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New tags: AutoWikiBrowser (AWB) and File renamed on Commons, and new edit filter

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I would like to suggest the creation of two tags:

Please also create a new edit filter (or abuse filter) for tracking files renamed on Commons, as suggested at Wikispecies:Village Pump/Archive 65#Track renamed images on Commons. pl:Specjalna:Filtr_nadużyć/46 can be imported or copied. Thanks, Korg (talk) 20:19, 23 November 2023 (UTC)Reply

If no one else responds in two weeks, you can ping me and I'll try to implement —Justin (koavf)TCM 10:02, 24 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
I'm all for this. Good initiative @Korg, and yes @Justin, please do (imo). –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 15:31, 24 November 2023 (UTC).Reply
I also agree to both proposals. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 01:13, 25 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
I've created the AWB tag and it seems to be working. The Commons ditto still needs some tinkering. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 16:22, 4 January 2024 (UTC).Reply

────────── @Justin: Please have a look at the Commons file rename change mentioned above, if you find the time. I can't seem to get it to work. Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 18:38, 11 January 2024 (UTC).Reply

Hm, I can't figure out the issue. :/ —Justin (koavf)TCM 18:42, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

── Hello again, @Korg: Do you have any insights that might help us figure out why the "File renamed on Commons" tag doesn't show up? –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 19:53, 16 May 2024 (UTC).Reply

User's javascript file

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Hello fellow admins, and Happy New Year! Does any one now what the User:Cookai1205/timeless.js javascript file is all about? It seems to be a list of IPs and a few URLs, but what do you think might be the purpose? For reference, the user is a (Taiwanese) member of the abusefilter-helper user group in Chinese Wikipedia. So far, editing this file is their only contribution to Wikispecies, except for creating their user talk page back in 2022. Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 19:27, 2 January 2024 (UTC).Reply

These aren't IP addresses, they are using the data: scheme to make an image. The fact that it's called "Timeless" makes me think that it's some script hack to change the appearance of the Timeless skin. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:45, 2 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Ah, of course – thanks, Justin! I first just had a quick glance and the link to W3.org (i.e. the the World Wide Web Consortium) sort of threw me off. After a closer look I now see that the code string http%3A%2F%2Fwww.w3.org%2F2000%2Fsvg is of course equal to http://www.w3.org/2000/svg about "SVG in HTML" in the XML namespace, which makes sense in regards to images within data URLs and such. By the way, the user have now also created a similar file for their Vector 2022 skin. Case closed, I guess. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 13:56, 4 January 2024 (UTC).Reply
I think that this discussion is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, don't hesitate to replace this template with your comment. DannyS712 (talk) 19:50, 22 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

Spam blacklist

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Do we have our own blacklist on this project? I wish to add two top-level URLs and all pages below them. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 13:25, 4 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

@Andy: We do. It can be found at MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist however I believe that these old types of blacklists are soon to be deprecated, in favour of Special:BlockedExternalDomains which is a lot easier to edit for users unfamiliar with editing wiki code in text-only mode.
Note however that this new feature doesn't support regex (for complex cases) nor URL paths matching – hence in your particular case you may prefer the blacklist. Also it doesn't currently support bypass by whitelists which I think is another reasons why we still keep the blacklist file, even though our spam whitelist is currently empty. You can find more information about all this in task T337431 at Phabricator if you want. It's an open Phabricator task, yet to be finalized. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 14:29, 4 January 2024 (UTC).Reply
Thank you. Is there any reason that list is currently empty? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 15:31, 4 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Not to my knowledge, but I have a very vague memory of a discussion several years ago mentioning that most of the URLs would be moved to the global spam blacklist. Not sure though.
As a complement to the above we also have the MediaWiki:Email-blacklist (also empty) and an External links search feature (sometimes very useful!) –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 16:56, 4 January 2024 (UTC).Reply

Special:Contributions/2001:EE0:4CCC:AC40:315A:116A:6A0B:D0B

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Dear Wikispecies admins, the user is repeating unexplained removals at Scorpiones, please have a look at their edits. MathXplore (talk) 02:59, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

MathXplore (talkcontribsblock logall projects) I have restored the previous complete version, rolled back 6 edits. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 03:15, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Also applied a 24 hour block for page blanking, they need to explain themselves. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 03:17, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I've extended the block up to two weeks (residential IP, not a school of equivalent). –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 15:28, 11 January 2024 (UTC).Reply
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User:Babies are mine

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Vandalism-only account. --Leonidlednev (talk) 04:45, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Blocked Indef as per other wikis. -- Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 05:55, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I've changed the local block from indefinite (account creation disabled) to indefinite (account creation disabled, email disabled, cannot edit own talk page)
Please note that the account is also globally locked. Some of their edits here at Wikispecies lead me to believe that perhaps we should contact a Steward?
Tommy Kronkvist (talk) 16:17, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I also think a Steward could be involved, as I suspect we could be finding sock-puppets appearing in due course. Andyboorman (talk) 18:40, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I don't think we need stewards since we have local checkusers - @Koavf @Faendalimas @Dan Koehl FYI --DannyS712 (talk) 18:57, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Correct: we could do sockpuppet-related CheckUser requests locally if need be. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:26, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

──────────── I was referring to the death threats, rather than the risk of future sock-puppetry. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 19:46, 28 January 2024 (UTC).Reply

Violent threats need to be escalated to legal@. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:47, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Absolutely refer to legal. Andyboorman (talk) 20:01, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Technically this user has not done anything that would require CheckUser Actions, however, threats can be refered to legal@. Cannot use the CheckUser Tools to control for this its a matter for legal. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 22:08, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
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Speedy Deletes

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Could a fellow admin please look through the current list of speedy delete requests. I am not sure how valid they are. Thanks Andyboorman (talk) 17:46, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

 Done Link for convenience: Category:Candidates for speedy deletion. Checking just now, it was empty. —Justin (koavf)TCM 01:48, 8 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
The speedy deletion category is still empty. Details can be found via the above link handed by Justin, plus the log at Special:Log/delete. Unfortunately we've seen quite lot of vandalism and out of scope edits the last few days. As a result, I took the liberty to add edit protection to pages such as "Godzilla" and "Category:Dinosaur" plus a few more. (Those pages were of course deleted first, but the edit protection still sticks. It was set for one year, during which time only administrators are allowed to edit them.) –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 06:45, 9 February 2024 (UTC).Reply
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Special:Contributions/129.63.22.25

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Could somebody take a look at this user's contributions? They are making out of scope pages and removing deletion tags placed on them. Thanks! Fehufanga (talk) 01:20, 13 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

 Done by someone else —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:58, 13 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
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Nominations for autopatrolled

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Fellow admins, I'd like to suggest that a few users be considered for autopatrolled permissions to reduce the burden of patrolling recent changes. I have not granted the rights myself since I don't actually know that much about taxonomy and cannot judge the accuracy of the edits; I defer to my more knowledgeable collogues. Looking through recent changes, the following users seem to be fairly active and established:

This is not an exhaustive list, just a few names I saw in recent changes. Keep up the good work! Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 16:35, 14 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

 Done -- gave all autopatrol. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 07:39, 16 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
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Wikispecies:Administrators/Inactivity Section

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Hi, this is just a friendly reminder that according to Wikispecies:Administrators/Inactivity Section the next run of the Activity Review should take place this month. I would appreciate if one of the Admins or Bureaucrats could start this review. Thanks, --Ameisenigel (talk) 10:25, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Doing a quick review over our admins:
  • this seems to be <5 "admin actions" in 12 months.
  • this is <5 edits (didn't check logs).
  • this is <5 "admin actions".
  • this is <5 "admin actions".
  • this is <5 edits (didn't check logs).
  • this is <5 "admin actions".
  • this is <5 "admin actions".
Some logs were way too extensive to bother (e.g.), but I assume that there are enough admin actions in there. —Justin (koavf)TCM 10:48, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
And for those keeping score at home, that is seven of 27 admins, including bots. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:44, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Koavf: Last time this was run, which I did, AlvaroMolina was one who barely scraped through, ie given benefit of the doubt so that will be a discussion again. From memory Circeus has essentially left editing for some time now so probably should be removed per the policy. We need to discuss the others too, remember that Dan_Koehl is also a Beaurocrat and CheckUser and if we remove admin we should remove all three. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 14:55, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Good point. I'm not a bureaucrat, tho, so I can't do the removals. I was just trying to do a quick scan. —Justin (koavf)TCM 14:56, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
None of us can, as a crat when I need the admin flag removed I have to make a Steward Request. I am checking on CU among the OC as I am a member but I think it would be a cascade for Dan, iff we remove admin he has to loose crat and with no admin flags he cannot really have CU so I am checking on that right now. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 15:07, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Only guidence on this would be this RFC. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 15:13, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Dan Koehl: we are going to need you to comment here on what you would like to do. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 15:22, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Tommy Kronkvist:, @Keith Edkins:, @Dan Koehl:, @MPF:, @OhanaUnited:: I have set up the review page here please add any comments under discussions. Will send out email template soon. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 16:36, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Faendalimas: As I recall, {{Ping}} only works when you use it with a signature, so going back to add it to a comment will not ping the person. You need to re-sign your comment, I believe. (I didn't ping all those other guys in to avoid double-pinging them, in case I'm misremembering). —Justin (koavf)TCM 16:32, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
thanks sorry I do this on so many wikis these days I forget which wiki has which template. Bureaucrat is the one word in English I can never spell, do not know why. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 16:39, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
With all due respect to my franco friends, it is a terrible, terrible word and we should never have picked it for our super-admin group. :/ —Justin (koavf)TCM 16:43, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
I understand, and I know I have not been very active lately. WS is running smoothly, with few problems, and IM happy for that. Fighting for high democrazy on WikiSpecies, I humbly accept any decision from the WS community, having my admin rights removed. But if possible, maybe it can wait until 31 March, so I made 10 clean years? Dan Koehl (talk) 09:42, 28 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
I have to give 30 days notice per policy and can leave the removals to do as a lot at the end of this, so if thats the decision it can all wait till then which would take it all to beginning of April in all liklihood so yes we can accomodate your request I believe. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 14:00, 28 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
All Bureaucrats and Admins and anyone else who wishes please assist with this vote -- Wikispecies:Administrators/Inactivity_Section/February_2024#User:Dan_Koehl. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 14:26, 28 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Please note that despite inactivity on this discussion it must not be archived until after 27 March for the review period. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 23:06, 7 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Humbly greatful for the positive comments, and the confidence shown, it kind of warmed my old heart, and for many reasons, I will be happy to remain "on post" if its the wish of the community, and I hope I may futurewise increase my activity on WS. Dan Koehl (talk) 11:44, 23 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

[username redacted]

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x-wiki vandalism-only account. --SHB2000 (talk) 08:19, 1 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Never mind, the user is now locked the second I make this request. --SHB2000 (talk) 08:19, 1 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
 Done Great minds think alike: I had already posted to the Stewards on m:. Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 10:33, 1 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
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Request

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Please block 135.26.120.92. Thanks, --Mtarch11 (talk) 02:53, 3 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

 Done globally. —Justin (koavf)TCM 03:06, 3 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
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Request

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Please block 39.50.198.206, out of project scope & nonsense edits. ChasingAir (talk) 12:58, 18 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

(Note) Already deleted and blocked. MathXplore (talk) 13:07, 18 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
According to w:Wikipedia:Blocking_IP_addresses#Block_lengths, IP addresses should not be indefinitely blocked. This IP has been blocked indefinitely. What would be the optimal block length here? MathXplore (talk) 13:09, 18 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Agreed @Andyboorman:Justin (koavf)TCM 14:16, 18 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Apologies  Done Andyboorman (talk) 14:52, 18 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I went ahead and changed a bunch of other blocks, accordingly. This includes some IPs that are also globally blocked. Please see Log of blocks by Tommy Kronkvist (prior to March 20, 2024) for details. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 19:46, 19 March 2024 (UTC).Reply
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Recent barrage of IP edits

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Attention fellow administrators: 1234qwer1234qwer4AndyboormanBurmeisterDan KoehlDannyS712EncycloPeteyFaendalimas FloscuculiHector BottaiKeith EdkinsKoavfMKOliverMPFMariusmNeferkheperre OhanaUnitedPeterRPigsonthewingRLJThiotrix.

We've recently had a lot of edits and page creations made by what can only be described as a small army of "new" IPv6 users. Most of the edits looks to be well intentioned, but there's also been a lot of gibberish and nonsense added in together with the taxonomy, and the pages are often poorly "wikified". Here are some examples, with links to their respective contributions:

Please note that the above list is very far from compete: unfortunately there are many, many more.

Preferably we need to very quickly mass-educate the user(s) behind these IP addresses, or I'm afraid we will need to start banning them. (A few have already been banned, primarily by Burmeister and myself.)

Any ideas on how we should best proceed? –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 19:09, 13 April 2024 (UTC).Reply

Are we sure this isn't the same person (or a couple of people), IP hopping? If so, it will be extremely difficult to communicate anything to them. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:19, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
They are all in the same /64 range, which generally means it's at least the same local network. 𝟙𝟤𝟯𝟺𝐪𝑤𝒆𝓇𝟷𝟮𝟥𝟜𝓺𝔴𝕖𝖗𝟰 (𝗍𝗮𝘭𝙠) 10:35, 14 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for bringing this up - might be useful to add an abuse filter for excessive uses of <br/> which seems to be common among the edits. Unfortunately since I know basically nothing about taxonomy I cannot really help with whether edits are proper or not if they look correct --DannyS712 (talk) 19:21, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Looks to me they are all the same person, same pages are edited by different IPs. The few pages I followed were taxonomy wise correct, but totally lacking any quality respect. I sent a message trying to educate on some points, with no response, yet.--Hector Bottai (talk) 19:28, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Checking, it looks like these have been undone or otherwise fixed, correct? If there is cleanup to do, let me know. I would support a rangeblock if you made one. That may cause this person to slow down. You could even put a link to this conversation in the notes. —Justin (koavf)TCM 20:18, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Heya sorry I have been on a couple of weeks leave due to illness. I will be back in a day. From what I can quickly tell I would support Koavf with a rangeblock. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 12:17, 14 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

@Tommy Kronkvist, EncycloPetey, DannyS712, Hector Bottai, and Koavf: Sounds to me like a school class project by some well-intentioned teacher, tasking their kids "Start a new page on Wikispecies" - I've seen similar activities happen on iNaturalist. Good idea in principle, but tends not to work very well in practice, schoolkids aren't serious enough for this sort of work unfortunately . . . - MPF (talk) 20:29, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

@MPF: Yes, that was my initial thought as well. It's of course great that the kids learn about taxonomy, nomenclature and biological systematics, but it takes time and effort to truly understand how all those pieces are fitted together, so to speak. And to be frank Wikispecies' many conventions regarding content, format, citations etc. aren't the easiest to master... On top of that we also have a huge number of templates: I think we use about 1,000 different templates—not including their respective template documentation templates (977), Taxonavigation templates (+100,000), and reference templates (+125,000). –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 00:35, 14 April 2024 (UTC).Reply
@Justin: Many are corrected, yes, but certainly not all of them. See for example the version of Stagmomantis carolina from 16:43, April 13. Furthermore some of the pages are more or less blank. See for example the version of Megalopyge opercularis from 17:12, April 13.
Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 00:35, 14 April 2024 (UTC).Reply
Ugh. I'll go thru Special:RecentChanges and see unmarked ones by unregistered users. —Justin (koavf)TCM 01:13, 14 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
I checked several from the perspective of a non-taxonomist and deleted a few that were quite literally just {{Image}} and cleaning up some obvious noise. —Justin (koavf)TCM 01:24, 14 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you. Note that some of the "unpatrolled" edits might have actually been corrected, however some of them haven't yet been marked as patrolled. I've tried to mark all of the pages that I've fixed so far, but may have missed a few. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 01:30, 14 April 2024 (UTC).Reply
Pobody's nefrect and teamwork makes the dream work, etc. Thanks for all you do, T. —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:03, 14 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

@LiAnna (Wiki Ed): and @Ian (Wiki Ed): Looks like we have a class editing Wikispecies (which is great and expanding beyond Wikipedia!) But there are some issues with the edits from the students in the class. I don't mind stepping in to help, whether remotely or going to the classroom in-person since the IP addresses stated that they're from Toronto (where I live). Are you aware of any Canadian instructors running an education program on Wikispecies? OhanaUnitedTalk page 04:11, 14 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Now see Diapheromera femorata. This was recently created by one of these entities. It looks legit, but seems to have installed a
and string of H's while creating. There also has been some correction and adjustment of the entries. It does not appear to be alone. Also somewhere earlier today, someone made a large number of redirects shifting author names to taxon pages. These are now far downlist on Recent Changes. The majority of the edits I looked at involve holding down a key so it repeats. Neferkheperre (talk) 13:44, 14 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Yeah that is really weird. The string or repeated characters is obviously undesirable on the page and should be discouraged, but why would they go through such an effort in creating an otherwise-perfectly fine page just to insert some obvious vandalism? OhanaUnitedTalk page 20:37, 14 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
@OhanaUnited I don't think these are coming from any class we're working with. I looked through the classes we're supporting who could be editing in topics related to organismal biology, and none of them appear to be anywhere near Toronto. (The closest I can find is in Montreal, and it's being run by an experienced instructor who's very unlikely to have their students make edits like these.) I also looked at several of the species articles on en.wp and I don't see recent student edits (which is what I'd expect if students were being encouraged to edit Wikispecies items related to the Wikipedia articles they're working on. Ian (Wiki Ed) (talk) 18:54, 15 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Has anyone left a message on any of the IP talk pages asking them to explain, and/or to modify their behaviour? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 20:54, 14 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

@Andy Mabbett: Not to my knowledge, no. The closest we've got is these two messages at User talk:2607:FEA8:2462:6900:83A:31F:59BC:1C29, entered by Maculosae tegmine lyncis and Hector Bottai. They only mention taxonomy though. Please (any admin) go ahead and ask the IP users about their edits, preferably with information on how they should proceed. Simply adding the {{subst:Welcome-anon}} template might be a good start.
I don't know how many of these IPs we've had problems with, but I would guess it's about 15–20. This version of the "Recent changes" page can be helpful in finding that out. It only shows IP edits for the past 25 days, without listing edits by registered accounts.
Personally I'm logging off for a while. It's a long day tomorrow, and I've been coding at work for +14 hours today. :-)
Tommy Kronkvist (talk) 17:22, 15 April 2024 (UTC).Reply

This problem seems to be ongoing. Has anyone taken any action, or does anyone plan to? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 13:49, 4 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

I don't think so. I've been otherwise occupied (IRL) and as for the IP edits I've mainly been busy fixing their malformed edits. For the past weeks I haven't been as active as I usually am, and in all honesty I don't have a full picture regarding the most recent contributions from these IPs. Sorry about that. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 11:28, 5 May 2024 (UTC).Reply
@Andy Mabbett, FYI. Yesterday our co-administrator @Burmeister went ahead and blocked these three Toronto-based IPs:
He also reverted the very last edit by each one of them, and then I mopped up whatever oddities that where still left behind from their earlier edits.
Together, they had edited these pages:
Out of these 13 pages 11 were recently created by other unregistered Toronto-based IPs. (The remaining 2 were created many years ago by "regular" Wikispecies users.)
Blocking doesn't seem to help. I blocked a few last week, but new IP editors from the same Toronto based ISP seems to pop up every few days or so (including one yesterday night). Just like before almost all of the new contributions looks legit, except for the "LLLLL…" or "RRRRR…" etc. nonsense in the Reference sections. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 07:15, 8 May 2024 (UTC).Reply
Is it possible to perform a rangeblock? Burmeister (talk) 23:58, 9 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Hi @Burmeister. It is, but I think we would need three or four different range blocks. Their edits can be found here. (Please be aware that the list may also include other IPs, unrelated to the Toronto based ones we are discussing here. If you haven't already, ticking the "IP Information" box in the "Beta features" section of you account Preferences might be helpful.)
It's worth noting that most of their page creations and edits are okay: it's almost exclusively the Reference sections that are malformed. Moreover, those Reference sections doesn't include false citations or references: they only include nonsense (for example a row of arbitrary characters or digits, such as "KKKKKKK" etc.) That's of course quite annoying, but in my opinion the good information they contribute is more important than the "nonsense references". I'm therefore reluctant to ban them all, or to administer several range blocks.
Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 17:58, 11 May 2024 (UTC).Reply
The talk pages of all three blocked IP addresses are red links. The block summary in each case is "Inserting Nonsense/Gibberish or out of scope material into Pages, WS:BP". the first point in WS:BP is "Warning: This is not mandatory, but usually the first step to politely remind editors to behave properly. An initial warning may be followed up by another if the editor persists in not following Wikispecies policies and guidelines.". Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 18:44, 19 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Report concerning 2607:FEA8:2462:6900:D99E:589F:2B71:3594

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Vandalism. See also /64 XReport --Leonidlednev (talk) 22:24, 20 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Can you give an example? Looking at edits via Special:Contributions/2607:FEA8:2462:6900:D99E:589F:2B71:3594/64, my non-taxonomist eyes don't see any vandalism, just some thoroughly bizarre formatting on the references sections. —Justin (koavf)TCM 23:34, 20 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Koavf: The user keeps creating pages with a single character repeated as references. --Leonidlednev (talk) 15:04, 21 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Yeah, that is super-weird and I deleted those, but what do you want me to do? Should that person be blocked and not make the actual good entries? —Justin (koavf)TCM 16:13, 21 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

"Recent barrage of IP edits", continued

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These IP activities are now less frequent, but still a problem. Hence, I've recently started to add a two week block to those IPs that only add "nonsense references" (e.g. a single string of meaningless letters) or in the relatively few cases where IPs only add nonsense references together with one or two vernacular names. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 06:57, 5 June 2024 (UTC).Reply

Thank you. They are now switching over to actively overwriting corrections that others performed on the page. This crosses the bridge from lack of competence into actual vandalism. But has anyone talked to this individual and tell him/her about proper reference format? OhanaUnitedTalk page 15:49, 6 June 2024 (UTC)Reply
@OhanaUnited: No, but our other actions seems to have taken effect. I've blocked quite a few, and a good portion of their former edits have been cleaned up (mainly by Koavf, but also by you and others, and to a much lesser degree by me). –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 12:01, 15 June 2024 (UTC).Reply

Complex history merge needed

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Hi, could an admin perform history merge on all three of Wai-Chun George Ho, Wai-Chun Ho and George Wai-Chun Ho? These all refer to the same person, and I feel that this taxon author's page should be George Wai-Chun Ho, to be consistent with most of his publications in English. (It's complex because this is a Hong Kong name: as far as I can tell, Ho is his surname, Wai-Chun his Cantonese given name, and George his English given name; "Ho Wai-Chun George" and "George Ho Wai-Chun" also are possible orderings of his names I believe) Monster Iestyn (talk) 19:02, 4 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

I don't think a history merge is appropriate, since the pages all evolved independently - we should just do a normal merge --DannyS712 (talk) 12:11, 13 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@DannyS712 Thanks for responding. To be honest I was suggesting history merge mainly so I wouldn't have to copy the contents of Wai-Chun George Ho to George Wai-Chun Ho (currently a redirect but formerly a page of its own) since that seemed messy. But if history merge is not a good idea, then I'll have to go ahead and do a copy+paste after all. Monster Iestyn (talk) 13:32, 13 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Monster Iestyn you can do a copy-paste with a summary that provides attribution, and then we should keep the other pages around as redirects --DannyS712 (talk) 14:06, 13 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@DannyS712 Ah okay then, thanks! Monster Iestyn (talk) 14:18, 13 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

────────── I've added a short note about the page history to the redirect pages, lest they will most certainly be deleted (they're unused, other than mentioned here). –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 17:04, 23 May 2024 (UTC).Reply

I think that this discussion is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, don't hesitate to replace this template with your comment. DannyS712 (talk) 19:50, 22 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

Please block an user

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Please block I dont know if im sean 2 because of the vandalism--Tmv (talk) 06:05, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

 DoneJustin (koavf)TCM 06:31, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
I think that this discussion is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, don't hesitate to replace this template with your comment. DannyS712 (talk) 12:11, 13 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

JavaScript in common.js user files

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A JavaScript called "InPageEdit" is being used in a few common.js user setting files. The source code: https://unpkg.com/mediawiki-inpageedit
Almost all of the documentation is written in Chinese, but here's a brief description in English:

InPageEdit is a MediaWiki multi-function plug-in written by Xiaoyujun. It's mainly based on the jQuery JavaScript library. It has good mobile device support and a colorful design. The main function is designed to enable many MediaWiki functions to be completed without opening a new tab (including but not limited to editing), greatly speeding up the maintenance of the wiki. The plug-in adopts a modular design and provides many APIs that can be freely called.

For details, see API – InPageEdit Documentations. (Chinese)

The script is licensed under GNU General Public License 3.0, and also available as a GitHub project: github.com/inpageedit/inpageedit-v2
JavaScript- and jQuery-savvy administrators might want to have a look. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 08:39, 24 May 2024 (UTC).Reply

Report concerning 2604:3D09:AF84:5900:4D55:1291:268E:1538

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Vandalism. See also Special:Contributions/2604:3D09:AF84:5900:0:0:0:0/64 and w:WP:64 XReport --Leonidlednev (talk) 23:51, 29 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

 DoneJustin (koavf)TCM 00:15, 30 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Checkuser on a spambot

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Just wanted to note here that a made a request to stewards for a checkuser on User:GeniusGuppy102 based on their deleted edits - I sent this to stewards instead of asking locally since I was comparing them to User:SharpShark102 who has only edited on wikifunctions (I deleted the edits there too) and so local CUs wouldn't have been able to process the request. Figured I should leave a note here - anyway, the accounts were confirmed to each other and some other spambots and all locked. --DannyS712 (talk) 10:18, 20 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

DannyS712 (talkcontribsblock logall projects) thanks for the heads up, could you link the Steward request please. Technically I can see CU data from all wikis as an Ombud, however, that role does not permit me to do cross wiki SPI's unless related to an ombud request. So yes Stewards was the right call on this but I would like to see what this person was up to if I can. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 17:20, 22 June 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Faendalimas see m:Steward requests/Checkuser/2024-06#Google ads spammers --DannyS712 (talk) 19:49, 22 June 2024 (UTC)Reply