User talk:Safety Cap

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Happy Valentine's Day!!![edit]

Happy Valentine's Day, to you and yours! Cheers, Grinding, grinding, grinding... what are we finding, finding, finding... (talk) 23:52, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

April 2015 Wikification drive.[edit]

Greetings! Just spreading a message to the members of WikiProject Wikify that the April drive has been started. Come on, sign up! :) One hand on the mouse, one hand on the keyboard... and the feet can do the rest! Hee-hee! (talk) 03:53, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Happy Easter![edit]

All the best! "Carry me down, carry me down; carry me down into the wiki!" (talk) 23:23, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

June 2015 Wikification drive.[edit]

Greetings! Just spreading a message to the members of WikiProject Wikify that the June drive has been started. Come on, sign up! :) "A wiki of beauty is a joy forever." Seriously. That's how long it'd take to read! (talk) 04:55, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

Bots[edit]


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F1 Challenge '99-'02 - F1 Challenge '99-'02. Edit war, spam and vandalism.[edit]

Hello, good afternoon there. I'm here for request a protection for the "EA Sports F1 Series" article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EA_Sports_F1_series).

On the last days, there were an edit war. This is because there is a user that doesn't stop spamming on the page, by dint of using Wikipedia as a sponsorship page for his Facebook page, for get people to download his multiple mod F1 Challenge 1988-2014. The afromentioned mod is composed by an amount of leeched stuff from their original authors (there are no 2012, 2013 and 2014 mods made from scratch, 1988 mod uses Dudi stuff, 1989 uses David Marques, Cheery, BMCM3 and MonteSky stuff, 1995 and 1996 uses CrashKing stuff, etc.) Since September, I'm restauring the article deleting spam daily. He even distorted on one ocassion a link referenced of the article I'm talking about.

(One more thing, you reverted one time his changes. Thank you for that.

Please, protect the page if you can. Banning the user solves nothing, because he utilises a dynamic IP.

Kins regards, --84.125.220.68 (talk) 15:42, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

Hi,
You appear to be eligible to vote in the current Arbitration Committee election. The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to enact binding solutions for disputes between editors, primarily related to serious behavioural issues that the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the ability to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail. If you wish to participate, you are welcome to review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. For the Election committee, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:16, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Your edit to my user talk page[edit]

What earthly use is it to anyone to know that I am one of the millions of customers of Virgin Media? If you read further down my user talk page you will see that this silly officious unsightly template has already been removed by another editor, so your re-addition of it constitutes edit-warring. Please find a better use for your time, such as doing something that actually helps build this encyclopedia, rather than throw silly templates around. 86.17.222.157 (talk) 21:37, 27 May 2016 (UTC)

The point is to identify possible vandalism from various anonymous users. I'm not sure I understand why it bothers you and why you don't "make it go away" by simply creating an account. I see that the previous discussion talked about not removing the notice, but then it was removed. You will keep seeing the notice added as this is a standard thing. Why not take 3 minutes and create yourself an account? — Safety Cap (talk) 21:46, 27 May 2016 (UTC)
You obviously haven't read and understood the discussion on my talk page, so please do so before deciding whether to argue this point further. And no, this is not "a standard thing", but something only done by officious editors who are not here to build an encyclopedia. Such a template might be useful if an IP address belongs to a school or employer and is so shared by many editors, but to have an unsightly template on my talk page to show that I am one of the four million or so customers of a major ISP is absolutely pointless. The ability to edit without registering an account is one of the very few non-negotiable policies here, being mandated by the Wikipedia Foundation rather than subject to community decision. 86.17.222.157 (talk) 21:57, 27 May 2016 (UTC)
You are absolutely correct that you can edit the encyclopedia as you see fit without having an account--I have never stated or suggested that you cannot. You are incorrect in assuming the talk page belongs to or refers to you. It does not. It belongs to the random customer of Virgin who happens to have a DHCP lease for that specific IP address at the time they are editing Wikipedia. When that IP address is tagged for vandalism, that info will go on the talk page. Was it you who vandalized? It doesn't matter: if the IP address is the source of enough vandalism, it will be blocked. Don't like it? Create an account. Don't want to create an account? That's a shame. — Safety Cap (talk) 22:14, 27 May 2016 (UTC)
Nope - my bad. It looks like Virgin has permanently assigned you the IP address. — Safety Cap (talk) 22:17, 27 May 2016 (UTC)
Double-nope - I was looking at the wrong record. — Safety Cap (talk) 22:18, 27 May 2016 (UTC)
Why not just ask me what the situation is with my IP address rather than try to work it out from inadequate "whois" records? It is that Virgin are not contractually obliged to maintain the same IP address for my internet connection but in practice they do. The only times that my address has ever changed are when my service has been upgraded. All of the edits made from this address apart from the one in 2007 are mine. 86.17.222.157 (talk) 08:28, 28 May 2016 (UTC)
Why does it bother you so much? I've updated several hundred anon talk pages in the same exact manner and you're the first one that has had a conniption, so I'm curious. — Safety Cap (talk) 18:06, 28 May 2016 (UTC)
Because, as I have already explained here, the template is unsightly and absolutely pointless. To repeat the question that I started this discussion with, and you haven't answered yet, what earthly use is it to anyone to know that I am one of the millions of customers of Virgin Media? Just because a template exists doesn't mean that it should be spammed to every talk page of an unregistered editor. Most editors subjected to such spamming won't bother to dispute it but will simply decide never to edit Wikipedia again. Your actions, although I'm sure you don't mean to do so, contribute to the unwelcoming atmosphere at Wikipedia that drives new editors away. Find something better to do that actually helps build this encyclopedia, which is what we are supposed to be doing here. 86.17.222.157 (talk) 18:40, 28 May 2016 (UTC)
So, in your view, the notice serves no purpose and is ugly. To answer your question, "what earthly use is it to anyone to know that I am one of the millions of customers of Virgin Media?" - that is not the correct question. The correct question is "what early use is it to anyone to know that 86.17.222.157 is assigned to Virgin Media?". Since you are unable or unwilling to actually READ the text of the notice, is to help with abuse mitigation. You have no understanding of what it takes to maintain this place; your misguided idea of "what we are supposed to be doing here" is pedantic at best. If the site was run your way it would shortly become a mishmash of youtube comments and unsubstantiated pet theories. Other than content creation there are a very large number of people involved in preventing abuse. If you can be bothered to learn a tiny bit, go view Recent anonymous edits for an hour and see how much crap is posted and how many articles are vandalized on an hourly basis. — Safety Cap (talk) 12:16, 29 May 2016 (UTC)
I have plenty of understanding of what it takes to maintain this place, and have no idea why you think that what you decribe would be "my way". A quick look at my contributions would show you that your assumptions about me are wrong. The point is that having that notice on the talk page associated with my IP address does nothing to help prevent the abuses that you describe. I see that you are interest in learning a tiny bit, so I would invite you to read Template:Shared IP#Caution. I've really had enough of this conversation, so you're welcome to have the last word but I won't be replying further. 86.17.222.157 (talk) 13:39, 29 May 2016 (UTC)