User talk:TJ Spyke

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Can you help me edit this page: to follow the same format as the distributors page, It is a lot of work and I would appreciate your help.

WikiCup 2010 June newsletter[edit]


We're half way through 2010, and the end of the WikiCup is in sight! Round 3 is over, and we're down to our final 16. Our pool winners were Australian Federation Flag.svg Ian Rose (submissions) (A), Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions) (B, and the round's overall leader), Colombia ThinkBlue (submissions) (C) New South Wales Casliber (submissions) and New Orleans TonyTheTiger (submissions) (D, joint), but, with the scores reset, everything is to play for in our last pooled round. The pools will be up before midnight tonight, and have been selected randomly by J Milburn. This will be the toughest round yet, and so, as ever, anything you worry may not receive the necessary attention before the end of the round (such as outstanding GA or FA nominations) is welcome at Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews, and please remember to continue offering reviews yourself where possible. As always, the judges are available to contact via email, IRC or their talk pages, and general discussion about the Cup is welcome on the WikiCup talk page.

Though unaffiliated with the WikiCup, July sees the third Great Wikipedia Dramaout- a project with not dissimilar goals to the WikiCup. Everyone is welcome to take part and do their bit to contribute to the encyclopedia itself.

If you're interested in the scores for the last round of the Cup, please take a look at Wikipedia:WikiCup/History/2010/Round 3 and Wikipedia:WikiCup/History/2010/Full/Round 3. Our thanks go to Bavaria Stone (submissions) for compiling these. As was predicted, Group C ended up the "Group of Death", with 670 points required for second place, and, therefore, automatic promotion. This round will probably be even tougher- again, the top two from each of the two groups will make it through, while the twelve remaining participants will compete for four wildcard places- good luck everyone! If you wish to start receiving or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn, Fox and The ed17


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May 2013[edit]

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You have been blocked indefinitely from editing for persistent disruptive editing. If you think there are good reasons why you should be unblocked, you may appeal this block by adding below this notice the text {{unblock|reason=Your reason here ~~~~}}, but you should read the guide to appealing blocks first.  The Bushranger One ping only 20:08, 31 May 2013 (UTC)
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This blocked user's unblock request has been reviewed by an administrator, who declined the request. Other administrators may also review this block, but should not override the decision without good reason (see the blocking policy). Do not remove this unblock review while you are blocked.

TJ Spyke (block logactive blocksglobal blocksautoblockscontribsdeleted contribsabuse filter logcreation logchange block settingsunblock)

Request reason:

I understand why I was blocked, and why some people don't think my edits (which never actually harmed articles, and actually improve them. And it annoyed me when a editor would revert the WHOLE edit instead of just the parts they feel were against the rules) were just beneficial to the site. I think enough time has passed that I have been able to reflect on it and change. I just want to be able to work on articles again and improve them, and will do my best not to violate the rules. I was actually working with an editor about making proposals to update the rules with common sense changes. I don't want to break any rules or be disruptive, I just want to be able to help and will do whatever I am asked to get my ban lifted. TJ Spyke 19:54, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

Decline reason:

I don't find this request particularly compelling, I think the best way forward would be if you indicated if you would be willing to abide by the conditions proposed below and them post a new unblock request. Beeblebrox (talk) 20:14, 11 October 2013 (UTC)

If you want to make any further unblock requests, please read the guide to appealing blocks first, then use the {{unblock}} template again. If you make too many unconvincing or disruptive unblock requests, you may be prevented from editing this page until your block has expired.

Hi TJ. In the future, there are bound to be things that will annoy you again; wikipedia is big, there are people that are somewhat annoying, and a text-only medium as wikipedia is bound to provide misunderstandings that might also annoy you. You have a history of literally years of ANI threads and blocks. Your past behavior around problematic behavior and blocks have seemed to have been, ignore people who point out problems in your behaviour, and when it comes to blocks to just sit them out, and not changing anything in your behaviour. From your request here, what I read is that you say you understand you deserved it, but really you were doing the right thing. It should be obvious from your block log now that it is not. So you now say you will be doing your best not to break the rules, but you said that before, and it didn't work out. I really can't see how it is any different now, and any effective unblock request should address that. Martijn Hoekstra (talk) 20:22, 7 October 2013 (UTC)
Although I know my edits were good and helpful, I understand that the admins in charge don't want those edits. So I would just avoid making those edits. I would try to get the community to adopt policy changes for stuff that would improve articles (and maybe stem the tide of editors leaving), but would follow the rules in place. I have improved in the past, like how I stopped engaging in edit wars (a problem I had early), so I can change and get better. I just want a chance to show I can do better, I have been a very good editor (I was one of the primary editors that got the Wii article to FA status) and my only problems are that fixing redirects is frowned upon. Even though it is just plain silly to be not allowed, I will abide by it. TJ Spyke 20:31, 7 October 2013 (UTC)
As a piece of friendly advice: Just avoid changing redirects altogether. Don't "fix" them for any reason. They are obviously a weak spot in your editing history and I have very little confidence that you even understand the community rules in this area. The edit history of your IP account shows that you've been making changes like this several times per month even since your current block was put in place. Not all are bad, but several clearly violate WP:NOTBROKEN. I don't think you have any self control when it comes to "fixing" redirects, so if you're allowed back from this third indef block, you should really resist the temptation to touch any redirects at all. -Thibbs (talk) 02:23, 8 October 2013 (UTC)
To the reviewing admin: If you are interested in restoring TJ Spyke's access, I'd strongly recommend that it be a conditional unblock based on a firm commitment by TJ Spyke to leave all redirects entirely alone from now on. And obviously he'd need to be monitored for a period to ensure his compliance. He's not a worthless editor by any means, but the problems he does have are utterly intractable in my opinion. The only way to control the issue would be to impose zero tolerance for his redirect "fixing" behavior. -Thibbs (talk) 02:23, 8 October 2013 (UTC)
What would be considered leaving all redirects alone? For example, would fixing a link from "Wrestlemania" to "WrestleMania" violate it? Or "North America Eastern Time Zone" to "Eastern Time Zone"? I.e. would I have to avoid changing any links, or what? Assuming I do get unblocked. TJ Spyke 02:43, 8 October 2013 (UTC)
Any unblock would be basically under probation. You seem quite capable of finding new and novel ways to do stuff that the community either doesn't want happening, or currently doesn't want you to do. I would like to discuss with your blocking admin and ANI the following unblock conditions:
  1. You are banned from changing the target of any wikilink for a year. If you would want to change [[Wrestlemania]] to WrestleMania, you'll use a piped link that conserves the target as in [[Wrestlemania|WrestleMania]]
  2. You will observe a 1 revert rule for six months
  3. For the duration of a year, any administrator can unilaterally place you under a topic ban for any topic and any length up to six months. In case you believe that a specific topic ban isn't justified, you may request the topic ban lifted on ANI. The topic ban will remain in effect until the discussion on ANI is closed as not to uphold the topic ban. You will not request revocation of a topic ban for 30 days after any request to lift a topic ban has not been granted. If you are placed under a topic ban under this provision, and it is not subsequently revoked, a new 12 month period starts
  4. You will place these conditions at the top of your talkpage for their duration.
These are fairly heavy conditions, but at the moment I'm personally not comfortable with more lenient conditions. If you agree to these, the next step will be discussing them with the admin that blocked you, and further discussion on AN. Martijn Hoekstra (talk) 17:33, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

WikiProject Good Articles's 2016-2017 GA Cup[edit]

WikiProject Good Articles's 2016-2017 GA Cup
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Greetings, all!

We would like to announce the start of the 4th GA Cup, a competition that seeks to encourage the reviewing of Good article nominations! Thus far, there have been three GA Cups, which were successful in reaching our goals of significantly reducing the traditionally long queue at GAN, so we're doing it again. Currently, there are over 400 nominations listed. We hope that we can again make an impact this time.

The 4th GA Cup will begin on November 1, 2016. Four rounds are currently scheduled (which will bring the competition to a close on February 28, 2017), but this may change based on participant numbers. We may take a break in December for the holidays, depending on the results of a poll of our participants taken shortly after the competition begins. The sign-up and submissions process will remain the same, as will the scoring.

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