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Hey! There is a user looking for an adopter and when I looked through the Adoption headquarters and saw your name, I think you'd be a good fit for this user. He likes doing maintenance tasks just like you do. His name is User:Cyberpower678. He's had a few rough patches the last month and could use a pick up, motivation, and some good direction.--v/r - TP 14:09, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

I'll think this one over, but I really prefer it when the person requests me to mentor him. Additionally, I was mainly interested in adopting new users to show them how to edit and follow appropriate policies, which I think cyberpower knows. (He could use a hefty dose of WP:CLUE, though.) Reaper Eternal (talk) 21:43, 13 March 2012 (UTC)
Well it's up to you. I haven't mentioned to him that I've asked you so if you decide not to (or if you do), you're welcome to wipe this thread. No pressure.--v/r - TP 21:49, 13 March 2012 (UTC)
I'll mentor him, if he's willing. Reaper Eternal (talk) 16:08, 14 March 2012 (UTC)


If you wouldn't mind, can you add that to the–2012_Syrian_uprising–2012_Syrian_uprising_(from_January_2012)–2012_Idlib_Governorate_clashes–2012_Damascus_clashes pages

and pages

Sopher99 (talk) 19:46, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

I don't see the level of disruption on those pages as had occurred on the ones I did protect. Reaper Eternal (talk) 19:50, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

If you look at those pages, particularly the Idlib and Damascus clashes, as well as the 2011-2012 Syrian uprising, you would see a high usage of those 30 sock accounts that were blocked. Sopher99 (talk) 19:52, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

Oh yuck. There were even more puppets than I thought. Semi-protected. Reaper Eternal (talk) 20:38, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

Thanks. Sopher99 (talk) 20:48, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

aiv response

Are you sure these edits do not qualify as vandalism? BLPPROD is very specific about the criteria under which it should be removed, and I think it is quite clear that those standards are not being met in the current article? Gaijin42 (talk) 20:29, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

Please read WP:NOTVAND. Vandalism is the deliberate attempt to damage Wikipedia. If you have a dispute with somebody, try talking with them or pursuing dispute resolution. Reporting him to AIV is not an acceptable response. Reaper Eternal (talk) 20:39, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

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Hmmm, interesting, if nothing else! Thanks for sorting that so quickly. Lugnuts (talk) 12:25, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

That was a vandalbot, hence the immediate indefblock without warnings, talkpage, or email access. Reaper Eternal (talk) 12:29, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 12 March 2012

RevDel request

Hello, please revdel 2 racist slurs here and here. Thank you, -- (talk) 13:04, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Hi, those edits are just pretty normal vandalism—not hyper-disruptive or abusive, which would require revision deletion. We see edits like that all the time (and block the editors ;) ! Cheers! Reaper Eternal (talk) 13:49, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
The n-word is usually revdel'd under #2 as a racist slur I thought. Same with monkeys when used in that context, no? Monkey, ok let it slide, but please revdel the n-word. -- (talk) 14:03, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
If that type of edit was usually revision deleted, we would have to revdel hundreds of edits daily, because vandals constantly add "penis!", "COCK!", "shithole", "nigger", etc. to articles. It's best to just revert them, block them, and ignore them after that. Reaper Eternal (talk) 14:13, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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Thanks for your quick block of vandals and lock on Richard Wright (author) Rich(MTCD)T|C|E-Mail 17:48, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! Reaper Eternal (talk) 18:37, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

RE: category removal on | Shooting_of_Trayvon_Martin

I saw your removal of the category I placed in the article, and I saw your reason as well. I disagree that the category I placed in violates BLP. The shooters own words back up that this was indeed racially motivated. Yes, he hasn't been charged as such, further we have only his word that it was self defense. So, how about this, I won't replace my category, but self defense has to go as well, as we have only his word on it, and in this case, it can't be considered reliable either. What do you think ? @-Kosh► Talk to the VorlonsMoon Base Alpha-@ 16:26, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

I agree with removing Category:Self defense, since the police / a court would have to decide that this was indeed a self-defense killing. What should we replace it with though—Category:HomicidesCategory:Homicide? Reaper Eternal (talk) 16:30, 19 March 2012 (UTC)
That sounds good. Good idea!

@-Kosh► Talk to the VorlonsMoon Base Alpha-@ 16:33, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Actually, I only removed Category:Self-defense since Category:Homicide was already in the article. Cheers! Reaper Eternal (talk) 16:36, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 19 March 2012

Appeal of Speedy Deletion: The Pledge of the Computing Professional

I'm part of the team of founders behind the organization The Pledge of the Computing Professional, whose new page you recently marked for speedy deletion based on criteria A7 (notability). Can we contest this with you? Admittedly, we're a very new organization, but we've been endorsed by two existing notable organizations and have 15 existing chapters. Details on all of the above are on the "Talk" page of the deleted article, as well as our website [1].

Most of us are also fairly inexperienced in the ways of Wikipedia; I'm probably the "most" experienced, but I'm hardly more than a novice myself. We think we objectively qualify for inclusion in Wikipedia. (I didn't see the original article, so I don't know if there were other issues that we didn't address the first time around ...) Jim Huggins (talk) 04:12, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

Hi! First of all (although not a factor in the page's deletion), the page was in the wrong namespace. It had been submitted under the "Wikipedia:" namespace, which is generally reserved for policies, guidelines, and the administration of Wikipedia. This can be easily rectified by submitting articles without a prefix; however, other problems existed.
The reason I deleted the article was that it did not indicate why "The Pledge of the Computing Professional" was important or significant. Rather, the article merely described the organization, its rites of passage, and a bit of its history. If you want the article to be kept on Wikipedia, you will need to provide verifiable, reliable sources to show that the article passes the notability guidelines for organizations.
Lastly, if you would like, I could restore the article to a userspace draft for you to continue working on or email the contents to you since the article contained nothing blatantly inappropriate like copyright violations, libel, or vandalism. Reaper Eternal (talk) 12:24, 20 March 2012 (UTC)
We'd be quite grateful if you'd restore it to a userspace draft. I think, with some work, we can bring the article up to Wikipedia's standards. Jim Huggins (talk) 17:06, 21 March 2012 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Userspace draft now exists at User:Jim Huggins/The Pledge of the Computing Professional. Good luck! Reaper Eternal (talk) 17:11, 21 March 2012 (UTC)
Many thanks. Jim Huggins (talk) 17:17, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

trayvon protection

Thanks for the move protection. Could you also semi protect? There are some anon editors who keep putting in pov content (on both sides of the argument) and putting in unencyclopedic conetent (see the current "facts" section which keeps returning, even though most of that information is already elsewhere in the article). 16:27, 20 March 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gaijin42 (talkcontribs)

I really can't semiprotect the article sinceI have been previously involved with its content. Hopefully the tag above will get an uninvolved admin to evaluate. Reaper Eternal (talk) 16:38, 20 March 2012 (UTC)
And another admin has now semiprotected the page. Cheers! Reaper Eternal (talk) 12:45, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Removal of Howie's question

Hi... I'm just a random user of Wikipedia, who rarely makes significant edits (I'm on a library computer). I'm not completely sure if removing Howie's question was the right call. I don't see him or her as a troll, just someone unfamiliar to Wikipedia. Many of the answers pointing them in more helpful directions were perfectly appropriate, IMHO. I'm not convinced it would do any real damage to Wikipedia's reputation. The case you linked to (Billy Ego) involved an editor engaged in highly disruptive behaviour. Curious what your fellow admins (or Wikipedians in general) think. We do often get potentially controversial issues discussed on the Reference Desk, and I think caution is called for in removing genuine (if somewhat inappropriate) questions. (talk) 00:54, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

If there is a policy or guideline which justifies your deletion of the question and responses to it, please cite same on the Ref Desk talk page, rather than just removing the question and some responses to it by respected Wikipedia contributors. This removal of content, and the Arb Com decision you see as justification for it, deserve discussion at the talk page of Ref Desk. Thanks! Edison (talk) 02:37, 21 March 2012 (UTC)
Discussion on WT:REFDESK. Reaper Eternal (talk) 12:45, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Revdel request

Hi Reaper, I'm contacting you not because you were involved with this issue, but because you are listed in CAT:REVDEL. Please take a look at The Barney Bunch. Many of the revisions there would fit under CFRD 2 or 3. I realize that most of the attack content targets fictional characters, but there is plenty of mention of real people, living and deceased. I'm not sure if it would be better/easier to selectively revdel those edits, or to speedy it as an attack page. If you decide to revdel it then could you also fully protect it to prevent this vandalism from appearing again at this title? Or if you decide to delete if could you please salt it or recreate it as a protected redirect at your discretion? Thanks. —KuyaBriBriTalk 14:45, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done I nuked all the vandalized revisions of the page to stop the random vandals from reverting back to it. Cheers! Reaper Eternal (talk) 15:04, 21 March 2012 (UTC)
Thanks. Could you fully protect as well? I'm concerned that with the amount of time that content was on the page it may have been picked up by a Wikipedia mirror and therefore will be very easy for someone to copy and paste. —KuyaBriBriTalk 15:15, 21 March 2012 (UTC)
I semiprotected it. All the vandals were on unconfirmed (and now indefinitely blocked) accounts, and the one autoconfirmed user merely was trying to get the vandalism deleted via PROD. Reaper Eternal (talk) 15:19, 21 March 2012 (UTC)
Understood. Thanks again. —KuyaBriBriTalk 15:36, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Saban troll

Might you add his new catch phrase to his edit filter? Also revoking talk page access might be helpful.—Ryulong (竜龙) 23:46, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Reaper Eternal (talk) 17:07, 16 March 2012 (UTC)
He's been hitting Super Sentai (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) a lot lately. Do you think there's a way to prevent him from blanking all that content? He seems to be capitalizing the section titles if that may help.—Ryulong (竜龙) 20:23, 16 March 2012 (UTC)
Edgar181 (talk · contribs) has just solved that problem for you. Reaper Eternal (talk) 20:25, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

He's got a new catchphrase.—Ryulong (竜龙) 19:41, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Gah. Fixed. Reaper Eternal (talk) 20:08, 22 March 2012 (UTC)
Could we maybe...just block all IPs from using "Haim Saban" on their talk page?—Ryulong (竜龙) 20:14, 22 March 2012 (UTC)
Unfortunately, then, if any IP wanted to discuss something he would be blocked. Additionally, IPs trolling on their talk pages after getting blocked isn't really that big of an issue. Reaper Eternal (talk) 14:03, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
Also I think blocking for some time will keep him out of our hair, at least until Bell Canada responds to my 4 emails saying "Revoke this person's services".—Ryulong (竜龙) 21:05, 22 March 2012 (UTC)
I'll look into this one. Reaper Eternal (talk) 14:03, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, only bad edits from that range, so  IP blocked. Reaper Eternal (talk) 14:11, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

Request for arbitration assistance

Hi, I just want to ask your help in resolving this issue with another editor on the Mount Pinatubo article. I'm Briarfallen and a regular editor of said article. The problem is on the second sentence of the lead section about the Cabusilan Mountains. One disruptive editor, (User:FromTarlac) keeps changing it to Tri-Cabusilan Mountain Range which is wrong, even though I presented two online references: an online copy of a Geography book and an online topography map of the area from the 1950s by the US Corps of Engineers. I thought he did not check my references. In his defense, he says, "he lives near the mountain and that's how they call the mountain range" and he gave two books as references: one is a book and not verifiable online, but the other "Fire and Mud" is also a book but has an online version from the USGS website. It is also one of the External links of the Mount Pinatubo article. I checked the website but 'Cabusilan Mountains' was not mentioned. In the Philippines, misinformation is a problem so together with my references, I presented him with the link for WP:Verifiability, not truth and WP:Verifiability. On his last edit on March 19th, he again changed it to Tri-Cabusilan but the worse part is that he removed my reference link to the topographic map!!! What kind of editor would do that? Isn't that foul? Please help me on what to do with this other editor. (History page of Mount Pinatubo). Thanks. - Briarfallen (talk) 03:29, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

Well, the main problem I can see is that neither of you has yet engaged in discussion on the talk page. Try discussing with the other editor, and perhaps reminding him that the burden of proof is not on you to find the sources that disprove you; rather, he needs to find them. Reaper Eternal (talk) 12:57, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for your advice - Briarfallen (talk) 00:58, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

IP continues to troll after warning

IP continues to troll at my talk page (here) after you gave them a very generous warning here. ISTB351 (talk) (contributions) 16:50, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Blocked, and edits oversighted. Reaper Eternal (talk) 20:09, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Al Stokes (Musician) speedy deletion

Hi you said that Al needs to email OHDT (or something like that) . Where do I find the email address for Al to email to as I don't know it? Once he has done that would you be able to undelete the page to save me having to post it all up again?Richard Anvil (talk) 16:20, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

Replied on your talk page. Reaper Eternal (talk) 16:31, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

Let's make this an opportunity to unhate!

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Decic equation

Hi Reaper, sorry I've had to revert your last edit to Decic equation, but the paper I added as further reading is not a source for any part of the article. I came across the article when checking the contributions of a new editor. It was unsourced and a messy half-copy of Septic equation, so I did my best to clean it up. I couldn't quickly find anything to source it to (although it's clear to a mathematician how it should be). I did however find a paper that proposes a possible method of solution, so I added it as further reading for others to make use of.

I'm grateful for your attempt to clean up the article, but there's no point in pretending that it has any sources at present. It's possibly a candidate for deletion, as there are potentially an infinite number of polynomial equations of increasing degree and we need to stop somewhere. Any thoughts you might have on that would be appreciated. Cheers --RexxS (talk) 00:42, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

Autopattrolled of User:Abhijay

X mark.svg Not done was your reply to his request, but when i opened his edit counts and user rights, 'autopatrolled' was there. I m surprised to see that. How is it possible? Yasht101 :) 02:16, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

See also: User_talk:Samir#User:Abhijay_and_autopatrolledΣτc. 02:19, 24 March 2012 (UTC)
After leaving this message I got it and was going to right write it and an Edit conflict showed up with you. I dont know y but it always happens with u even at new pages. Anyways, now doubts are clear. Yasht101 :) 02:24, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

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Al Stokes (musician) page

Hi there as directed by you Al has now emailed OTRS giving them permission for his material to be shared. You said an OTRS Volunteer may undelete the page. Is there anyone I can contact to see if this can be done?Richard Anvil (talk) 13:29, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

Ponyo may be a good person to talk to, as (s)he has OTRS access and knows more than I do, and thus will likely be better able to answer your questions. I think HJ Mitchell has OTRS access too, and he will also be better able to answer your questions. Cheers! Reaper Eternal (talk) 12:27, 28 March 2012 (UTC)


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sorry for the revert

I have self reverted, Thanks-- ÐℬigXЯaɣ 14:13, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

OK. Please be more careful in the future when reverting with antivandalism tools, as your edits left the article looking like this. Reaper Eternal (talk) 14:14, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
I tried self reverting the article as well but it was already reverted by you again. yeah i saw that article state later . I suspected it as blatant content removal on the DIff Screen. My bad :( - -- ÐℬigXЯaɣ 14:16, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the revdel

Didn't even have a chance to request it. :) Writ Keeper 17:19, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

You're welcome! I hid all of that guy's edits, and just blocked his new sockpuppet account. :/ Reaper Eternal (talk) 17:46, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
Once more unto the breach, I suppose; keep fighting the good fight! Writ Keeper 17:48, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

I posted about this anon vandal at WP:ANV but it appears you blocked them before I finished. —Al E.(talk) 17:44, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

Yep! Apparently someone doesn't like the colts. :) Reaper Eternal (talk) 17:48, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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Must say, you were quick blocking after the vandalism he had done! ~ ⇒TomTomN00 @ 17:07, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! Reaper Eternal (talk) 17:44, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
No problem! ~ ⇒TomTomN00 @ 11:46, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

Yet another barnstar!

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It's always good to see another admin's face coming through the Huggle queue. Thanks for your vandalism-fighting efforts - we need as many admins working the front lines as we can get! A fluffernutter is a sandwich! (talk) 19:04, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! Reaper Eternal (talk) 14:22, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

Your edit history

This page has some really interesting shove-under-the-carpet editing. Is it just because you can, or was there a real reason.

NB: If I come across as offensive, I apologize. I'm just curious, you don't have to answer this if you don't want to. :-) (talk) 02:40, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

What are you talking about? Reaper Eternal (talk) 14:18, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

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Edit filter question

Hi. I often see your name pop up when edit filters are being discussed, so I'm wondering if you could comment at Wikipedia:Bot requests#Bot to target a common vandalism at San Diego article, where I've suggested that an edit filter might be a solution to the problem. Cheers, Jenks24 (talk) 15:32, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

I've replied there and semiprotected the page to stop the vandalism. Reaper Eternal (talk) 16:14, 4 April 2012 (UTC)
That works too. Thanks, Jenks24 (talk) 16:31, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

GOCE March drive wrap-up

Guild of Copy Editors March 2012 backlog elimination drive
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Thank you!


Thank you

... for fixing our vandalism problem at San Diego! --MelanieN (talk) 00:19, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

Chicago Cubs

Maybe the article needs semi-protection. Please roll back the edits after yours. (talk) 20:14, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

Whoops! I forgot to reply here, but I've semiprotected the page. For some reason, the protection form reported that the page could not be protected, but the protection went through, resulting in my protecting the page multiple times. Reaper Eternal (talk) 00:40, 8 April 2012 (UTC)

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Sock puppet at Bikini Beach

You dealt with a sock a few months ago at Bikini Beach. The same sock seems to be back (Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/John Daker). I wondered if you knew if there were other articles we should check up on or if the sock managed to keep itself to just the one. They've made two accounts in a short amount of time so I requested a CU on it too. If you have any additional info though it'd be helpful. Thanks. Shadowjams (talk) 00:32, 8 April 2012 (UTC)

I protected the page, and during the meantime, 7 (talk · contribs) blocked both of them. I guess some people stalk my talkpage closely! ;) Reaper Eternal (talk) 00:37, 8 April 2012 (UTC)

Froehliche Ostern

Hallo Reaper Eternal. Ich wollte nur ihnen einen Froehlichen Ostern wuenschen.

Translated: Hello Reaper Eternal. I only want to wish you a happy easter.—cyberpower ChatOffline 12:09, 8 April 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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Nice to see you of all people beating me in Huggle this morning. Calabe1992 16:21, 4 April 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! Reaper Eternal (talk) 17:44, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

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If you wouldn't mind, please review this edit for possible RevDel because of the personal information. Thanks! Ravensfire (talk) 18:48, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

Hi, the next time you need personal information hidden, it is best to email oversight rather than posting the link on my or another admin's talk page. This will get the information suppressed to the point that even admins will be unable to see it. Thanks! Reaper Eternal (talk) 19:24, 10 April 2012 (UTC)
Will do - first time I've actually spotted something like this that hadn't been dealt with and wasn't totally sure. Note made, appreciate the advice! Ravensfire (talk) 23:02, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

A WikiChild in need of adoption

I would like assistance in becoming an established editor. I chose you to make a request to for these reasons:

  1. You're an admin.
  2. I plan to do the same Wikitasks that you do.
  3. You have a lot of experience.
  4. People commenting in your administrator review seem to like you.
  5. You're an admin.
  6. You say that you help clean up citations, which I don't really understand.
  7. You're flexible.
  8. You share my views on Wikipedia.
  9. You seem to have a good sense of humo(u)r.
And, last but not least...,
10. You're an admin.

Will you adopt me? ChromaNebula (talk) 17:57, 6 April 2012 (UTC)

Certainly I will! Just give me a day or so to get stuff set up. Reaper Eternal (talk) 00:25, 8 April 2012 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done See User:Reaper Eternal/Mentoring/ChromaNebula. Reaper Eternal (talk) 17:15, 11 April 2012 (UTC)


Thank you for your support at my RfA - and for your congratulations. I will do my best to live up to people's confidence in me. Yngvadottir (talk) 17:28, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

You're welcome! Reaper Eternal (talk) 16:56, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

That username block

Was there something I was missing that I should know in the future? It's not every day I make a username hard block only to have the block made even harder. Ks0stm (TCGE) 17:15, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Though it was pretty clear that there was no way that person would be allowed to edit with that username again, also given the grossness in his edit filter log.--Jasper Deng (talk) 17:18, 11 April 2012 (UTC)
Actually, I had initially thought it was yet another sockpuppet of the serial harasser who makes usernames attacking User:B.wilson. I had seen it on the user creation log and then immediately blocked it without talkpage or email access, then found out it was actually just a random attack account. Since I saw no point in letting the account appeal (it would get talkpage access revoked very quickly), I didn't bother to restore access. Reaper Eternal (talk) 17:21, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Speedy deletion template filter

Does the filter that catches removed speedy deletion templates cover:

  • placing the tag in <!--invisible comments-->
  • changing the template to {{db-u1}} or {{db-g7}} and then removing that template
  • inserting random characters between the braces (something like {-{db-g13}-})
  • removing braces ({db-g13} or {{db-g13} rather than {{db-g13}})
  • wrapping the tag in any tag that does not properly display templates (such as <source> or <nowiki> or <pre>)

If not, could the filter be made to catch them? →Στc. 18:51, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Replied at WT:EF. Reaper Eternal (talk) 12:41, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

Rollback rights request

Hello: I see you are listed as an admin. who is willing to consider and grant rollback rights. I would ask for that consideration at this time. I have 9,175 edits and have reviewer rights. I have written ten articles and helped two gain "good article status". Please feel free to ask me any questions needed. Thank you for your time, Kierzek (talk) 14:31, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

(talk page stalker)Rollback requests should be made at WP:PERM.—cyberpower ChatLimited Access 14:41, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
Cyberpower678, thanks for the link. I put in my request therein. Kierzek (talk) 15:01, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Actually, editors may request rollback on admins' talk pages. Reaper Eternal (talk) 17:06, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for the vote of confidence. Kierzek (talk) 02:30, 13 April 2012 (UTC)


Sorry for messing with your protection here. I was using Twinkle to protect the page; it seems you protected it while I was setting the options, so it changed your protection. I've changed the protection back to what you initially set. ItsZippy (talkcontributions) 20:11, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

It's no problem, and it happens all the time. Reaper Eternal (talk) 20:15, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

Filemover decline

I really don't know what images you're talking about when you say I've had "alot" deleted. It would be news to me if I've had more than 2 or 3 deleted. INeverCry 17:32, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

I don't know either. For some reason, the upload log was showing the several deleted images you uploaded in December 2011 as your last uploads, so I declined your request. Now, however, the log seems to be working properly, showing that you have uploaded a great many images since then, so your request is now Yes check.svg Done. I've never seen that bug before.... Reaper Eternal (talk) 18:56, 13 April 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for taking care of this so quickly. INeverCry 19:59, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

Special Barnstar Hires.png The Special Barnstar
Hey Reaper Eternal, thanks so much for hiding some of the feedback abuse on the Mitt Romney page last month! We are now in the process of adapting some of your nice vandalism filters for the article feedback tool (285, 225, 247) and would love to get you in the loop, if you are interested. You can email me directly at fflorin-at-wikimedia-dot-org, and we can set a time to chat. In the meantime, here's some info on how we are extending abuse filters for article feedback. Cheers! Fabrice (BTW, I'm the new product manager for editor engagement at Wikimedia and responsible for the article feedback tool, among other projects.) Fabrice Florin (talk) 02:49, 7 April 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! I kind of got castigated for hiding the feedback though! :P Reaper Eternal (talk) 00:38, 8 April 2012 (UTC)
No worries, we were still in early stages of testing back then, but plan to invite more widespread use of the hiding tools -- as well as the new 'feature this post' and 'mark as resolved' tools when we launch them on April 26th (see feature requirements page). In the meantime, please let us know if you'd be interested in adapting your vandalism filters for article feedback, or if you prefer that we take the first stab and have you review them. Cheers! Fabrice Florin (talk) 17:16, 10 April 2012 (UTC)
I'd be happy to adapt the filters for the new article feedback tool. (And by the way, they really aren't "my" filters. All were created by other users, although I have edited many of them.) Thanks! Reaper Eternal (talk) 19:26, 10 April 2012 (UTC)
Ooh, that would be wonderful! There is one filter in particular that we could use your help on: "247- Adding emails in articles". We recommend 'auto-flagging' posts that contain email addresses, to help oversighters comply with laws that require deletion of posts that include private email addresses (as described in the feedback guidelines). To learn more about our proposal for abuse filters on AFT, check our feature requirements page. Thanks so much for offering to help with this! Fabrice Florin (talk) 18:08, 11 April 2012 (UTC)
Let me know if you need any info regarding AFTv5 internals Rsterbin (talk) 18:23, 11 April 2012 (UTC)
Will the "automatically flag feedback" option appear in the checkbox list on the abusefilter editor page along with the currently-existing options like "disallow", "warn", and "tag"?
That's correct. The new checkbox will say "(Article Feedback) Auto-flag as abuse". Rsterbin (talk) 17:38, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
I would recommend code something like the following:
(user_editcount < 500) &
(action = "feedback") &
(new_wikitext rlike "\b[a-zA-Z0-9_]{2,20}@[a-zA-Z0-9_]{2,20}\.(co\.)?[a-z]{2,3}\b")

ACTION: warn, auto-flag

That should work, if you drop the removed_lines requirement and change added_lines to new_wikitext (AFT only provides new_wikitext and new_size). Rsterbin (talk) 17:38, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
Ah! Thanks! (I should have known that removed_lines would have been pointless!) I'll go implement the filter now if you would like. Reaper Eternal (talk) 19:53, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
That'd be great; thank you! Rsterbin (talk) 05:05, 15 April 2012 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Special:AbuseFilter/463. Reaper Eternal (talk) 21:17, 16 April 2012 (UTC)
If I understand correctly, the ability to filter feedback is not currently implemented, so I have not added this filter. Hope this helps! Reaper Eternal (talk) 13:49, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
AFT is currently filtering feedback, but the filters we have so far are only logging. Rsterbin (talk) 17:38, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
Thanks so much, Reaper Eternal and Rsterbin, this is absolutely wonderful! Our fearless community liaison, Okeyes (WMF), will be working with you and other top filter authors to coordinate our efforts for the wider release of these filters in coming weeks. To that end, he has started a section for this discussion on our article feedback talk page, where I encourage you both to chime in. Thanks again for all that you have done already to get this project under way, much appreciated! Fabrice Florin (talk) 00:04, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

Edit filter false positive

Can you please take a look at this false positive for edit filter 31? It seems to be the result of this change which you did. עוד מישהו Od Mishehu 05:29, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

I've updated the filter so this shouldn't happen in the future. It seems most of the ASCII dicks are not of that form anyway. Reaper Eternal (talk) 19:10, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

Sri Lanka

Hi. I've been getting lots of technical failures trying to remove "Distributor108" nonsense from Sri Lanka, and it looks like we have had an edit clash over it. If you can edit it without getting errors, I'm happy to leave it to you to judge. -- Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 20:00, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

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Didn't see that Bencherlite had turned it off.  :( Syrthiss (talk) 17:54, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

That's alright. I just flipped the autoblock on to stop that IP from producing more puppets. Reaper Eternal (talk) 19:31, 17 April 2012 (UTC)


We also have (all blocked) AndrewBrevikNorway (talk · contribs), (talk · contribs), (talk · contribs), (talk · contribs). Dougweller (talk) 13:01, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

Oh, wonderful! More puppets! Reaper Eternal (talk) 00:50, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

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Reaper, if you're on here at the second, is it possible you could take a look at the thread I just started at ANI? Not sure how far to go with it. Calabe1992 18:37, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

I really don't know what to make of it. (However, I'll hazard a guess that the account will get indeffed in a couple minutes for vandalism.) Reaper Eternal (talk) 18:40, 23 April 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not seeing anything right now, but, guess I'll watch it. Calabe1992 18:42, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

MSU Research Questions

Hello, I am involved with a research project for Michigan State University and am wondering if you would be able to answer a few questions regarding tool sets on Wikipedia. What were the tools you mainly used prior to becoming an admin, and after becoming an admin? Here is a link to the project if you are interested Wikipedia:United States Education Program/Courses/Wiki-Project Management (Jonathan Obar) , and if you have any questions please let me know. Thanks! Ltezl (talk) 22:28, 19 April 2012 (UTC)

I'm willing. Reaper Eternal (talk) 23:01, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
Sorry for the delayed response, still getting used to when people reply, where the notifications pop up etc. But I am interested in the toolsets you used before becoming an admin, if any, and after you became an admin. Things like basic editing, blocking, reporting etc. Thanks! Ltezl (talk) 03:18, 24 April 2012 (UTC)
Well, I had the rollback usergroup for about nine months prior to becoming an admin, and I used it extensively to revert vandalism to various articles. I also commonly used antivandalism scripts and programs that depended on having rollback, such as igloo and huggle. After several months, I became an edit filter manager to help prevent gross abuse of Wikipedia and its editors by several banned trolls. After several more months, HJ Mitchell nominated me to be an administrator, which passed unopposed, as can be seen here. Reaper Eternal (talk) 12:58, 24 April 2012 (UTC)
Thank you so much for your time and answers. This will work perfectly. Ltezl (talk) 14:23, 24 April 2012 (UTC)


Thanks for deleting my mistakes.  :) -- ТимофейЛееСуда. 20:27, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

You're welcome! Reaper Eternal (talk) 12:59, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

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I'm going to be incredibly busy soon so I'm ready to do some AfD analysis whenever your ready.—cyberpower ChatOnline 19:21, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

OK! Reaper Eternal (talk) 16:57, 11 April 2012 (UTC)
Are you ready?—cyberpower ChatOnline 13:35, 15 April 2012 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done I have completed the four AfD analysis. I know I did something wrong somewhere so I appreciate any input.—cyberpower ChatOnline 22:09, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done again.cyberpower ChatOnline 20:13, 19 April 2012 (UTC)

Hello Reaper, I am online today for a little bit and would love to go over my answers to the AfDs.—cyberpower ChatTemporarily Online 19:26, 23 April 2012 (UTC)
As I understand, you told me to message you when the mentor page falls out of the watchlist. I don't know how long your watchlist is but it's not visible in mine anymore.—cyberpower ChatAbsent 23:32, 26 April 2012 (UTC)
Just so you know. I violated WP:3RR on an article so you may block me if you like.—cyberpower ChatAbsent 00:26, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
For what purpose would I block? Try not edit warring next time. Reaper Eternal (talk) 12:38, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
Because according to policy, violating WP:3RR results in 24 hour blocks which escalates for repeated offenses. So I decided to admit my wrong-doings to my mentor.—cyberpower ChatAbsent 13:05, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
As an uninvolved editor in this failing RfA, I am asking you if I am allowed to perform a non-admin closure?—cyberpower ChatTemporarily Online 22:37, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
No. The bureaucrats have made it pretty clear that they want only bureaucrats to force-close RFAs. (Regular editors can still "close" an RFA after the candidate has withdrawn and when he does not know how to stop it.) I probably pushed the limits by snow-closing the previous RFA, but I am an administrator in decently good standing and the RFA was rapidly degenerating into a dramafest with plenty of insulting. Reaper Eternal (talk) 02:05, 28 April 2012 (UTC)
Ok. Thanks. BTW, I left a question for you on my mentor page.—cyberpower ChatAbsent 12:28, 28 April 2012 (UTC)

Indef vote

Hey Reaper, that vote from indef-blocked InToronto on Calabe's RfA, why can't that be struck? It kind of mars the RfA a bit. Thanks, Drmies (talk) 21:14, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

I agree that the vote is stupid, but votes are really only stricken when they are from sockpuppets, when users accidentally double-vote, or when the general consensus is that the vote is purely disruptive (which may be true in this case). Additionally, since the nominator struck it, it would likely reflect poorly on the candidate. Reaper Eternal (talk) 12:35, 27 April 2012 (UTC)