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User:Oshwah, unblock pls. -- zzuuzz (talk) 08:32, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

ACK! Sorry! I was trying to block another IP user and accidentally clicked on your username instead. Please accept my apologies for the mistake. ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 08:34, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

You've got mail[edit]

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Sorry, wrote that email too fast. It was on AN, and looks like it is good now. zchrykng (talk) 20:16, 31 October 2018 (UTC)

Please delete the n word report[edit]

it might offend people and that is just what the troll wants.PZQ (talk) 00:52, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

Inappropriate (illegal content) username spotted[edit]

Hello (From France)

I spotted a user with inappropriate username (apology to nazism).

Please oversight this username and block indefinitely (and has vandalized in Fr Wiki)

  • 10:43, 3 November 2018 User account [Redacted due of illegal content] (talk | contribs) was created automatically

-- (talk) 17:08, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

 Done thanks. For future reference you can also report such usernames to WP:UAA. -- zzuuzz (talk) 17:13, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
I added my report in WP:UAA. -- (talk) 17:28, 3 November 2018 (UTC)
No sense in doing so when that user has already been blocked. IanDBeacon (talk) 17:35, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

Sigh... more fun I guess...[edit]

It's pretty much at the point where I can't even understand what the edits are even saying anymore..... lol ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 06:03, 7 November 2018 (UTC)

It makes you wonder if oversight should be used. Or lengthy protection. -- zzuuzz (talk) 06:09, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
Ugh, I know... there's unfortunately no silver bullet right now that will both stop the abuse completely and let all other anonymous users contribute to these reference desk pages as usual. The AbuseFilter is doing very well at dragging the rate of attacks down with the throttle currently set. The unfortunate part is that each disallowed edit generates an AbuseFilter log each time it happens, and there's no tool to suppress multiple abuse filter logs like we can when we rev del multiple edits and logs. We get to suppress each filter.... one.... by.... one. My thumb and pinky finger is getting tired with all of the tabbing and hotkeys I'm using to try and get them done in a somewhat trot-like pace... haha ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 07:16, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
Perhaps it's not necessary to delete the ones which don't even make sense. And edits like this. -- zzuuzz (talk) 13:22, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
I guess it's probably already know by those dealing with it since as you would expect, they've made sure to tell us, but at least some of their edits which look to be a nonsense jumble of letters are ROT13. Nil Einne (talk) 17:25, 7 November 2018 (UTC)

Blocked proxies[edit]

Sorry for what is no doubt a stupid question, but after making that reversion on Wikipedia:Reference desk/Mathematics, where should I have reported it? "Blocked Proxy" doesn't seem to fall under either AIV or SPI. Thegreatluigi (talk) 06:19, 7 November 2018 (UTC)

As it's a long term repeat vandal on a rampage, AIV (without warnings) would be appropriate. However for a slower more nuanced block, WP:OP can be used for open proxies. -- zzuuzz (talk) 06:27, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
Oh I'm definitely hitting them with open proxy blocks just as you are. I'm just trying to keep up with all of the edits and abuse filter logs that need suppression and what-not... :-) ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 06:32, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
Ah, okay. Thank you. I just wasn't sure AIV was suitable since none of the four "reasons" you can give for the report quite seemed to fit. Thegreatluigi (talk) 06:36, 7 November 2018 (UTC)

Unprotected talk page[edit]

I see the Nazi troll has struck again. Thank you for removing. But I'm curious to know if the garbage was directed at me, or at other users? Or both? ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 13:01, 7 November 2018 (UTC)

ISTR it was mostly random, but you'd need to ask an oversighter for more info. -- zzuuzz (talk) 13:20, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
OK. Not worth the trouble. Sometimes I catch some of that stuff before it gets deleted. It's definitely worth deleting. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 13:45, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
@Baseball Bugs: I don't have access to such material but I know that some of the people named on my page were not me. I don't know if I was named there since I didn't see all of it, but I know I have been named in other sprees of theirs. I think pretty much anyone who regularly contributes to the RD has been named somewhere and actually they've gone further as one of their recent target's sole contribution was a reversal of their nonsense so I'm guessing they're now just farming the name of any contributors to any of the desks. Nil Einne (talk) 17:14, 7 November 2018 (UTC)


Please revoke talk-page access for Tvso1107. (I am not watching this page, so please ping me if you want my attention.) wumbolo ^^^ 21:17, 7 November 2018 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Thank you for your swift action in reverting the vandalism on my talk page. --Viennese Waltz 09:54, 8 November 2018 (UTC)

Another one[edit]

Are the edits by more of those edits that should be removed? You have already blocked them.. Dmcq (talk) 22:50, 9 November 2018 (UTC)[edit]

Could you please hide the lewd photos posted by user: Thank you. CLCStudent (talk) 16:24, 10 November 2018 (UTC)


Thanks. If I may ask, did you do something to whitelist my current IP address, or what? -- (talk) 23:40, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

Hello. Of course you can ask :) It's a relatively fluid situation and we'll do what we can when we can to facilitate normal editing. -- zzuuzz (talk) 02:53, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

DragonOfShanghai block?[edit]

I'm curious about this block. Was there a WP:SPI that went with that? -- RoySmith (talk) 15:55, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

Hello, no there wasn't an SPI. I could probably provide an investigation if pressed, but I'd initially prefer to just point accusingly at Huff slush7264. -- zzuuzz (talk) 16:05, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. I only asked because of Special:diff/867315401. I've been trying to figure out why a brand-new user would give somebody a barnstar as virtually the first edit they've made unless there was some connection between them. -- RoySmith (talk) 19:34, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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I see what you did, yet again--thank you. Drmies (talk) 18:46, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks Doc. I know you don't miss much. If you don't mind I delegate this barnstar to Theinstantmatrix, Thegreatluigi, LakesideMiners, Abelmoschus Esculentus, CLCStudent, and several others who have been helping out take out the trash. I hear we're looking for admins you guys ;) -- zzuuzz (talk) 22:01, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

zzuuzz, Aww, Thanks! I don't think I am ready enough to be an admin yet tho, still dont have alot of experence outside of vandle fighting. Mabey in one or two years tho(and when my spelling gets better ;). LakesideMinersMy Talk Page 22:15, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

You're on roll![edit]

but if you need a change of scenery, there's a party going on at the old barn. Favonian (talk) 20:43, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

All accounted for. Shall we leave it open a short time? -- zzuuzz (talk) 20:57, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
Sure. He tends to come back like a bad penny. Thanks again, espcially for you work with the automaton! Favonian (talk) 20:59, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
Oh seriously, Krajoyn is back? Yay. Drmies (talk) 21:59, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
Does he ever go away? -- zzuuzz (talk) 22:02, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
Sheesh what childishness. Drmies (talk) 22:21, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

Bad image list[edit]

You can take File:Tc.png off the list; Commons erased it and I had the local shadow deleted. Was this the goatse vandal again? Home Lander (talk) 02:10, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

It was, and after factoring in the file name I defer this until later. -- zzuuzz (talk) 06:44, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
There have been a few more of these lately; I take it from the above Tc.png wasn't the first. zzuuzz, do you have any info on any of those accounts? Just noticed that the two I took care of were from somewhat dormant accounts, with seemingly fine enough histories. Seemed weird. ~ Amory (utc) 18:24, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, I noticed that too with User:Nyllo. Are they compromised accounts? Or have they just existed this long without any LTA-like behavior?--SkyGazer 512 Oh no, what did I do this time? 18:27, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
Also, there's a new one now. An admin or page mover will have to take care of the situation at Roblox.--SkyGazer 512 Oh no, what did I do this time? 18:29, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
Ah nice, Favonian took care of that one. Thanks!--SkyGazer 512 Oh no, what did I do this time? 18:37, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
Been pinging commons sysops on IRC... ~ Amory (utc) 18:41, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
I had a discussion about this recently here. I'll take a look at the latest lot, but there's probably not much to go on. On a side note, I recently blocked Abubakaraltholib and others for very similar behaviour. I think they might be different users. -- zzuuzz (talk) 19:08, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
So, based on the very limited hard information recently available, almost certainly compromised. @Nyttend, Favonian, and MusikAnimal: -- zzuuzz (talk) 19:49, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
No block yet, for safety — I want to be really sure I know who you mean. Could you tell me which users, or otherwise show me where to find a comprehensive list of users, that should be blocked? I trust your analysis; I just want to be sure to avoid a {{unblock|I got blocked as a sock by mistake}} situation. And on second thought: as you saying that they're all socks, or all compromised, or some of each? If necessary, I can block someone with a rationale of "sockpuppet of blocked user or compromised by a blocked user", just to cover both options. Nyttend (talk) 21:59, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
I can give you a (probably partial) list of accounts showing signs of compromise today. They're all blocked, but have been appearing fairly regularly: Mr-Thomas, FritzSolms, Jchahin13, Sporkot, Asenine, GrantyO, SeveredSpirit, Laghlagh, Nyllo. So, no action is currently required, just FYI. This is the porn (main page) vandal. -- zzuuzz (talk) 22:06, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
Got most of them. Nyllo already got blocked by someone else, and FritzSolms and Sporkot don't exist on Commons, but I blcoked the rest. Nyttend (talk) 00:34, 22 November 2018 (UTC)

Are you still doing some form of tracking on the compromised accounts? Just blocked another, Tbone55. -- ferret (talk) 15:50, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

@Ferret: Thanks, yep same vandal. Keep an eye out for others :/ -- zzuuzz (talk) 16:10, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
Yep, I'm up to 6-7 of them myself.. La buff was just hit, already blocked by Fav. Chatters in WP:Discord have noticed a bunch of these quickly and Ajraddatz has gotten them locked. -- ferret (talk) 17:04, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

A serious matter...[edit]

I'd like to take the Standard Offer but could wave the six month rule? In return I promise to edit constructively, give up my entire sockfarm for blocking, and turn off the bot. What do you say, do we have a deal? Oh and btw contrary to what TonyBallioni thinks I really do have meticulous records of all my account creations going back to 2007. (talk) 13:32, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Please respond

Come on Zzuuzz talk to me, I'm bored :(

Thatcher was a much better CU than you

SAY SOMETHING (talk) 13:41, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Patience. I do other stuff. I thought you were shuffling off this mortal coil? Trust is obviously an issue then, and obviously the first thing to do is stop the vandalism. But I can't make any promises about what the community will have to say, especially given your latest moment. I think it will take a little more than blackmail and asking for an immediate unblock. -- zzuuzz (talk) 13:44, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
Alright I turned off the bot. Now, regarding my unbanning; since I never had a main account to begin with should I just start editing constructively under a new ip? But this is going to take some restraint on your part too. If you hit me with bans even when I ask and answer questions legitimately on the RD I will have to reconsider our arrangement here. (talk) 13:57, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
You should read what I wrote again. You are community banned, and will require a consensus at WP:AN to lift your ban. That's why I said it will take a little more. That's a British understatement. I mean of course a lot more. -- zzuuzz (talk) 14:02, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
Well I'm going to give editing constructively a go anyway and hope our informal accord holds. (talk) 14:09, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
So let's be clear with one another. Unless your ban gets lifted (see above) you're going to get blocked again. It is not within any single admin's capabilities to lift the ban. -- zzuuzz (talk) 14:12, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
I get that, but the WMF can't punish you for not taking action. If another admin blocks me I won't take that as an offense. But if you follow me around on RD blocking me every time I edit constructively for being a proxy that would be unfortunate. It's up to you. (talk) 14:22, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Sock on a proxy[edit]

Hi Zzuuzz, if you're around could you check (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · filter log · WHOIS · RDNS · RBLs · http · block user · block log), it appears to be Shingling334 on a tear via a proxy (score of 95 "high risk" on ipqualityscore). Thanks... --IamNotU (talk) 15:51, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

(talk page watcher) I can't speak to whether this user is Shingling334, but I've blocked the webhost they're using. Ivanvector (Talk/Edits) 16:17, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! Fyi, it's definitely him, also on yesterday. Changing every instance of "Swaziland" to "Eswatini" is a new special interest of his, mixed in with repeating his standard old chestnuts, from various proxies... --IamNotU (talk) 16:40, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Read this[edit]

To cut abuse on wiki i will be reporting proxys to you is that ok ? and this ip is a proxy :) (talk) 18:40, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

Hello. To cut unnecessarily wasting admin time, I'm probably not going to block every open proxy on the planet, unless there's some indication that they're being abused. -- zzuuzz (talk) 18:43, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

Ends in avant gout d'été accounts[edit]

Hello, is there a sock investigation that I can reference on the many "[something something] avant gout d'été" accounts that have sprung up recently? Another two popped up a few minutes ago and I don't want to report them with the statement of "Ends in avant gout d'été and Zzuuzz blocked 10+ of these for account abuse yesterday".

This one and this one are the most recent.

Thanks, Zinnober9 (talk) 19:01, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Hello. I believe that this frwiki page is the most relevant. I've decided to mostly ignore them unless they start becoming a pain here. They do seem to do vandalism on frwiki, so I don't see a problem blocking an army of them either. Undecided... -- zzuuzz (talk) 19:05, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
Wow, that's a lot of them. So far the four from today that I've seen have all stayed quiet, so I'll lay off unless they start hitting or I hear that we should block them. Thanks for the info. Zinnober9 (talk) 00:11, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

regarding your protection of the TFA[edit]'s_Featured_Articles? There is no consensus to pending-changes-protect the TFA page, as a default measure.This, obviously, does not affect the discretion of administrators to implement PCP at a TFA, (per the protection-policy), for purposes as may be otherwise deemed fit i do not see any disruption on the Connie Talbot article Abote2 (talk) 00:41, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Hello. Some of us Wikipedians have developed the ability to see the future. Any questions? -- zzuuzz (talk) 07:51, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

ArbCom 2018 election voter message[edit]

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Indian university cell phone spammer[edit]

After some down time, they may be starting up again - [1]. Probably add "919470493850" to the filter already? Cheers --Elmidae (talk · contribs) 07:59, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

 Done thanks. -- zzuuzz (talk) 08:08, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Nick Knowles[edit]

You may wish to consider protection here also? Many thanks. Martinevans123 (talk) 13:16, 21 November 2018 (UTC)

It's just going to continue in a similar vein isn't it? Let's assume it ends on 9 Dec. -- zzuuzz (talk) 13:50, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
I fear it may go on even longer. But thanks anyway. Martinevans123 (talk) 13:54, 21 November 2018 (UTC)

IP block[edit]

Yes, the page I was directed to said you were the one who blocked it. Sorry I neglected to specify that.

No, I don't use a VPN when editing. I wasn't even aware that Wikipedia allows editing with a VPN.

Thanks for the swift response. Nightscream (talk) 14:25, 22 November 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Barnstar of Reversion Hires.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
Thank you so much for your work with combating the porn LTA; it is very much appreciated. I've been trying to do what I can, which is why my most recent contributions are pretty much rollback, rollback, rollback, but there's only so much one can do without the block button, so it's very nice having someone like you to come along and block some folks. It's amazing what great lengths some people will go to harm Wikipedia; it's getting hard to keep up with all the new compromised accounts and proxies constantly used in this craziness. SkyGazer 512 Oh no, what did I do this time? 16:29, 22 November 2018 (UTC)

You've got mail![edit]

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Home Lander (talk) 19:26, 22 November 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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You deserve a barnstar for being the subject of three blocks by compromised administrator accounts. Mkdw talk 20:53, 23 November 2018 (UTC)
Plus once by mistake, unless Oshwah is also compromised. Ivanvector (Talk/Edits) 21:06, 23 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, and thanks for the unblock :) I must be doing something right eh? -- zzuuzz (talk) 21:41, 23 November 2018 (UTC)
I mean, we did have to find a way to lower your asynchronous admin score somehow. Mkdw talk 21:59, 23 November 2018 (UTC)

And thanks for unblocking me. How many of these accounts has he got???? -- MelanieN (talk) 20:31, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you for everything you do to keep the encyclopedia a safe and welcoming place for users. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 22:31, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

Again. Sigh. Thank you very much, you deserve a medal for being so on top of this.-- MelanieN (talk) 18:44, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for cleaning up. I should just set up a bot to insta-ban anyone editing that article (yourself excluded). -- zzuuzz (talk) 18:55, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

Wiglaf of Mercia‎‎[edit]

Thanks for your work on that. I generally don't watchlist each day's TFA (the article, not the blurb) ... and when I do, I'm appalled. How bad is it? Are edits so disruptive that they have to be revdel'd every day? - Dank (push to talk) 22:19, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

Well, most days for the past four months or so (more so recently) so I'd recommend watchlisting to everyone. What typically happens is that a bad image gets added, and then it's quickly deleted or blacklisted, so revdel not always strictly necessary. It's more a temporary solution and often a case of WP:DENYing pure disruption. -- zzuuzz (talk) 22:24, 25 November 2018 (UTC)
IIRC the closing statement for the RfC recommended that we come up with some technical fix to stop new users from being able to add images ... do you know if there's been any progress on that? - Dank (push to talk) 22:28, 25 November 2018 (UTC)
I believe @MusikAnimal: will have the latest on that. -- zzuuzz (talk) 22:29, 25 November 2018 (UTC)
I just created Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/MusikBot 15 :) MusikAnimal talk 22:31, 25 November 2018 (UTC)
Yay! - Dank (push to talk) 22:42, 25 November 2018 (UTC)
I replied at the bot request. - Dank (push to talk) 22:46, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For fully protecting the Donald Trump article finally after over 2 years of issues Abote2 (talk) 11:02, 27 November 2018 (UTC)

Huge Thank You[edit]

Thank you for dealing with that Tom and Jerry Vandal. — FilmandTVFan28 (talk) 09:52, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

No problem. You might come across him again, so tips for identification: geolocation->Lancashire->Chorley, blanking talk pages = Iniced. Just report him to WP:AIV and say 'Iniced'. -- zzuuzz (talk) 09:54, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you very much for all the work you've done to counter the "serious matter" troll above Dmcq (talk) 18:39, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

Seconded! Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 09:53, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For cleaning up {{Age in sols}} Bellezzasolo Discuss 00:32, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

IP to block please[edit] (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · filter log · WHOIS · RDNS · RBLs · http · block user · block log) just tried to reset my password. DuncanHill (talk) 16:50, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

 Done I'm not sure, it might be a different regular customer. CU blocked anyway. -- zzuuzz (talk) 16:56, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, DuncanHill (talk) 16:57, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For repeatedly throwing up roadblocks to stop that annoying vandalbot. By the time I notice them in the filter log, you’ve already blocked and deleted. Nice job. — Matthew Wong (at PMA), 16:51, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for being upon it! -- zzuuzz (talk) 16:57, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

YGM from Amorymeltzer[edit]

At your leisure. ~ Amory (utc) 01:25, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

Vote (X) for Change?[edit]

Do you think this is Vote (X) for Change? The IP is apparently from London and the behavior is similar, but I'm not quite confident enough to go ahead and report at WP:AIV; I'm asking you because you seem to be familiar with VXFC's behavior. Thanks, --SkyGazer 512 Oh no, what did I do this time? 15:36, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

IMO, unmistakable. Done. -- zzuuzz (talk) 15:47, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

You have mail[edit]

As header. DuncanHill (talk) 15:25, 2 December 2018 (UTC)

"Purely disruptive material"[edit]

You really should be more careful about calling "material" "purely disruptive". - Nunh-huh 22:09, 7 December 2018 (UTC)

Hello. Would you like to provide some context please? -- zzuuzz (talk) 22:23, 7 December 2018 (UTC)
OK Nunh-huh, I've had a look and I assume you're referring to these edits. The revision you edited contained this vandalism, and that's why the content was deleted. It may look like gibberish but it's not really. I'm sorry your contribution in the middle of the vandalism attack was removed by another editor[2] but if you want to put it back please do so. If there's anything else just let me know. -- zzuuzz (talk) 22:38, 7 December 2018 (UTC)
Well, I was more upset at being labeled purely disruptive than at the loss of the opportunity for Guy to correct his malapropism (anathematized for anesthetized). But I do thank you for your most courteous explanation. - Nunh-huh 23:33, 7 December 2018 (UTC)

Edit summary vandalism[edit]

Hello, you recently handled vandalism on my talk page, and now a IP user has also vandalized my talk page. I was wondering if you could deal with this appropriately as well? You need to read the edit summary to fully understand what they did. Thank you for any help you can give in this matter. Newshunter12 (talk) 00:42, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

zombie proxie[edit]

Thanks for looking into that and taking appropriate measures--I wanted to ask someone about that after I saw the earlier block and rationale but had to run off. Drmies (talk) 21:48, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Any time. -- zzuuzz (talk) 22:08, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Murder victim[edit]

Hello. I see that you changed the visibility of revisions on a murder victim article. There seems to be a revert by User:331dot at 02:08 on 11 December that you missed (I'm assuming that it falls into the same category as the ones you changed). Perhaps you could change visibility on this one too. Akld guy (talk) 20:59, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Hi. This was deliberate. The deletion should be considered a courtesy to a fellow Wikipedian who made a personal mistake, and not a means to suppress the name (the policy on this is explained on the article's talk page). I'm assuming, based on previous statements, that User:331dot is aware of the edit that remains and that they're OK with it remaining. -- zzuuzz (talk) 21:04, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
I don't understand. You yourself posted on the article's talk page that WP:BLP was the primary consideration for withholding the accused's name, rather than a suppression order by an NZ court, but you allowed the revert by 331dot (which again named the accused) to stand. I don't understand your refusal to change the visibility of that revert. Akld guy (talk) 23:07, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
Yes, it's a subtle difference between removal from the article and removal from the history. And in fact it's an arguable point whether it should also be removed from the history. Personally I'm not persuaded about the need. However if you wish to pursue it you could ask either 331dot (or any other admin for that matter), or email WP:OVERSIGHT for a second opinion. -- zzuuzz (talk) 23:14, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Admin change visibility feature[edit] for instance. I noticed you can mass change visibility on problem edits by editors. Can you please tell me what tool/how you do that? Once in a while, I run across mass vandalism like the one linked, and I'd like to be able to do what you did. Please advise. — Maile (talk) 16:58, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Sure, highly recommended: User:Writ Keeper/Scripts/massRevdel.js. -- zzuuzz (talk) 17:02, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. — Maile (talk) 17:13, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Alright, let me ask...[edit]

Regarding WP:AN#Reduce a block I placed, what is the preferred method for determining whether an IP is being used by a proxy? I've reported some that are obvious - such as the ref-desk troll or the derp-vandal, but never found a definitive solution otherwise. Home Lander (talk) 21:56, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Have you tried this page? It covers a whole lot of it. There's a lot of variations, DUCKs, guilt by association, experience, and mistakes involved. Take the ref desk troll for example (pick an IP), we know they use open proxies so that's a yes. But also, you can put the IP address in your browser address bar, and see that it's a piece of hardware which you can guess is compromised. For example, this is not normal, well it's quite common for proxies. And then you can search for the IP and find it on proxy lists. If you see non-standard port numbers (look it up) you can guess it's compromised and probably difficult to confirm. But if necessary you can then confirm it using the aforementioned instructions. Now consider the IP mentioned at WP:AN. -- zzuuzz (talk) 22:10, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
Zzuuzz, just what I was looking for, will review. Thanks. Home Lander (talk) 22:15, 13 December 2018 (UTC)


Looks like I didn't go about creating Template:Sub judice and Contempt New Zealand in the correct manner. Thanks for fixing my Sandbox move logs, etc. Plinuckment (talk) 04:48, 14 December 2018 (UTC)


Thanks for reverting that vandalism, I gave that user a warning. Breakroute (talk) 22:13, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Suspected proxy[edit]

Hello. Special:Contributions/ seems to have been used by Shingling334, but geolocates to France (and I don't think he has used it because of being in France since he seems to have used this IP both today and a few days ago, but was blocked as an Essex TalkTalk IP yesterday...), so could you please check if it's a proxy? Cheers, - Tom | Thomas.W talk 17:54, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

Information. -- zzuuzz (talk) 19:20, 17 December 2018 (UTC)
TY. And here's another one, Special:Contributions/, making the same request on Talk:Rauf Denktaş as blocked IP-sock Special:Contributions/ ([3]). Cheers, - Tom | Thomas.W talk 20:11, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

Template:Furry fandom[edit]

Sockpuppetry is happening again on this page, and another proxy is involved, likely the same guy who disrupted this page on October 20. Seems they’ve expanded to the related page. Would it also be possible to protect the template as well? Thanks! (talk) 02:42, 18 December 2018 (UTC)

I wish to dispute this on the talk page to prove that catgirls are not furrys (talk) 03:24, 18 December 2018 (UTC)
Not a good sign. Please pick a venue to rationally lay out the reasons for and against. See also WP:DR. -- zzuuzz (talk) 09:30, 18 December 2018 (UTC)