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Adoption offer!

{{Adopt offer|fltyingpig}} I saw that you had asked to be adopted through adopt-a-user! I'm fltyingpig (AKA pluma). I will give you a few fun tasks to do to help you learn to use Wikipedia and I will also answer any of your questions. If you wish to be adopted by me, please tell me on my talk page. Happy editing! pluma Ø 01:31, 9 October 2011 (UTC)

Okay, I got your message thanks! Mario Cerrito III has been on AfD since December 8, can you help speed up the process of either keep or delete. It could be embarrassing to the person. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:51, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

Wikimarkups 101

Hi! I'm happy to adopt you! Here is your first task. If you think this assignment looks big, don't worry. This will probably be your biggest assignment. If there is anything you want to know in particular, or if you have questions, please ask me on my talk page whenever you think of something.

Introduction to markups

The most important element of Wikipedia (in my opinion) are wikimarkups, so we will start there. To create your sand box page, click User:1966batfan/sandbox, where you can make test edits. Please complete the task there. When you have completed the task, I will give you another one.

You already know how to edit pages. The interesting bit, however, is getting things to look, well, interesting. There are a number of different bits of code that you can use in your editing to create different effects when the page is saved - they can be as simple as bold text or italics, but different bits of code can be combined to make a very appealing layout.

I should warn you that in most cases, special formatting is frowned upon in articles. It should only be used in certain situations, and when it is necessary to illustrate a particular point. Aside from those cases, text in articles should be just as you see it in this sentence - plain black, with only the occasional wikilink to spice things up.

What I'm going to do first is to show you where you can go to test all this out while you're reading. There are a few places: you can go to the main sandbox that everyone uses at Wikipedia:Sandbox. This is a special page that is cleaned out every hour automatically, that gives editors a place to play with new code and vandals a place to vandalize other than our articles. The only problem with the sandbox is this: Whatever you save there isn't likely to stay for long, and there is a high chance of you getting hit with a few edit conflicts. So, to avoid that, you can create your own sandbox! On Wikipedia, you are able to tack "subpages" onto your main user page to use for testing things out, writing new articles, or other projects like what we're doing here. Your sandbox page (User:1966batfan/sandbox) is a subpage of User:1966batfan. You can create user subpages by searching for the page you want to create in the search box. It won't find it, of course, however a red link will appear at the top of the page. Click on that, and edit away! For example, try searching for User:1966batfan/sandbox and creating it. Another place you can make test edits is in my sandbox in the guest area.


Here we go! These are the basic wikimarkups. You may know how to use some, but others you may not know.

This section is very basic. For more detailed information, see Help:Wiki markup

  • In order to make an internal link, type the page you want to link to and place two brackets on either side of the text. Example: for a link to the page dog, type "[[dog]]. If you wish to make a link to one page where you wish to type something other than the page name, write
 [[The page you want to link to|desired text]]

The pipe character (|) can be typed with shift+\. Internal links are generally only used to link to pages that could be confused with the pages subject, or pages that explain parts of the text without having to duplicate the material. However, no one will get mad at you if you use links for any other reason. If you make a link to a page that doesn't exist, the link will appear in red. If you click on the red link, it will give you the opportunity to create that page.

  • This isn't really a wikimarkup, but in order to make a carriage return, you must type enter twice for it to work. There are some exceptions to this, though.
  • The main exceptions for the above are bullets and numbering. To place a bullet, type an asterisk (*) at the beginning of a line. An indented bullet is two asterisks. You will not have to press enter twice to make a carriage return. To place numbering, type an octothorpe (#) at the beginning of a line. An indented number is two octothorpe. You will not have to press enter twice to make a carriage return while using numbering, either.
  • To indent, use the colon (:) at the beginning of the line. A double indent is two colons.
  • To place bold text, type
'''text you want in bold'''.

Bold is generally only used when you are repeating the page's title in the first sentence of an article or section. For example, in the page dog, the first sentence is, The dog is the domesticated form of a grey wolf (notice what is in bold). Bold text is not used for emphasis.

    • To place italicised text, type
''text you want in italics''. 

Note that there are three apostrophes for bold text and two for italics. Italics are usually used for emphasis, in stead of bold.

    • To place Bold and italicised text, use five apostrophes on either side of the desired text. Type
'''''Bold and italicised text'''''

Bold and italicised text is only used for emphasis on the title.

  • To insert an image type:
[[File:Example.png|thumb|Caption text]]. 

To search for pictures, click the magnifying glass in the search bar to enter the search bar. Uncheck all of the boxes in the "Search in namespaces:" section other than the one for file. Then search for what you want a picture of. To upload your own picture to the wiki, click on the "upload file" link in the toolbox section on the right side of the window under the Wikipedia logo. Once you have clicked the link, just follow the instructions they give you.

  • References! To sit your source, type
<ref>your source</ref>.
    • If you think their is text somewhere that needs a source, type
{{citation needed}}
    • When you make a citation, your citation will show up not where you cited it, but at the bottom of the page in the references section. If you are the first to site a source on a page, make a references section at the bottom of the page (==References==), then below the heading, type
"<references />".
  • External links: To use external links, type:
[Page'sURL desired text]

Internal links are generally used only in the

  • Last one: If you are wondering why the above examples have the text for markups, but aren't doing anything, it is because I placed nowiki markups around them. Nowiki markups, when placed around a markup, make the markup not work. To place Nowiki markups, type
<nowiki>Markup you don't want to work</nowiki>. 

Nowiki markups will be rarely used, just because they aren't very useful.


Use all of those wikimarkups at least once on your sandbox page (it doesn't have to be remotely coherent). I will check on the page and give you another task. If any of my instructions don't make sense, please tell me on my talk pageso that I can clarify. Happy editing! pluma Ø 23:01, 10 October 2011 (UTC)


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Hello, WNYY98. You have new messages at Fltyingpig's talk page.
Message added 23:17, 10 October 2011 (UTC). You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.

Talkbacks are ways to tell other users that they have messages on another user's talk page. To place a talkback, type the following text on the other user's talk page:

{{talkback|userpage where the message is|linked section}}  pluma Ø 23:17, 10 October 2011 (UTC)


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Hello, WNYY98. You have new messages at Fltyingpig's talk page.
Message added 01:24, 11 October 2011 (UTC). You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.

pluma Ø 01:24, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

An award for you!

Adopt-A-User Award.png Award of First Success
For completing your first task! Awards and barnstars are a way to show appreciation to editor's that make particularly good edits. We'll learn more about them later. But for now, happy editing! pluma Ø 01:58, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

Lesson 2: Vandalism

Unfortunately, not everybody edits Wikipedia in a a good way. When editors make edits that are not appropriate, we call this vandalism. To counter vandalism, there are many tools one can use to revert it, or remove it.

Introduction to vandalism

To start off, let's get some background. Wikipedia is, as you have probably figured out by now Face-wink.svg, a wiki, meaning anyone can edit virtually any page. This is both a blessing and a curse, however, as while it does allow a wide range of information to be added and shared, it also allows people with less than benevolent intentions to come in and mess around with stuff. It requires a fair amount of work during every hour of every day to ensure that this vandalism does not run rampant and destroy the project. Fortunately, with a near-endless supply of volunteers across the world, this doesn't really cause a problem. The addition of various tools help aid our cause and make the "reversion", or removal, of vandalism happen within minutes (sometimes seconds).

What we define vandalism as is "an unhelpful or non-constructive edit" to an article or other page. Most commonly, these are pretty blatant - replacing a whole page or section with curse words, simply removing entire sections, and so forth. Occasionally, it's less obvious, like changing key words in a section to completely alter the meaning. Basically, anything that can't be helpful at all to the article should be considered vandalism, however you should always remember to assume good faith for questionable cases.


The most commonly used, and arguably the most critical tool in this respect, is Special:RecentChanges. Recent Changes is a special page that lists every edit made across the project within the last few minutes. You can find a link to it in the toolbar to the left in the "toolbox" section. The page is formatted similarly to a page's history, with a few differences. Here's how a standard entry generally looks:

  • (diff) (hist) . . Shigeru Miyamoto‎; 14:32 . . (+28) . . (Talk) (→Competition with Sony and Microsoft)

So that you can know all the terminology (which in some cases will be used across the site), I'm going to explain what all of this means. Feel free to skip this if you've already clicked the links.

A "diff" is the difference between two revisions. Wikipedia has a special feature that allows you to compare revisions to see exactly what was changed. This is particularly useful when on vandal patrol, as this is the best thing available to tell you if the edit was or was not vandalism. Clicking on the link above will only take you to the help page on diffs, unfortunately, however an actual diff link will bring you to a screen that looks like this one, an actual diff of another article. Content removed appears in red text in a yellow box on the left; content added appears in red text in a green box on the right. The "hist" link will bring you to the page's history. You can click on the "hist" link above to get to the help page for this feature. A page's history lists all edits ever made to a page, something which is required under the terms of the GFDL, Wikipedia's licensing. The next link is the article that the edit was made to. The time stamp will indicate when the edit was made. The time will appear in your time zone, as you have it defined in your Special:Preferences. Note that this is different from signature timestamps, which are always in UTC/GMT time. The green or red number after the timestamp will tell you how much was added or removed to the article in the edit. A green "+" number shows the number of bytes added to the article - a red "-" number indicates the number removed. In general, the number of bytes is equal to the number of characters, however this is not always the case: Certain special characters can contain more than one byte, and templates can completely mess this number up. Templates will be covered in another lesson later on, however you will be using some in your patrols later. This number will be in bold if a very large number of characters were removed, which is usually a good indicator of vandalism. The next part is the name of the user who made the edit, which will link to their user page. In this case, an IP address made the edit, so the link will instead go to their contributions. Since most vandalism comes from these anonymous editors, this serves as another convenience to those on patrol. The user name is followed by a link to their talk page. The last part of a RC report is the edit summary. When editing a section of an article, the title of that section will automatically be included in the edit summary, as you see above. Other special edit summaries include "Replaced page with..." and "Blanked the page". In general, these last two are dead giveaways for vandalism edits, however you will occasionally see an editor blank his own user or user talk page, so be careful about that.

Types of vandalism

There are 20 recognized types of vandalism, but the following are the ones you will run into the most frequently. The complete list can be found at WP:VANDTYPES.

Blanking, illegitimate
Removing all or significant parts of a page's content without any reason, or replacing entire pages with nonsense. Sometimes referenced information or important verifiable references are deleted with no valid reason(s) given in the summary. However, significant content removals are usually not considered to be vandalism where the reason for the removal of the content is readily apparent by examination of the content itself, or where a non-frivolous explanation for the removal of apparently legitimate content is provided, linked to, or referenced in an edit summary.
Blanking that could be legitimate includes blanking all or part of a biography of a living person. Wikipedia is especially concerned about providing accurate and unbiased information on the living; blanking may be an effort to remove inaccurate or biased material. Due to the possibility of unexplained good-faith content removal, {{uw-test1}} or {{uw-delete1}}, as appropriate, should be used as initial warnings for content removals without more descriptive edit summaries.
Page creation, illegitimate
Creating new pages with the sole intent of malicious behavior. Includes blatant advertising pages, personal attack pages (articles written to disparage the subject), blatant POV pushes, hoaxes and other intentionally inaccurate pages. New users may sometimes create test pages containing nonsense or even autobiographies, and doing so is not vandalism, though such pages are normally speedily deleted. Also, creating a page on a topic that is simply not notable is not vandalism.
Silly vandalism
Adding profanity, graffiti, or patent nonsense to pages; creating nonsensical and obviously unencyclopedic pages, etc. However, the addition of random characters to pages is often characteristic of an editing test and, though impermissible, may not be malicious.
Talk page vandalism
Illegitimately deleting or editing other users' comments. However, it is acceptable to blank comments constituting vandalism, internal spam, or harassment or a personal attack. It is also acceptable to identify an unsigned comment. Users are also permitted to remove comments from their own user talk pages. A policy of prohibiting users from removing warnings from their own talk pages was considered and rejected on the grounds that it would create more issues than it would solve.
User and user talk page vandalism
Unwelcome, illegitimate edits to another person's user page may be considered vandalism. User pages are regarded as within the control of their respective users and, with certain exceptions, should not be edited without permission of the user to whom they belong. See WP:UP#OWN. Related is Wikipedia:No personal attacks.

Undoing vandalism

Undoing vandalism is fairly simple. When you see something in recent changes that could be vandalism, click on the diff link. You will then see two columns. The one on the left will be yellow, while the one on the right will be green. If the one on the left is vandalism, click on a link to the side of the green sections heading that says (undo). Check carefully before undoing an edit, though, because some edits that appear to be vandalism are not vandalism.


Go to Special:RecentChanges and find five places where there is vandalism. If you find vandalism, undo it. Pay extra attention to IP edits, for vandalism is done almost exclusively by IPs. Try to be very lenient on sort of bad new pages (these will be distinguishable in Recent Changes by the giant N next to the entry). If you don't see three examples of vandalism in one set of recent changes, just refresh the page and look for some. Please tell me the names of the pages you cleaned up on my talk page, as well why they are considered vandalism. Good luck! pluma Ø 02:48, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

Couple things

This is not vandalism, this is not a personal attack, and this is not vandalism. Eagles 24/7 (C) 02:34, 12 October 2011 (UTC)

New message at my talk page. Eagles 24/7 (C) 02:44, 12 October 2011 (UTC)

Lesson 3: Fun stuff

These are things you can do on Wikipedia that may be fun for you, for other users, or just things that aren't completely necessary.

User boxes

Crystal kthememgr.svg A userbox is a small rectangular box that looks like this.

Userboxes are ways to add pizazz to your userpage. They are somewhat controversial, for some think that they aren't appropriate for wikipedia. However, no one will get mad at you if you use them (I even got an award for my userboxes). All userboxes can be found here. Please do not add userboxes to any pages but your userpage and its subpages.

Userpage design centre

The userpage design centre is a place where one can learn how to design your userpage by adding subpages, menu's, backgrounds, et cetera. The instructions are pretty easy to follow, but pay most of your attention to the style section and the menus and subpages section.

Edit count

To get to your edit count, click on the "my contributions" link at the top of the page to the left of the "log out" button. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, where you will see a link that says, "Edit count". You will see statistics for your account. In the month counts section, it will ask you to create User:1966batfan/EditCounterOptIn.js with any content. Please do so, for it will be necessary for the homework.


Wikilove is a systems of awards, mostly called barnstars (don't ask me why). They are ways to show appreciation to other editors. It may be more fun to get them than receive them, but no one would get them if people didn't give them. All barnstars can be found at Wikipedia:Barnstars, but you can also get a Wikilove button on your toolbar to more easily give barnstars. To install this button, go to your preferences page, click on "editing", scroll down to "Labs features", and check the Wikilove box. When you go to any userpage, there will be a picture of a heart next to the "view history" button. Click on it and follow the directions to give barnstars. If you want to uninstall this button, just go back to your preferences and uncheck the Wikilove box.

Service Awards

Service awards are a way to document the number of contributions you have and how long you have been editing. To see the service awards, go to Wikipedia:Service awards.


Userbox homework

Add at least three userboxes to to userpage or to your sandbox page.

Userpage design centre homework

Use at least three elements from the design centre on your userpage or sandbox page.

Edit count

Tell me how many total edits you have, how many months you have been editing, and what percentage of edits were to talk pages.

Wikilove homeowork

Give barnstars to three different people for legitimate reasons. Two easy ways to find people to give barnstars to is by looking at the recent changes, or if you've interacted with another Wikipedian that qualifies for one, you can give it to them.

Service award homework

If you want to, you can give yourself a service award.

Tell me when you are done on my talk page. Happy editing! pluma Ø 23:07, 12 October 2011 (UTC)

Lesson 4: Copyright

Failure to adhere exactly according to policy can and will result in a block. Pay attention.

Wikipedia is as the slogan says, "The Free Encyclopedia". Unfortunately, this causes some problems when we use other materials that aren't so free, and other problems when we'd like to do something but really can't. Most of Wikipedia's text and many of its images are co-licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA)

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and the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL)

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These are copyleft licenses that allows for the free distribution of content under certain conditions. The main terms of this license are as follows:

  • Anything licensed under these must display a copy of the license (Wikipedia's is at the link I just gave you).
  • Any "derivative works", or works based on something licensed under the CC-BY-SA and GFDL, must be licensed under CC-BY-SA and GFDL.
  • Content licensed under the CC-BY-SA and GFDL may be modified, but must include a history of all changes and who made them when.
  • All content licensed under the CC-BY-SA and GFDL must be freely available or available under "fair use".

There are other terms to the license, but those are the most important for what is done on Wikipedia. Wikipedia displays a copy of the license, which is fully protected under the authority of the Wikimedia office. Whenever we make an edit, that edit is logged in the page's edit history, as well as your contributions. When a page is deleted, contributions to that page are hidden, but are still visible to administrators or "sysops". Certain page revisions may also be hidden from public view in the event of extreme circumstances, but are still visible to those with the authority to remove them for CC-BY-SA and GFDL compliance.

Unfortunately, these licenses does have some limit on what we can do. When merging pages, we cannot delete the page that is now empty, even if it serves little useful purpose even as a redirect. The contributions to that page, which provided the information that was merged out, must be kept logged so that people know where it came from and what changes were made when.

Public domain logo

Problems such as those, however, are rare, as the Mediawiki software is designed to be GFDL compatible. (As a side note, the software itself is available under a similar license, the GPL.) The most common issue, and the one that most frequently results in blocks, is copyright. Any registered user can upload an image or media file. If they created the image, they can license it under a free license such as the GFDL or a Creative Commons license, or release it into the public domain (Although if you use any of those options, it's recommended to upload the image to the Wikimedia Commons instead so any language Wiki can use it.)

Copyright symbol

Problems arise when people upload images that are not their own. Most images are under some form of copyright, even if it's not explicitly stated anywhere. This is usually the case with anything found on the internet. When these images are uploaded, Wikipedia must adhere to a very strict policy known as "fair use". What this basically is doing is giving us a reason to use an otherwise non-free image, on the basis that it is for educational purposes, using it has no measurable effect on the copyright holder's rights, and that we have no other alternative. The establishment of this reason is called the fair use rationale, part of a set of criteria that MUST accompany any fair use/copyright tag on Wikipedia. These criteria are:

  • A specific fair use tag (see link above) that describes what the image is.
  • The source of the image (this is usually a website, but could also be a book or magazine that you scanned the picture out of)
  • The image itself must be of low resolution. If it is high resolution, that version must be deleted and replaced with another (essentially, worse) version.
  • A fair use rationale explaining:
  • Where the image is to be used (This page MUST be in the main (article) namespace. Fair use images MUST NOT be used anywhere else)
  • That the image cannot be used to replace any marketing role or otherwise infringe upon the owner's commercial rights to the image
  • How the image is being used, in a way that fits within the fair use policy (i.e., identification purposes, etc.)
  • That there is no way the image can possibly be replaced with a free version
  • The image must have been previously published elsewhere

Only when an image meets all of these criteria may it be used. Fair use images must be used in at least one article (not "orphaned"), and articles using fair use images must use as few of them as possible. Any image that does not meet these criteria to the letter will be deleted. Any user that repeatedly uploads images not meeting these criteria to the letter will be blocked.

As a further note, I mentioned that fair use images must not be able to be replaced by a free alternative. What this basically means is, there is no way you, me, or anyone else could go out and take a picture of this same thing and release it under a free license. For example:

  • I could upload a picture of George W. Bush from the White House. Normally government works are automatically public domain, but let's say for the purpose of this discussion that the White House holds the copyright to that particular picture of the President. I can claim fair use, but the claim would be invalid because you could just as easily go to a speech Bush is giving and take a picture of him yourself. (That's what happened here) This is considered replaceable fair use and so would be deleted.
  • Person X could upload a picture of the Empire State Building from a marketing kit they distributed. This image would likely be copyrighted, and so they claim fair use. But I happen to have been to New York and have a picture of the ESB. I upload that instead and release it into the public domain. The first, copyrighted picture, is also replaceable.
  • For the article on the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I want to upload an image of their logo (visible in no great detail here). I go to their website and upload their version. This fair use is allowable, because no matter where or how they display their logo, it'll be under the same copyright. Since the simple art of scanning or taking a picture of a piece of work is not enough to justify my ownership of the rights to the image, there is no way to obtain a free version of the logo.

For a full description of the policies and guidelines concerning fair use, you should read the page at WP:FU.



  1. What are the eight free use rationale?
  2. What happens to users who repeatedly uploads that do not meet the criteria?
  3. What is "fair use"?
  4. Where can you go to learn more about fair use?

1. Copyright, Public Domain, Copyleft, and Copyfree Notdone.png incorrect

2. They are blocked Yes check.svg correct!

3. Giving a reason to use a non-free image Yes check.svg correct!

4. At WP:FU Yes check.svg correct!

There are eight free use rationale, not just four. What are the other four? pluma Ø 16:56, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

lesson 5: Twinkle

Twinkle is a user script designed and largely maintained by User:AzaToth, an administrator with a knack at coding scripts such as this. Twinkle allows a user-friendly interface that can automatically do a wide range of tasks, as well as providing non-administrators with admin-like tools. Chief among these, and the feature we're going to be using here, is "rollback", a reversion method that can undo multiple edits by a single editor at once. Rollback will undo all edits by the same editor, to the last revision made by a different editor. So, if Bob edits a page, then Vandal comes in and makes two edits, then you come in and rollback Vandal's edits, the article will be restored to Bob's version. This is different from the "undo" button, which can only do one edit at a time.

Until 2008, the official version of rollback was available only to administrators, due to its ability to undo a large number of edits with a single click of a button. As of January 9th, 2008, admins have been given the ability to grant other users the "rollbacker" permission mask, which allows non-admins the use of this feature. If and when you are given this permission, it provides an extra "[rollback]" link next to the undo button in page histories and diff pages. Long before then, however, Twinkle has allowed a similar version of rollback, with added compatibility for the other features offered by the script. Since you're new to the site, it is unlikely that an admin will be willing to grant you the permission yet - such tools are granted as a matter of earned trust and demonstrated knowledge of policy - so we're going to use Twinkle, which also lets you do other stuff anyway. It's really no big deal - I have been granted rollback permissions, but Twinkle is almost as efficient and lets you warn people as well as provide an edit summary. Other functions of Twinkle allow you to report vandals to administration for blocking, mark or propose pages for deletion, request protection of a page, and more.

Before we go on, I am not going to force you, by any means, to use Twinkle. I use it on a regular basis and enjoy the features it has, but that's just me. If you decide you'd rather not use it, you have no obligation at all to keep it. You can remove the script by following the installation steps in reverse.

Here's how to install Twinkle. Go ahead and do this now, so that you can follow the tasks further on:

  1. Go to your preferences page.
  2. Go to the Gadgets tab
  3. Check the box in the browsing section that says, "Twinkle"
  4. Go to any other page

If the script installed correctly, you should see another tab button at the top of the page that says "TW". This is Twinkle

Note regarding users removing vandalism warning templates from their talk page

Please note that the current policy states that users are allowed without penalization to remove vandalism warnings from their user talk pages, doing so indicates that they have read the warning template.


    1. Go to your sandbox page and click on the page history. Now we're going to revert things the Twinkle way.
    2. Click on the TW tab.
    3. Click on the "last" link (second from the bottom). This should now correspond with the edit you made to the page a few minutes ago.
    4. In addition to all the usual stuff you see on a diff screen, now you've got more buttons! These buttons are the Twinkle version of rollback. On the left, you'll see a brown "Restore this version" link. This will undo all edits back to that edition of the page. This shouldn't be used too often, although may be necessary if multiple vandals hit a page all at once. The ones you'll be dealing with are on the right side. There are three forms of rollback within Twinkle. All three work essentially the same way, and identically to the actual rollback feature I mentioned before. The difference between the three is the edit summary left by the script. For what you know is vandalism, click the red button only. If you're pretty sure the editor made a genuine mistake, but it still needs to be removed, then click the "AGF" button (stands for Assume Good Faith). The blue button in the middle generally won't be used, but it goes neither direction (does not assume good or bad faith).
    5. Now, to revert your edit, click the red button (we'll be treating you as a vandal just for this demonstration). A page will load and begin spitting out a bunch of lines of text, telling you what the script is doing.
    6. Sometime during the script's running, it will open a new tab or window. This new screen will have your talk page open for editing. This is so that you can give the vandal (in this case, you) a warning.
    7. At the top of your talk page (in the new window), you'll see a small tab that says "warn", which should appear right next to "watch/unwatch". Click on this now (don't worry, you won't be giving yourself a warning!)
    8. A blue box should appear. This form allows you to select a warning message to issue to the vandal. After you vandal-revert someone, the form will have some information already filled in for you. Leave this alone. What you are interested in are the two menus up top. The first one allows you to select the level of warning to issue. For a first-time vandal edit, you should usually select a "General Note (1)" warning. If the vandal has been given warnings previously, you can go to the next highest level they haven't been given yet. (If the last warning was a level 2, the next should be level 3, and so forth). In the second box, choose the most appropriate reason for the reversion and warning. "Vandalism" is rather general and vague, but sometimes is the best to issue. DO NOT CLICK SUBMIT. When you are done looking around, close the menu by clicking the red X.
    1. Go to Special:NewPages
    2. Read the text at the top.
    3. Sine newcomers are often discouraged when their first article is immediately tagged, we'll go to the older new pages. To do this, scroll down to the bottom and click "older 100".
    4. Find an article that is highlighted in yellow and click on it. Yellow highlighting indicates that the page has not been looked at yet.
    5. If you see any issues with it (maybe it has bad grammar, isn't formal, needs to be broken up into sections, or something else), click on the TW tab.
    6. Click on the option that says "tag"
    7. scroll through the list of tags until you find ones that apply to the article.
    8. Check all boxes that apply
    9. Click on "Submit Query"
    10. Do this for three articles, then tell me which articles they were when you are done.
    11. For bonus points (ie a barnstar), do the maintenance for which you tagged the article for.

When using Twinkle, be very careful about what you are doing and why. Twinkle is a very powerful tool, and because of this, it creates a great potential to cause great damage. Misuse of this tool, intentional or otherwise, can and will result in a block. You should not use the functions of this script until you understand how to do so. These will be explained to you in time. Even for those functions you do know how to use, if you are ever in doubt about what action to take in a situation, just don't take it. On patrol, there is always a more experienced editor just seconds behind you, so it'll be taken care of. As you do patrol, you'll become more and more confident about what it and what is not vandalism, and our next lesson on vandalism deals with those other kinds. Until then, good luck going on patrol! Please let me know as soon as possible if you have any questions. Happy editing as always.

Special Lesson: Igloo

igloo is a browser-based, JavaScript tool for handling vandalism on Wikipedia. I only give this task to adoptees whose main directive is to revert vandalism. Not only does add links to the location of the vandalism; instead, it implements a full in-browser GUI for watching recent changes, finding and reverting vandalism, warning users and reporting or blocking them. Since Igloo warns the users whose edits you revert with vandalsim warnings, Igloo should be used only to revert vandalism, not just any edit. For edits that should be undone, yet are not vandalism, undo them manually or use Twinkle. You can find details about igloo changes and development here.

igloo is in an alpha test. You are responsible for any actions your account performs with it, even if the action reveals a bug or is otherwise unexpected, so you have to be really careful when using it. It is so easy to revert vandalism with it that it is easy to make mistakes.

Screenshot of Igloo



igloo has the following operating requirements:

  • Mozilla Firefox 3+ or Google Chrome (igloo doesn't work with Internet Explorer or Safari)
  • Full JavaScript-enabled — JavaScript limitations may prevent it from running correctly
  • A fast internet connection
  • rollback rights


igloo is designed for, and compatible with, the monobook and vector skins — other skins are not guaranteed to work and your mileage may vary.

  • Add importScript('User:Ale_jrb/Scripts/igloo.js'); // [[User:Ale_jrb/Scripts/igloo]] to your monobook.js page or your vector.js page
  • Completely clear your browser cache. Bypassing the cache is occasionally ineffective, and may result in the igloo modules failing to communicate.
  • Be sure to add exceptions to any script blocking add-ons such as NoScript.
  • Go to this page and click "launch Igloo"

Using igloo

igloo is quite a large program, with several advanced features. To get the most out of igloo, including how to make full use of the vandalism detection engine and edit filters, you should make sure to have a look at the help page before using the program. The page contains full usage instructions, as well as tips for dealing with common errors. See igloo help.


igloo uses filters to detect common vandalism from the metadata, without the user having to view the page. This system helps to prioritise changes for people to view, improving vandal reversion efficiency. The built-in filters will detect many types of common vandalism, but it is nevertheless possible to create and manage your own filters, and disable filters if required.

Managing filters

Filters are managed from the 'filters' tab in the 'settings' panel, accessed from the cog icon. The list of filters attached to your account is on the left side of the window - filters you have disabled will be shaded red. It is not possible to edit the built-in filters, but they can be viewed by clicking the 'view filter' option. If you want to disable a filter, or re-enable one, view it and select 'enable/disable filter'.

Creating filters

New filters are created by clicking the 'New filter' button. Your filter will be assigned a random ID, and immediately appear in your filter list. To edit the filter, click the edit button next to it.

Filters are executed on the metadata of all changes when they are retrieved from the Wikipedia API. A filter consists of a set of conditions and a set of events. If all the conditions of the filter are found to be true, the events will be executed on that change. The filter code is very forgiving - events and conditions can be in any order, and the filter will still operate. Important note: because the filters are executed before the user views the page, they cannot operate on the content of the page.

if [summary/oldsize/newsize/changesize/tags/title/user/score] [NOT/!] [regexmatch/contains/==/</>] [your value]
NB. only include NOT or ! if you wish to negate the condition

set [score/id] [absolute/relative] [your value]
set comment [your value]

Data inclusion
igloo will automatically replace certain data terms with the relevant data in [your value] sections, in order to perform comparisons. The syntax is %DATA##%, where ## is either ME or a number between 0 and 10. The data points are as follows:
%DATA0% = page title
%DATA1% = user who made the change
%DATA2% = revision id
%DATA3% = new page (true or false)
%DATA4% = igloo score of the change (from 0 - 1.0 unless modified by another filter) at the time of execution
%DATA5% = change flags
%DATA6% = old length of the page
%DATA7% = new length of the page
%DATA8% = length change (e.g. newlen - oldlen)
%DATA9% = edit summary
%DATA10% = edit filter tags for this edit
%DATAME% = your username

Lines that start with // are comments, and will be ignored. Note that the // must be followed immediately by a space, or the filter will not parse.


Since this tool requires rollback rights, and I see that your primary focus for editing Wikipedia is for reverting vandalism, I would suggest you go to Wikipedia:Rollback feature to get rollback rights. Please read all the text on that page, for you will need it if you get the feature. Once you have read that page and also Help:Reverting carefully, you can request rollback rights here. If you receive rollback rights, launch Igloo and revert three cases of vandalism, while remembering that Igloo should be used only to revert vandalism, not just any edit. pluma Ø 21:54, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

Jut checking in. Are you doing all right? Did you request rollback rights? If they don't give them to you, tell me so that I can give you your next assignment. Happy editing! pluma Ø 01:24, 25 October 2011 (UTC)


Thank you for your reverts of that IP's edits. That guy has become a pain in my backside. Thanks for being alert and on the trigger. Cheers! ---RepublicanJacobiteTheFortyFive 00:56, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

Adoption page

I have created a page that contains all the adoptee tasks here. If you have any questions, let me know, and happy editing as always! pluma Ø 19:39, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

Not tagging Fat ladys are so big

We have {{db-vandalism}} for that kind of stuff. →Στc. 20:03, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

You can use twinkle to nominate articles for speedy deletion. If you think the creation of a page is pure vandalism, go to your TW tab and click on CSD. It will ask you why the page is considered vandalism. But be careful to assume good faith before nominating articles for speedy deletion. pluma Ø 01:22, 31 October 2011 (UTC)


I see that you have been blocked a few times. I would suggest, in order for you to prevent being blocked more, that whenever you see an edit that you think is vandalism, assume that it is not sneaky vandalism. Sometimes, if you think an edit was not necessary, but was made in good faith, just revert it and tell the user why you reverted it, instead of warning them. Thank you and happy editing! pluma Ø 01:18, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

The vandal

Thanks for creating the checkuser report, I think it's rather an assumed result. He is bent on vandalism now, having not gotten his way on a very trivial matter, and he will end up blocked as all vandals do. Thanks for paying attention. Cheers! ---RepublicanJacobiteTheFortyFive 01:33, 1 November 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for pointing me to Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/ I knew there was a problem, but it is evidently bigger than I realised. JamesBWatson (talk) 21:32, 1 November 2011 (UTC)
Please also take note of this conversation, which has led to a misunderstanding between another administrator and I. ---RepublicanJacobiteTheFortyFive 21:46, 1 November 2011 (UTC)

Linked Converation

The linked conversation is NOT a misunderstanding.. The other user rightfully chastised republicanjacobite for edit wars. (talk) 05:16, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

Batfan, I saw that you removed this text and marked it as vandalism. However, someone contacting you one your userpage, even if formatted incorrectly, is not vandalism. pluma Ø 00:27, 4 November 2011 (UTC)


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pluma Ø 22:53, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

Speedy tagging

According to Deletion policy, as given at WP:CSD, schools are not eligible for deletion as A7. Middle schools are in fact not generally deleted, but merged into the town or school district, and I so indicated on the page for Briarcliff Middle School. Their Quiddich team is another matter, and I deleted that one. Good work with catching all the school vandalism, by the way. ~


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Assuming good faith

Please remember to assume good faith when dealing with other editors. Thank you. I see that you have been repeatedly reverting edits to your userpage when people whose edits you reverted are trying to explain why they made those edits. However, these are not considered vandalism. To avoid having people revert your edits, please be careful as to which edits you revert and to remember to assume that every edit you see was made in good faith. Only revert ones that are blatantly posting nonsensical or rude content on pages. Happy editing as always! pluma Ø 19:37, 12 November 2011 (UTC) pluma Ø 19:37, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

Help me

{{admin help}} I would like someone to help me create a long-term abuse report for User:Yourname, a vandal who has been blocked since April 2009 and in recent days has resurfaced on a botnet using many different IPs. His trademark: A suicide note with text as follows: "HELP ME I FEEL LIKE IM GOING TO KILL MYSELF". One IP vandalized my talk page today, causing it to be protected. On ANI, there is a discussion about a ban being placed on this user, which was thought of by User:Jasper Deng. (I was the one who thought of filing the LTA report)--1966batfan (talk) 21:12, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

I'd say no. WP:DENY explicitly states "Vandalism is encouraged by offering such users exceptional notice" - he just wants attention. Let's just revert, block, ignore. I'd say yes to an edit filter, though. HurricaneFan25 00:17, 16 November 2011 (UTC)
I agree, the user is blocked. If he comes in as an IP, then all one can do is revert and block. If you see a lot, then keep a record of the IP addresses - if it gets excessive and the IP range is not extensive, then a WP:rangeblock can be requested.
A rangeblock won't work for him because he uses open proxies.Jasper Deng (talk) 01:08, 16 November 2011 (UTC)


Would you consider filing a long-term abuse report for User:Yourname, a vandal who has been blocked since April 2009 and in recent days has resurfaced on a botnet using many different IPs. His trademark: A suicide note with text as follows: "HELP ME I FEEL LIKE IM GOING TO KILL MYSELF". One IP vandalized my talk page today, causing it to be protected. On ANI, there is a discussion about a ban being placed on this user, which was thought of by User:Jasper Deng. (I was the one who thought of filing the LTA report)--1966batfan (talk) 20:38, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

To be honest i am not familiar enough with this particular vandal to file an LTA report on him or her. I only recognized this particular editor yesterday because i noticed multiple vandalism edits with the same modus operandi the day before that. Other then that i am not aware of any history surrounding this particular user, so it would be somewhat odd for me to file a report on this. Probably the best course of action is suggesting the LTV report in the ANI discussion, and then seeing if other people agree with it. Excirial (Contact me,Contribs) 19:07, 16 November 2011 (UTC)
Also Yourname is attacking other pages. I have come across 3 IP socks in the last half hour.Andrew Kurish (talk) 23:40, 2 December 2011 (UTC)
Let's not give him unneeded attention. 99% of the time, the IPs are open proxies, so it would do no good to block them for a long time.Jasper Deng (talk) 23:43, 2 December 2011 (UTC)
Concerning what you posted on Fastily's talk page, I think Yourname's userpage is a better place for any further abuse info.Jasper Deng (talk) 00:07, 4 December 2011 (UTC)


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A cupcake for you!

Choco-Nut Bake with Meringue Top cropped.jpg Thanks for reverting the vandalism to my talk page Oddbodz (talk) 21:27, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

SPI cases

Hi. I saw you've opened a few SPI cases in the past few days. While we appreciate your help, you may want to investigate the circumstances a little more before opening a case. For example, if one account is blocked as a username violation, them having another account is allowed. And just because one username resembles another doesn't mean that they're the same. Cases are usually determined on behavioral evidence, so when you open a case, you should provide more concrete evidence. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Thanks. — HelloAnnyong (say whaaat?!) 01:04, 7 December 2011 (UTC)

December 2011

Information.svg Hello 1966batfan. Thanks for patrolling new pages – it's a very important task! I'm just letting you know however, regarding Jorge Robins, that tagging articles for speedy deletion moments after creation as lacking context (CSD A1), content (CSD A3) and articles created through the Article Wizard, is too fast. It's best to wait at least 10–15 minutes for more content to be added if the page is very short, and the articles should not be marked as patrolled. Attack pages (G10), blatant nonsense (G1), pure vandalism (G3), and copyright violations (G12) should of course be tagged and deleted immediately. Thanks. →Στc. 00:52, 11 December 2011 (UTC)

A kitten for you!

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Debollweevil (talk) 03:14, 15 December 2011 (UTC)

A kitten for you!

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Debollweevil (talk) 03:15, 15 December 2011 (UTC)

Please unrevert the Adm. Mullen edit to the Obama article

That edit was not vandalism. It is inappropriate to revert without explanation. Please unrevert. Thank you. William Jockusch (talk) 18:59, 13 May 2012 (UTC)

Hello? Please do not ignore this issue. Thank you. William Jockusch (talk) 16:42, 14 May 2012 (UTC)

A pie for you!

A very beautiful Nectarine Pie.jpg Hi, you're cool, here's a pie Rory Talk 02:12, 16 September 2012 (UTC)

Inappropriate tagging

In this edit you added {{lead too short}} and {{cleanup}} with "reason=very short", to a single-paragraph stub. Neither of them was appropriate. The tag to add would have been {{stub}}. It would also have been useful to add a "References" section and {{reflist}}, as the page was displaying the red "Cite error" message saying that this was missing, while you were editing the article. Please take more care. Thanks. PamD 23:07, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

Guess what today is... or a couple of days ago was

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Sincerely, B-watchmework (talk) 01:07, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Catalan Haute cuisine speedy declined

adequate context Dlohcierekim 15:21, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

Unblock request

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Block message:

Autoblocked because your IP address was recently used by "Chickenofgodsrectum". The reason given for Chickenofgodsrectum's block is: " Your account has been blocked indefinitely because it has become apparent that it is being used only for vandalism. Furthermore, your username is a blatant violation of our username policy, meaning that it is profane; threatens, attacks or impersonates another person; or suggests that your intention is not to contribute to the encyclopedia (see our blocking and username policies for more information). We invite everyone to contribute constructively to our encyclopedia, but users are not allowed to edit with inappropriate usernames, nor is trolling or other disruptive behavior ever tolerated. If you think there are good reasons why you should be unblocked, you may appeal this block by adding the text {{unblock-un|new username|reason=Your reason here ~~~~}} on your user talk page, but you should read the guide to appealing blocks first. ".

Accept reason:

Autoblock lifted. Closedmouth (talk) 15:42, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

A Tesla Roadster for you!

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Thank you for contributing to Wikipedia! Gg53000 (talk) 15:11, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

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Your request for rollback

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Hi 1966batfan. After reviewing your request for rollback, I have enabled rollback on your account. Keep in mind these things when going to use rollback:

  • Getting rollback is no more momentous than installing Twinkle.
  • Rollback should be used to revert clear cases of vandalism only, and not good faith edits.
  • Rollback should never be used to edit war.
  • If abused, rollback rights can be revoked.
  • Use common sense.

If you no longer want rollback, contact me and I'll remove it. Also, for some more information on how to use rollback, see Wikipedia:New admin school/Rollback (even though you're not an admin). I'm sure you'll do great with rollback, but feel free to leave me a message on my talk page if you run into troubles or have any questions about appropriate/inappropriate use of rollback. Thank you for helping to reduce vandalism. Happy editing! — MusikAnimal talk 16:24, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Your recent reports to AIV

Hey there, thanks for helping fight vandalism. Please note it is rather important to properly warn users once they've vandalized. I'd like to say most admins will not block if no warning was ever issued. There is a notice atop WP:AIV explaining this practice. If you use Huggle or STiki the warnings and AIV reports will occur automatically. Otherwise I recommend using Twinkle to issue the warnings manually. See Wikipedia:Vandalism#Warnings for more information. Thanks — MusikAnimal talk 15:20, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Also these edits that you reverted ([1] [2]) were made in good-faith, and rollback should not be used in such cases. Instead, fix the error and let the user know about it. See Wikipedia:Rollback#When to use rollback for more information. Please try to be more careful, thanks — MusikAnimal talk 15:32, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
Allow me to further clarify, actually. With good-faith edits, you can use Twinkle's good-faith revert feature (Huggle and STiki also have one), then supply an edit summary explaining what was wrong with the edit. The user is notified of the revert, so assuming your edit summary is detailed enough, a talk page message may then not be necessary. Thanks again for counter-vandalism efforts — MusikAnimal talk 15:41, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

saving my pages?

any chance we could work together. to get more info? ty. --Hellapad20201 (talk) 14:55, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

Speedy deletion contested: Systrion

Hello WNYY98. I am just letting you know that I contested the speedy deletion of Systrion, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: Tagging as unambiguous advertisment. Thank you. Osarius - Want a chat? 15:24, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

UAA instructions

Please review UAA posting instructions here, you should not report accounts that have not edited. Than you, Mlpearc (open channel) 18:14, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

2015 NCAA Division 1 revert

Don't do a rollback unless you know what you're doing. I was putting in the final scores for the past few games that just ended. TheMeaningOfBlah (talk) 01:55, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open!

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) 16:45, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

December 2015

Information icon Hello, I'm Betty Logan. I noticed that you made a change to an article, List of most expensive films, but you didn't provide a reliable source. It's been removed and archived in the page history for now, but if you'd like to include a citation and re-add it, please do so! If you need guidance on referencing, please see the referencing for beginners tutorial, or if you think I made a mistake, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Thank you. Betty Logan (talk) 21:00, 25 December 2015 (UTC)

New deal for page patrollers

Hi WNYY98,

In order to better control the quality of new pages, keep out the spam, and welcome the genuine newbies, the current system we introduced in 2011 is being updated and improved. The documentation and tutorials have also been revised and given a facelift. Most importantly a new user group New Page Reviewer has been created.

Under the new rule, you may find that you are temporarily unable to mark new pages as reviewed. However, this is nothing to worry about - most current experienced patrollers are being accorded the the new right without the need to apply, and if you have significant previous experience of patrolling new pages, we strongly encourage you to apply for the new right as soon as possible - we need all the help we can get, and we are now providing a dynamic, supportive environment for your work.

Find out more about this exiting new user right now at New Page Reviewers and be sure to read the new tutorial before applying. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 04:29, 13 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open!

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, WNYY98. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority 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 in the 2016 election, please review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:08, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

Sine dicendo A1 tag

Just as an FYI I removed your CSD tag from Sine dicendo. The topic of the article was discernible, and thus not eligible for CSD A1. The article is a type of figure of speech and a stub. It could use some references, but is a worthwhile topic. TonyBallioni (talk) 04:05, 4 December 2016 (UTC)

Asheville, North Carolina

Thanks for your note on my talk page. Most of my edits are to articles about US cities and towns, and the climate section is an area that is heavily vandalized, even by non-IP editors. When I saw this edit, with no edit summary and no source or update to the access date in the existing source, it had all the signs of a vandal so I reverted. Thanks for clearing this up. Cheers. Magnolia677 (talk) 11:02, 10 December 2016 (UTC)

December 2016

Information icon Thank you for making a report on Wikipedia:Administrator intervention against vandalism. Reporting and removing vandalism is vital to the functioning of Wikipedia and all users are encouraged to revert, warn, and report vandalism. However, it appears that the editor you reported may not have engaged in vandalism, or the user was not sufficiently or appropriately warned. Please note there is a difference between vandalism and unhelpful or misguided edits made in good faith. If the user continues to vandalise after a recent final warning, please re-report it. Thank you. -- samtar talk or stalk 10:29, 12 December 2016 (UTC)


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RFC/N discussion of the username "TNPoliticsNews"

Information.svg A request for comment has been filed concerning the username of TNPoliticsNews (talk · contribs). You are invited to comment on the discussion here. Linguist If you reply to me here, please add {{ping|Linguist111}} to the start of your message 19:26, 18 December 2016 (UTC)

Reverting a user's removal of messages from their talk page

Hi WNYY98. I noticed that you reverted a user's removal of messages from their talk page. Per WP:UP#CMT, this is permissible and such edits shouldn't be reverted except for certain circumstances. Even if they do remove messages, it is still forever available in the page history, which they can't remove without the admin bit. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 21:24, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Thank you, I felt it was worth doing because what they said translated to "This is my page and stop editing without my authorization", I don't think that's the kind of attitude one should have on their talk page. --WNYY98 (talk) 21:33, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Your AIV reports

You tend to report too early. Please don't. (Example [3] - this is not bad-faith vandalism, and the user hasn't edited past 1st-level warning.)Materialscientist (talk) 22:31, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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For an absolutely astounding level of diligence in keeping Zach Zenner free of vandalism in the middle of a game Karunamon Talk 02:54, 27 December 2016 (UTC)
  • It's halftime here too, but if play and vandalism resume, feel free to drop me a line if you see it happening. I have no problem with semi-protecting or with immediately blocking obvious vandals. Thanks for your help in keeping it clean. Drmies (talk) 03:00, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

Removed section

Did you actually look at what I removed? It was an empty section that used to contain a "former logo" image that has been deleted. Do you have a reasonable expectation that the section will be filled in the future? If not, the section should be removed. - (talk) 23:49, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

Thank you, I restored your changes, jumped the gun due to the "section blanking" tag applied to your edit. --WNYY98 (talk) 23:53, 27 December 2016 (UTC)


You really think that the same article needs to be linked in adjacent paragraphs, practically in adjacent sentences? Doesn't seeing something recurrent linked every time or almost every time it appears seem excessive to you? Nothing is sillier than seeing something in blue every time it appears in an article, and this looked like it was heading that way to me. 2600:1004:B122:B0C0:3194:3D09:9447:AA6C (talk) 22:13, 28 December 2016 (UTC)

Thank you, I have restored your revision. WNYY98 (talk) 22:16, 28 December 2016 (UTC)

re: User talk:

Hi, wnyy98. Yes, I admit my last edit was a little problematic. I should have left it to other registered users to get the job done. My fault. Fortunately, problems about 'Nasty' entry and others solved very quickly. [4] Happy winter season, and keep up the good work. (talk) 10:58, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

Edit conflict?

Hi WNYY98,

I'm searching for people who may have been bit by a particular bug. Do you remember anything about what was going on with this edit? Please {{ping}} me with any information you might have. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 19:22, 30 December 2016 (UTC)

Why would you revert my edit

When it should be 300? (talk) 05:23, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Likely because you had been previously reverted by an admin, our mistake. I warned the IP who set it at 900. Thanks. WNYY98 (talk) 05:25, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Help me!

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Please help me with getting a response to an RPP request for P.J. Fleck, vandalism in progress WNYY98 (talk) 21:57, 5 January 2017 (UTC)

Sometimes RPP requests take a while. Any vandalism will be reverted when the page is protected. Primefac (talk) 22:03, 5 January 2017 (UTC)


Thanks for your revert here. Of course, this SPI case still isn't over. --JustBerry (talk) 04:58, 8 January 2017 (UTC)


Accident? --JustBerry (talk) 23:17, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

Yes, was trying to add an IP and edit conflict occurred. WNYY98 (talk) 23:21, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

WP:UAA reports on users with no edits

Thanks for your recent reports at UAA. However, there is one type of report that is not needed or helpful: reports of users with no edits at all that are run-of-the-mill WP:ORGNAME or WP:NOSHARE violations. Per WP:UAAI :"Wait until the user edits. Do not report a user that hasn't edited unless they are clearly a vandal. We do not want to welcome productive editors with a report at UAA, nor do we want to waste our time dealing with accounts that may never be used." The exceptions are obvious hate speech or names that attack a living person/Wikipedia editor, those are blockable even without any edits, but other types of violations need not be reported unless and until they at least attempt to edit.

For whatever reason, every day dozens, if not hundreds of accounts are created that never make one single edit. It is our reposnibility as admins to conscientiously review every report a user makes at UAA, so we have to check for contribs, deleted contribs, and tripping of the edit filter for every one of these reports, only to find out there's nothing there and therefore no problem to be solved. So we add the {{wait}} tag to the report, it goes to WP:UAA/HP for a week or more, and must then be reviewed again to see if the account has since become active before removing it. That's time that could be spent doing more productive things, but you basically obligate admins to do it by making such reports.

Again, I thank you for taking the time to help locate and deal with problematic usernames, just skip reporting these type of names if they have no edits. Beeblebrox (talk) 21:37, 13 January 2017 (UTC)

I'd like to reiterate the above advice. WNYY98, you've reported several usernames today before the accounts became active - this not only worsens the UAA backlog, but has the unintended effect of plastering "disruptive", "misleading", and "promotional" names all over the site, when they would otherwise simply fall through the cracks; see also the Streisand effect. Please avoid reporting accounts for username violations until after they've edited. Thanks! – Juliancolton | Talk 23:30, 15 January 2017 (UTC)

Please stop doing this. You are wasting the time and effort of the few admins who work UAA. Beeblebrox (talk) 23:11, 18 January 2017 (UTC) my bad, didn't see the newer posts below where you and Julian are discussing this. Beeblebrox (talk) 23:53, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Declined speedy deletion nomination of God Endymion

Hello WNYY98. Speedy deletion work is important and I do appreciate the effort. I would just ask that you please review the criteria carefully because accuracy is also important. On that issue, I have declined your speedy deletion nomination of God Endymion as an article that does not credibly indicate the importance or significance of the topic under CSD A7. That criterion did not apply because it is only for articles on real persons or groups, individual animals, organisations, web content and organised events. This article's topic is not within the ambit of that list. Adam9007 (talk) 17:53, 15 January 2017 (UTC)

I also endorse the above comments by @Adam9007:. The article was clearly a mess, but not within A7. A bit of intuition showed the author had tried to copy and paste Lolth's browser text and modify it. I've now done so for them. This sort of tagging is an easy way to lose contributors. Matthew Thompson talk to me! 18:12, 15 January 2017 (UTC)

A little trigger happy, perhaps?

I can't see a good reason you reverted 25 edits that weren't vandalism. I assume you meant to revert just the removal of the AfD tag. What you ended up doing is removing a bunch of citations and discouraging a new editor. Abusing Twinkle can be a cause to have your rollback flag removed. In the future please be more careful. Chris Troutman (talk) 18:32, 15 January 2017 (UTC)

Indeed WNYY98 (talk) 22:29, 15 January 2017 (UTC)

Hi there. I fear the same applies to your reversion of an edit at Languages of Tanzania, and subsequent warning to User:Abby1614. Cluebot warnings at a user's page aren't reliable indications that all the user's edits are unconstructive; and in this case Cluebot got it wrong. Please take more care using rollback. I've removed the warnings from the user's talk-page, and substituted a Welcome message. Haploidavey (talk) 11:01, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
More worryingly, your talk-page shows that you've been warned and advised on several occasions to take care with rollback, tagging and warnings. You do useful work here, but take care not to discourage good-faith editors who haven't quite got the hang of things. Everyone who edits Wikipedia was once a newcomer. Haploidavey (talk) 11:16, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

UAA reports on users with no edits

I'm not sure if you've noticed the above messages regarding your UAA reports, but since I haven't seen a response, I'll post again. Per the UAA instructions, please avoid reporting accounts with no edits, as you continue to do. It creates unnecessary work for admins and UAA clerks, and could ultimately be seen as disruptive. Your cooperation is very much appreciated, as are your efforts to enforce the username policy. Thanks. – Juliancolton | Talk 14:27, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

For future reference, editless usernames should only be reported if they are extremely blatant such as I like vandalizing wikipedia, while a username that is promotional-sounding such as Corporate Solutions should generally wait until edits are made? Thanks

Yes, that sounds fair. Thank you for the response! – Juliancolton | Talk 22:50, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

I still find myself toeing the line with certain usernames, especially promotional/shared use ones due to uw:softblock. I think the question is now, when is a username worth softblocking, since most with edits have a tendency to be hardblocked Thanks. WNYY98 (talk) 23:46, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Not so sure about that, I usually soft block if they only have a few edits. Most of these folks aren't acting in bad faith really, they've just gotten used to any free, user generated website being a place where they can just go ahead and start promoting things and don't get that Wikipedia isn't like that. If they're being super aggressive about it I will opt for the hard block, but I think admins are mostly on the same page that most of the time a soft block is an appropriate response. That was the consensus last time we had a big discussion about it, but that's been a few years. Beeblebrox (talk) 23:52, 18 January 2017 (UTC)


Dude, Its just something about Napoleon, IDK if you have any idea or if your an admin, but its all true stuff, from resources Ive actully trust, if you want, do something or such, just know that its called editing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:49, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

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Vic Micolucci

Hi, I removed your Speedy on Vic Micolucci. Just to explain, a bio of a person can't be an A11, "made up." That criteria only counts for an invented word or concept. If the bio was a complete fiction, then it would count as a hoax, a G3. If the person is completely unremarkable it's an A7 {{db-person}}. All the critieria are here if you want to see what I mean. As this is a person with real links showing possible notability the way to go with that article would be to list it at Articles for Deletion instead. JamesG5 (talk) 04:59, 25 January 2017 (UTC)

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I wanna help from you... QudamaRafiq (talk) 19:43, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

Premature AIV reports

Please ensure that the accounts and IPs that you are reporting to AIV have been appropriately warned prior to reporting them (as is clearly stated in the instructions labelled "important!" in the green box at the top of the page). I've seen many reports from you where the editor has only a single warning or the warnings are stale. It doesn't matter if the edits are being caught in the edit filter, they still need to be warned appropriately before being blocked.--Jezebel's Ponyobons mots 20:27, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

Interestingly, I see that other admins have made the same request to you previously. Is there a reason you aren't modifying your behaviour to ensure that editors are appropriately warned before running to AIV? Such reports are a drain on admin resources and can end up being as disruptive as the vandalism itself if not reigned in.--Jezebel's Ponyobons mots 20:34, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

Snowflakes - 2600:387:9:5:0:0:0:73

Hi WNYY98. Could you explain why you put a level-3 warning on User talk:2600:387:9:5:0:0:0:73 in the first instance for their edit to snowflake? The edit wasn't helpful, clearly, and I was in the process of undoing it myself, but it seemed well-intentioned, just a misunderstanding about what Wikipedia is for. I'm relatively new and getting used to the warnings levels so would like to learn from this. Mortee (talk) 22:56, 30 January 2017 (UTC)

I felt it was appropriate due to being bad faith in nature...usually level 1 is appropriate for 1st unconstructive edits unless they are obvious bad faith. If extremely blatant, use a level4im warning. I tend to be a hardliner when it comes to vandalism however, so keep that in mind.

Thanks. Will do. Mortee (talk) 09:06, 31 January 2017 (UTC)


Per WP:INTDABLINK, please never do this. Cheers! bd2412 T 05:28, 31 January 2017 (UTC)

Red mercury


I actually looked into this and the researchers seem legit, NiMH capacity fade could be linked. I also found that MH may actually be in some fashion responsible for lead acid's anomalous capacity over other batteries which is still unexplainable with conventional chemistry. Pb has a strange outer electron configuration that "dovetails" nicely with H2SO4 and MH could be the missing piece of the puzzle! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:00, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

(by talk page stalker) Wikipedia is not a publisher of original thought and we don't accept self-published sources. Chris Troutman (talk) 11:40, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

Hurricane Matthew

You said that in your edit of its damage that you got the information from the 2016 damage report. Can you provide the reference? Thanks.

Nationalweatherman (talk) 13:31, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

Aruna Dhathathreyan

Hi, it was deleted in 2015, see Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Aruna Dhathathreyan, but this version is better developed and referenced so I don't think {{db-g4}} would be applicable, as well as {{db-a7}}. Please start a new AfD if you disagree. Vejvančický (talk / contribs) 10:11, 4 February 2017 (UTC)


Follow me to join the secret cabal!


You have been trouted for: [5]. Lizard (talk) 04:17, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

Misclicks do happen sometimes...but I thought I reverted the misclick too...


Hello, I noticed that you are part of the Counter-Vandalism Unit, so I was wondering if either you could help train me in the academy or assist me in finding someone who can.

Bel-Shamharoth (talk) 18:13, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Foreign language articles

They aren't vandalism or gibberish, so they don't qualify for G1, and are only G3 if when translated they would be vandalism in English. They could be any of the other CSD criteria though: A2 and A10 being the most common. I went ahead and placed A10 on গনতন্ত্রের শাফল্যের পূর্বশর্ত, because it appears based on a machine translation to duplicate democracy. TonyBallioni (talk) 05:00, 28 February 2017 (UTC)

I picked those because it looked very spammy to me, repeating characters. WNYY98 (talk) 21:39, 28 February 2017 (UTC)

Premature AIV Reports

Thank you for making a report on Wikipedia:Administrator intervention against vandalism. Reporting and removing vandalism is vital to the functioning of Wikipedia and all users are encouraged to revert, warn, and report vandalism. However, the editors you reported were not sufficiently/appropriately warned. Please note there is a difference between vandalism and unhelpful or misguided edits made in good faith. If a user continues to vandalize after a recent final warning, please re-report them. From looking at your talk page (and some of your requests at WP:RFPP) you tend to report too early and prior to users being appropriately warned. It is our mission to assume the best of intentions and filing premature reports does not further that goal and wastes administrative resources. If a user is vandalizing and has been appropriately warned by all means report them however please note that as you have been warned multiple times to issue appropriate warnings prior to reports that further premature reports may constitute disruptive editing for refusing to "get the point". Mifter (talk) 19:45, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

Revert in De Witt Clinton High School

I noticed you reverted an edit (not mine but one I noticed) in De Witt Clinton High School. Here's the edit: "*A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (1995-present) , artist, rapper:

I assume you thought it was vandalism. It is not. There is a Wikipedia article on this rapper. So he exists and is evidently notable. (I say this knowing nothing about him or rap.) If you deleted it for another reason, such as, that it is not sourced, you can see in the article A Boogie wit da Hoodie that his attendance at the high school has a source.

Is there some other reason you deleted it? AnthroMimus (talk) 23:21, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

The unconstructive nature of more recent contributions from the IP which led to it being blocked most influenced my decision to revert it. WNYY98 (talk) 04:36, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

You said i did something wrong on Rebecca Traister

I dont like this because i know more about her than you since i am her nephew, I added that she had a new baby and added the birthday of her other kid. If you dont believe these additions you can find online interviews with her that has her newly born baby in it. Can you please put back my additions.

Thanks, Rebecca's Nephew — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:00, 16 March 2017 (UTC)


I just want to ask you why you removed the speedy deletion tags on valedicktorean and then placed them right back on, but added CSD G2, which is obviously inapplicable (in my opinion)? RileyBugzYell at me | Edits 19:10, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

For some reason "test page" was the 1st thought that came to mind when I saw the article, then again its all moot now with it being deleted. WNYY98 (talk) 19:13, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

Yeah, I'm guessing that you didn't really see the article title. I didn't either, until just before I speedied it. Looks like the deleting admin didn't either, as they deleted it by A1. RileyBugzYell at me | Edits 19:16, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

Declined A7 speedy on Bright Wireko Brobby

I've declined your addition of A7 on this. Member of the national parliament of Ghana and Deputy Minister for Employment and Social Welfare are both clear and credible claims of notability. See WP:POLITICIAN. Valenciano (talk) 20:40, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

Concerning...User:Ian.fraser1/sandbox/A.M. Pattison

I have declined your U5 speedy; while it might fit the words of the U5, it certainly does not fit the spirit. This sandbox is used to work on an article. Regards. Lectonar (talk) 20:51, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

I think you're ....overeager might be the word to use here; your anti-vandalism work is useful, no doubt....but: you have been repeatedly told that your AIV reports come too early. Another little problem seems to exist regarding your speedy deletion nominations....too hasty, imho. Some problems at WP:RFP too, afair. It is not that all your reports or nominations are wrong or such, but...just look twice before labeling once, ok? Do a little work manually, without twinkle or whatever aid you might use; it will help you to appreciate the work some people put in here. Cheers. Lectonar (talk) 23:07, 19 March 2017 (UTC)


Tvoje Bába is blatant vandalism in Czech language. It is essential that new pages are patrolled accurately. Please read the tutorial and apply for the user right before patrolling any more pages. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me on my talk page. Thanks. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 23:54, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

I used A1 because it was simply references, and how would you expect someone to know that if they didn't speak a word of Czech. Changed the tag though. Thank you! WNYY98 (talk) 01:56, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
I can't speak Czech either. Read the instructions properly and you'll soon find out how to do things properly ;) That said however, according to the reports on your talk page alone, your patrolling is sub-par - please don't do any more until you've been granted the user right. Thanks. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 08:30, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
I would advise you to follow Kudpung's instructions, and there are ways that you can find out what foreign language articles say. Use Google Translate! You should definitely, though, take a look over the WP:NPP page and/or read some guides on speedy deletion before tagging articles again. Also, only add CSD tags to articles you are sure meet the criteria you will categorize them as and nothing else. RileyBugzYell at me | Edits 02:07, 16 April 2017 (UTC)

Declined speedy deletion nomination of St Edward's Royal Free Ecumenical Middle School

Hello WNYY98. Speedy deletion work is important and I do appreciate the effort. I would just ask that you please review the criteria carefully because accuracy is also important. On that issue, I have declined your speedy deletion nomination of St Edward's Royal Free Ecumenical Middle School as an article that does not credibly indicate the importance or significance of the topic under CSD A7. That criterion did not apply because educational institutions are specifically exempted from the reach of CSD A7. Please read it carefully. Adam9007 (talk) 17:50, 17 April 2017 (UTC)

Earwig's Copyvio Detector

FYI, Iota token was also a copyright violation, so I added a WP:CSD G12 to it. Just in case you've not yet discovered it, Earwig's Copyvio Detector is a fantastic tool for sniffing out a copyvio when the article has signs of possible copyright issues. Murph9000 (talk) 22:20, 28 April 2017 (UTC)

My sandbox

Hi WNYY98. Just wondering why you added a CSD tag to my sandbox? I'm currently using it to make test edits... Sam Walton (talk) 10:28, 12 May 2017 (UTC)

And for future reference, U5 only applies when "the owner has made few or no edits outside of userspace". Sam Walton (talk) 10:32, 12 May 2017 (UTC)

I chalk it up to overpatrolling (sending from IP due to issues with edit button, could you help with that) 2602:306:2568:D0F9:65F5:9A9A:8061:FE34 (talk) 10:39, 12 May 2017 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: Pankaj Shukla

Hello WNYY98. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of Pankaj Shukla, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: directing a notable film indicates significance. Thank you. SoWhy 12:17, 12 May 2017 (UTC)

Your requests for protection...

If you have not done so already, please read our protection policy. Regarding Profanity, e.g. ...there were exactly 2(!) edits in the last months(!!) which could be described as disruptive; this is far, far from warranting any kind of protection, let alone a permanent one. So please take a little care before requesting protection. Regards. Lectonar (talk) 07:38, 13 May 2017 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: Labour Advisory Board

Hello WNYY98. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of Labour Advisory Board, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: advising a notable government minister indicates significance. Thank you. SoWhy 09:50, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: Multivendor marketplace

Hello WNYY98. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of Multivendor marketplace, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: not about a specific company but about a concept. Thank you. SoWhy 09:52, 24 May 2017 (UTC)


Yeah, sorry about the inadvertent rollback on DeMarcus Cousins, that was a mistake. Was using Lupin's anti-vandal tool, and hit rollback and I guess it glitched because it was pending on the page. I realized the mistake and then you fixed it anyways, thanks.


Just a friendly note on Astralloy. It wasn't eligible for A7, because it was about a product, not a company or organization. However, it was a hoax (invented today by a non-existent company in conjunction with a non-existent government agency), so I deleted it as a G3. Cheers.--Fabrictramp | talk to me 20:12, 30 May 2017 (UTC)


Im sorry about that I'm new and didn't realize that. if you are willing i would like some help on my article about william DeAtley. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Joey2017 (talkcontribs) 01:49, 31 May 2017 (UTC)

Union of South Africa.

The Union of South Africa was established as a Dominion within the British Empire on the 31st. of May 1910. - ( (talk) 02:08, 31 May 2017 (UTC))

Speedy deletion declined: Minimum wage in Kazakhstan

Please review WP:A7: Minimum wage in Kazakhstan is ineligible for speedy deletion. Uncle Roy (talk) 08:37, 2 June 2017 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: Template:Abhimanyu Eka

Hi, if you see an article created by error in the template namespace, instead of tagging it for WP:T2 as a "misrepresentation of policy" [6], you could consider moving it into mainspace. – Uanfala 09:30, 2 June 2017 (UTC)

I want to retrieve the deleted draft/submission

Hi, I wish to retrieve the deleted article on CrazySales for future reference or improvement. Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Xerneas (talkcontribs) 01:24, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

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Wishing WNYY98 a very happy birthday on behalf of the Birthday Committee! Chris Troutman (talk) 02:44, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
Happy birthday! Warm regards, Mz7 (talk) 20:36, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

Thanks to both of you! WNYY98 (talk) 02:55, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

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