award" but hope it is worth something! Thanks again. My 2 pence worth! --Mt6617 (talk) 01:20, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Congratulations: you are a Guinea Pig!

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Per Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/MadmanBot 15; my intention is to compare emails to check we're getting different ones. Josh Parris 10:25, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Trayvon Martin/FORUM

I'd like to run through some of posts that I suspect to be too much of a FORUM post. Should I do it here or on my own talk page? TheDarkLordSeth (talk) 04:55, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Here is fine. MBisanz talk 04:55, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Thanks. Here are few:

1. ChrisGualtieri: [22] ChrisGualtieri questions the eye witness account due to similarity of it to an other account.

2. ChrisGualtieri: [23] ChrisGualtieri again questions an eye witness account and wants to refute it by putting contradicting information that already exists in the article next to it. The contradictions are a result of his own analysis rather than a new article or official statement directly making a statement about the said eye witness.

3. ChrisGualtieri: [24] A lengthy post by ChrisGualtieri to question a other eye witness account.

4. Avanu: [25] The topic is adding the statement given by the funeral director who worked on the preparation of the body of Trayvon Martin for burial.

5. ChrisGualtieri: [26] Once again the account of a witness is questioned.

There are more but these were the mos obvious ones that caught my attention. The reason this get's annoying is because we're primarily talking about a section where we're only supposed to point out witness testimonies and any development that occurs on them. If a witness claims that Earth is flat then we write that X says that Earth is flat. We don't go on to try to refute what X said. That's not our job. There is a section for what the cops say, there is a section for what the suspect says, and so on. People are free to read the whole article and decide for themselves but we can't do the thinking for them. TheDarkLordSeth (talk) 05:42, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

I've numbered your diffs to make my response match up better.
1. No, he seems to be comparing the reliability one person's statements based on his perceptions of another person's statements.
2. No.
3. This is a lot of WP:OR and not a best practice to collaborate on an article, but it isn't outside the bound of generally accepted conduct.
4. No, this is about the neutrality of the mortician using rhetorical questions.
5. No, this sounds like WP:OR to determine the director is not a reliable source.
Let me know if you have others you would like me to look at. Thanks. MBisanz talk 06:08, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

I don't think you get it. Questioning the reliability of a witness itself is not our job. It's the job of the court. Why are we discussing the reliability of a witness? Notice, we're not discussing the reliability of source to whether use it or not. That's different. They're judging whether a witness is telling the truth or not. Nonetheless, I'll drop the issue for now. However, this means that I can add to the article showing how the statement given by this anonymous "John" guy is lying as well as his statement does not match the 911 calls. Thanks. TheDarkLordSeth (talk) 06:17, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

To be frank, Seth, your attitude is not helpful and is actually beginning to make me grit my teeth over your contributions. Your parting sentence about adding material to the article saying 'John is lying' because of the evaluation of Talk page commentary by MBisanz is simply astounding to read. WE DO NOT ADD MATERIAL TO ARTICLES THAT IS NEGATIVE OR CONTENTIOUS ABOUT A LIVING PERSON UNLESS WE HAVE VERY GOOD REASON TO DO SO! This is the foundation of our Biographies of Living Persons policy. This is the thing that you keep missing. We aren't discussing whether the other witnesses or statements are wrong or inconsistent so we can add that conversation to the article. We are discussing it because we are determining whether to exclude things from the article. The media's irresponsible handling of this situation could lead to someone else getting hurt or killed. Wikipedia has a higher standard than they do. Every piece of content we add tends to affect the perception of either George or Trayvon or their families, and that means it falls under BLP. Please don't create another fight by adding things that are not supported by sources and that are not supported by consensus. Thanks. -- Avanu (talk) 14:07, 11 April 2012 (UTC)
What you're missing is that I'm exactly trying to enforce what you think I'm missing. You've repeated this a couple of times and it's getting rather annoying as each time I addressed your concern you ignored it. Chris tried to add things that were not supported by any source. He started questioning the witness account due to personal doubt and continued saying "Can't prove it, but does anyone else see the similarity?" TheDarkLordSeth (talk) 17:16, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

MBisanz the situation is complicated and I thank you for your notice of this. To clarify #3 I have a mountain of data which directly in its own words, not mine, which challenge the witnesses statement. I've gone so far as to dig up the transcripts from the same show detailing this matter. The witness has been critically responded to on dozens of news articles, blogs, tv and radio. Some which tie it up nicely. Though nothing is more obvious then the self contradictions discussed on the same show in which the interview aired. [27] His refusal of these statement is why I went to such lengths to show why this witness is not reliable even by the show itself. From Maria Clark, former LA DA,"But the fact that George Zimmerman stood up, walked away with no apparent difficulty, no apparent bleeding, seems to fly in the face of the indications in the police report that he was -- that he said he was -- his nose was broken, his head was beaten in. Yes, there may have been some minor injuries due to the scuffle, but what's being described by this witness indicates it was no major struggle." This an dozens of other independent sources conclude the same thing as they did on AC360. TheDarkLordSeth refuses such material despite this and attacks me with claims of bias, bad faith and WP:FORUM as noted here. For neutrality it is only fair that the witnesses disputed claims be properly responded to as with credible proper response as on the show itself. I think this matter is getting out of hand though. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 06:22, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

I posted this on the talk page, but will bring it up here as well. I "hope" that my local view of the incident and aftermath is helpful to the editors and ultimately the article. I realize that it can't be included in the article as it is my own "research" so to speak. I do NOT want to cause any problems, so if there is something or somewhere I have crossed the line, please let me know. I am obviously still fairly new, and as such can unintentionally make mistakes. Just help guide me a bit. Thank you.--Mt6617 (talk) 16:13, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Don't worry. The new rules for 1RR include warnings and the FORUM rules have several warnings, so you'll have lots of notice if there are problems. From my own glancing, I haven't seen problems with your contributions as you are mainly collecting primary sources (photos, gov't docs, etc.) to augment the reliability of the article and that's welcome. MBisanz talk 18:21, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

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Does the terms of my unblock include WP:HighBeam? I'm wondering, as that isn't a right technically. ~ ⇒TomTomN00 @ 18:02, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

You may request HighBeam access. MBisanz talk 18:13, 11 April 2012 (UTC)
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hope you don't mind ...

... but I left Quickbeam44 a note on their talk, and mentioned you specifically. — Ched :  ?  22:54, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

Sure, it looks like he's proved it fairly well, but given I'm in the minority on RTV among the crats, I am going to stall for a little bit before acting. MBisanz talk 22:57, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
Understood. To be honest, as soon as I saw the original post (I have BN watchlisted), I sort of figured there would be a revisiting of ... ummmm ... past RTV cases. cheers. — Ched :  ?  23:07, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

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Hi Matt. I'm not sure if you deliberately left ticket:2012041010009701 unclosed, but if not please close tickets down after suppressing. Thanks! AGK [•] 21:49, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

No problem. Will do. He found me on IRC, so I didn't even know there was a ticket. MBisanz talk 23:49, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

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Do you think Tempaccount7 (talk · contribs), a user you recently blocked for user talk page disruption, is related to these accounts:

Regards, Whenaxis (contribs) DR goes to Wikimania! 22:03, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

6 and 54 are clearly connected to 7. I don't think the others are. I've asked a checkuser to look into it. MBisanz talk 02:48, 17 April 2012 (UTC)
Can you keep me up-to-date with that? Just leave a message on my talk page when something happens. Thanks =) Whenaxis (contribs) DR goes to Wikimania! 23:43, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

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1RR violation at Shooting of Trayvon Martin

ProfJustice (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · page moves · block user · block log)

1st revert 2nd revert

Thanks Tvoz/talk 09:05, 19 April 2012 (UTC)

Handled. MBisanz talk 13:44, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) I think you "accidentally the whole thing" on your warning on prof justice's page. Gaijin42 (talk) 13:52, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
Fixed, I think? MBisanz talk 13:53, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
Matthew, for the record, I am not an admin and I never claimed anywhere to be an admin (but I do cop to being "she"...). Indeed, as you noted, I only reverted that text once last night, asked for Talk discussion, and came here to report the violation. The editor doesn't seem to understand that my first edit was not a revert, but c'est la vie. Bears watching, however, I'd say. Thanks for taking care of this. Tvoz/talk 19:51, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
  • Continuing of editwarring. Just was reverted [28] by this user and saw the discussion re. editwarring on the user's talkpage. Their promise didn't last long.TMCk (talk) 16:29, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
  • As best as I can tell, that was his first revert in this 24 hour period of the picture. He inserted it, it was removed, and he re-inserted it, so he's at 1RR. If someone removes it and he re-inserts it, then he'll have violated 1RR. If this is just normal edit warring, you might want to take it to WP:AN/EW. MBisanz talk 16:37, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
  • So unlike 3RR, 1RR only counts reverts of the same content? Never realized that tho now I know. Thanks, TMCk (talk) 16:50, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
  • Although they are on at least 4RR now... Guess he needs to get a 3RR warning then which I'll do to make it reeeal official :)TMCk (talk) 17:15, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) my understanding is that even the broad normal 3RR only applies to the same content and not just any 3 reverts unrelated on the page. Gaijin42 (talk) 18:59, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
That was my understanding as well, but I had not checked the guideline recently. In any case, WP:EW can always be used for gaming of WP:3RR. MBisanz talk 19:00, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
Actually that's not correct. Quote:
"An editor must not perform more than three reverts on a single page within a 24-hour period. Undoing another editor's work—whether in whole or in part, whether involving the same or different material each time—counts as a revert."
TMCk (talk) 19:05, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
It would appear you are correct. Like I said, I haven't read the 3RR rule in detail recently and designed 1RR for this instance as a one-off sanction. One of you might ask User:EdJohnston as he knows far more about this then I do. MBisanz talk 19:06, 19 April 2012 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── hrm, that is somewhat ambiguous as to if even if different content, it has to be the same "other" editors work, or any combination of editors. I assume it to be any combination, but the wording could be better. Gaijin42 (talk) 19:09, 19 April 2012 (UTC)

@MBisanz: 1RR can be defined on a case to case bases, just like you did.TMCk (talk) 19:14, 19 April 2012 (UTC)

@Gaijin42: A small ce cleared that confusion, I guess [29].TMCk (talk) 19:23, 19 April 2012 (UTC)

[edit conflict] I think that since we're talking about 1RR, your narrower definition of 1 revert of the same content is more realistic - as you said, Matthew, this is a high edit velocity article, and it's pretty clear when edit warring is taking place which this restriction is designed to stop. Tvoz/talk 19:51, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
Yah, a 1RR rule that applied to any revert on the entire page would get disruptive pretty fast. Gaijin42 (talk) 19:55, 19 April 2012 (UTC)


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Deletion request

Hi Matt,

When you can, would you mind deleting the few remaining pages in Category:Ohms Law Bot cleanup, and then the category page itself? The pages that are left all have 5000+ edits apparently, and so they'll need a steward to delete them. Sorry for the trouble,
— V = IR (Talk • Contribs) 20:58, 19 April 2012 (UTC)

Sure, I'm just going to wait until I wake up because we're about to hit our peak usage and I don't want to lag the database. What were these used for again? MBisanz talk 21:48, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
No problem. They were pages that I had my bot create, as mirrors of the actual page... I screwed something up obviously, since the bot edited those three pages thousands of times apparently. I hadn't even noticed that before now... oops. Anyway, my old code is all gone now, and that was a bad idea to upload a mirrored page anyway, so... *shrug*
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I knew MBisanz would be all over it. Rjd0060 (talk) 00:16, 20 April 2012 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done MBisanz talk 14:33, 20 April 2012 (UTC)
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Hi Matt,This is Brody-Jp - Editor for Israli Voice Actors. And Here, I Added Two refrences for the Article for Gilad Kleter (One of them is an Interview which is Very Very Very Very Very Reliable), And then I Removed the tag. So What Do you Say? The Article Remains or I just Messed things Up? Brody-Jp (Brody-Jp) 07:30, 20 April 2012 (UTC)


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Another question (or a few) regarding the username change

Hey MBisanz! Thanks for the rename. Just to check, what exactly do you mean when you advised me to re-register my old name? Do you mean for me to essentially get a second account? Also, I noticed that I'm currently still able to log into my old username. Is this supposed to be the case?-Well-rested 17:50, 22 April 2012 (UTC)

Another comment - it appears that two of my contribs are appearing under my old username, I'm guessing because I was doing some editing while you were doing the username change. Just letting you know so you can merge the contribs if necessary. -Well-rested 17:56, 22 April 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, you would have two accounts, you just wouldn't edit with the old one. You managed to do that now with the now with SUL, so don't worry. if I can simplify; you're fine and can continue editing under your new account. MBisanz talk 21:17, 22 April 2012 (UTC)

ANI, and ATG

You are taking some undeserved potshots for defending a perfectly defensible position. I think it is collateral damage, and I think I know you well enough to know that you aren't overly troubled by the blowback. There's enough going on that it would be a waste of bytes for me to jump in and support your position that it is OK to ask for an admin to look at an issue. --SPhilbrick(Talk) 20:58, 22 April 2012 (UTC)

Thanks. I used to it by now; I've been here too long to be bothered by any of this sort of thing. I appreciate the words of support. MBisanz talk 21:56, 22 April 2012 (UTC)

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User Leaf Green Warrior

With this edit summary [30], it appears that Leaf intends to ignore the spirit, if not the absolute letter, of your warning. It also is a 3RR violation of the warning issued recently by another administrator. Tom (North Shoreman) (talk) 23:46, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

It cuts close to my warning, but I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt. And technically the timestamp of the other admin's warning was at the same moment as his edit. I am watching the article though. MBisanz talk 23:54, 24 April 2012 (UTC)
Your patience is commendable, however with this edit [31] Leaf definitely violated 3RR. Attempting to discuss the change I made only led to more discussions of racism. Tom (North Shoreman) (talk) 00:30, 25 April 2012 (UTC)
Handled. MBisanz talk 00:39, 25 April 2012 (UTC)

After the block ended, Leaf's first action was to again add material to the article lede that three different editors had removed, He/she continued the charges of racism on the discussion page. It seems clear that the edit warring will continue. Tom (North Shoreman) (talk) 12:08, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

I'll try to keep on eye on it; the multiple accounts are concerning. I try to avoid blocking the same person a second time so they don't feel it is a personal grudge against them, but plain edit warring is plain edit warring, so I'll keep an eye out. MBisanz talk 13:13, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

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Hello, Can we have a geonotice for the Philippines for our National Conference hosted by Wikimedia Philippines. Appreciate your prompt action. --Exec8 (talk) 20:51, 29 April 2012 (UTC)

I would need a draft message and the geogaphic coordinates (precise latitude and longitude) that contain the area the message will be displayed in. Alternative, I need a reference to a prior Geonotice that has been published for that area. MBisanz talk 21:14, 29 April 2012 (UTC)


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I did a request on to have an united count. You said you can help me about english wikipedia if I would wrote I'm Bobybarman34. So. It's done.

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1RR violation at Shooting of Trayvon Martin

See the edits of 14:31, 13 April 2012— 06:03, 21 April 2012— and 06:20, 2 May 2012.[32] Thanks. --Bob K31416 (talk) 14:59, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

Someone should counsel him on it, but the general timeframe for the 1RR is 24 hours, and those edits are too long a period of time. MBisanz talk 15:39, 2 May 2012 (UTC)
Thanks. --Bob K31416 (talk) 15:49, 2 May 2012 (UTC)


What should I do about some articles I've got to create. I've got 11,000+ o' them in .txt files. I think doing them in small batches (see this) may be a good way to go? --Tomtomn00 (talkcontributions) 17:18, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

That looks good as a strategy. You might do them in reasonable size batches though, like the first 100 and then get someone to give them a once over for sources, etc, then do the rest. MBisanz talk 17:20, 2 May 2012 (UTC)
I'm also trying not to spam up New Pages with unpatrolled pages. I'm thinking around 10-50 a day, but 100-300 on Sundays. --Tomtomn00 (talkcontributions) 17:22, 2 May 2012 (UTC)
That's a good thought. Once you get going though and people recognize your name there, they'll click quickly and it won't be an issue. MBisanz talk 17:24, 2 May 2012 (UTC)
Okay. I'll do the next batch in 1 hour, 25 mins. --Tomtomn00 (talkcontributions) 18:05, 2 May 2012 (UTC)
Done another. --Tomtomn00 (talkcontributions) 18:49, 2 May 2012 (UTC)


Hi Matt. I'm the mentor of GoodDay and I think this is disruptive editing]. Can you take a look and action anything as you feel necessary? Steven Zhang Talk 20:34, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

Handled. MBisanz talk 20:34, 2 May 2012 (UTC)


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Anytime. MBisanz talk 23:49, 2 May 2012 (UTC)


Hi Matt, I recall lately your kind offer to provide JSTOR information upon request. (which I'll likely take you up on at some point). I don't know if you have Wikipedia:HighBeam access, but I recently got approval for that. I just wanted to extend the same offer to provide any assistance from my end as well. It may take me a day or 3 to get a handle on how it all works, but I'm willing to do what I can to help any and all. Hope all is well with you. — Ched :  ?  09:31, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

Thanks! I got it as well, but I'm still a bit of a klutz with it. I'm hoping to finally do some work this summer, so I'll ping you if I ned to take up your offer. Best. MBisanz talk 17:23, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

Name change help

Hi MBisanz. I'm trying to help a user, currently named User:Calderysfrance, who has made a user name request at WP:CHUS. I had previously blocked the user for having a promotional username; they've agreed to change names and to not make promotional edits, so I directed them to the username change board by policy. I note that a number of more recent changes have been processed, but not this one. If you have time, could you take a look at the request? Thanks. Qwyrxian (talk) 14:30, 4 May 2012 (UTC)

Sorry. It was lost in the noise. Done. MBisanz talk 14:44, 4 May 2012 (UTC)


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Name change

Hey MBisanz I am working with a group of profs in an effort to get them contributing to Wikipedia's medical content. This gentleman would like to change his user name to his real name. Wondering if you could help with this? [33] It appears he has created a couple of accounts and wishes to merge them into one. Drop me a note if there are any issues. Many thanks --Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 19:27, 6 May 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done let me know if he has any problems. MBisanz talk 19:35, 6 May 2012 (UTC)

Recall procedure

Hi there. I have chosen you as one of the editors who may request my resignation as part of my my recall procedure. Could you have a look, and confirm whether you're happy being on the list? Thanks. ItsZippy (talkcontributions) 17:08, 7 May 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Sure Nice, easy, criteria. MBisanz talk 17:10, 7 May 2012 (UTC)


I got the block in, but was a little sloppy on the finish. I'm still new, haven't redacted yet. If you could please. Dennis Brown - © 20:37, 6 May 2012 (UTC)

Hasteur doesn't seem to care, so a collapse box is probably fine. MBisanz talk 20:40, 6 May 2012 (UTC)
Ok, thanks. I'm pretty new to blocking, but this seemed like a no brainer, instant reflex thing to do. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. Dennis Brown - © 20:42, 6 May 2012 (UTC)
Yep, blocking was 100% the right response. MBisanz talk 20:56, 6 May 2012 (UTC)
I like the old sig color better. :) Killiondude (talk) 05:45, 7 May 2012 (UTC)

05/06/12 [21:26:33] <RD> MBisanz: New signature is fugly.
05/06/12 [21:26:44] <MBisanz> hmm?
05/06/12 [21:26:47] <MBisanz> it was a test
05/06/12 [21:26:49] <MBisanz> i didnt change it yet
05/06/12 [21:27:07] <RD> Oh, right. I assume there will be surveys?
05/06/12 [21:29:21] <MBisanz> RD: nah
05/06/12 [21:29:25] <MBisanz> i'll mull on it
05/06/12 [21:29:35] <RD> not even one poll?
05/06/12 [21:29:48] <MBisanz> RD: sorry, nope

I don't believe him. Just saying. Rjd0060 (talk) 20:07, 7 May 2012 (UTC)
ILU. MBisanz talk 21:21, 7 May 2012 (UTC)


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Hi MBisanz

I made a comment on a particular user's request at Wikipedia:Changing username/Usurpations. Is there a more appropriate / likely to be seen venue for this sort of input?

Thanks, Bongomatic 03:38, 8 May 2012 (UTC)

No, that's the right place. Thanks for letting us know! MBisanz talk 04:30, 8 May 2012 (UTC)

Old talk page post

Not sure if this qualifies for deletion, I ran across this page while doing assessments and found the talk page post offensive. I'd delete it myself, but I have hang-ups about deleting anyone's posts, even this. Talk:Cable One One looks like an essay and the other is summed up by the title. Attacking Cable One. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 04:33, 8 May 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done MBisanz talk 04:50, 8 May 2012 (UTC)
Thank you, I only caught this by chance. Surprised they stayed for so long. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 04:55, 8 May 2012 (UTC)
No problem. Anytime. MBisanz talk 04:57, 8 May 2012 (UTC)


Would would you say about this? --Tomtomn00 (talkcontributions) 16:18, 8 May 2012 (UTC)

You handled it fine. Just ask an admin to block the account. There isn't anything the foundation can really do in these circumstances. MBisanz talk 16:27, 8 May 2012 (UTC)
Account blocked. I forwarded it to info(at)wikimedia(dot)org. Thanks! --Tomtomn00 (talkcontributions) 16:28, 8 May 2012 (UTC)

Hi (again)

I don't know how but I found this thing that you did humorous. --Tomtomn00 (talkcontributions) 17:06, 9 May 2012 (UTC)

Username change for User:RichMonday

Hey! A user, RichMonday, should be making a request soon to change his username to User:Rich Monday. He is having a little trouble with the process, see this. I have given him assistance at User talk:Worm That Turned#Hi Dave Rich Monday Here, but I hope you can help him out if he has any more trouble. Thanks for the assistance! Ryan Vesey Review me! 07:10, 12 May 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Feel free to just copy things to my userpage; I don't get hung up on the formalities of WP:CHU. MBisanz talk 15:07, 12 May 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, he'll be pretty relieved. Ryan Vesey Review me! 16:12, 12 May 2012 (UTC)