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Deletion of Clarke, 2011[edit]

Please delete Clarke, 2011. It appears to be a template, but Template:Clarke, 2011 already exists. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 08:46, 14 January 2020 (UTC)

Also Sattler, 1987 - same as Template:Sattler, 1987. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 08:48, 14 January 2020 (UTC)
Also Say, 1822 - same as Template:Say, 1822. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 08:50, 14 January 2020 (UTC)
 Done Nice find. Weird that these existed. —Justin (koavf)TCM 09:07, 14 January 2020 (UTC)

Spam attacks[edit]

Attention fellow administrators (AccassidyAlvaroMolinaAndyboormanBurmeisterCirceusDan KoehlEncycloPeteyFaendalimasFloscuculiFranz Xaver) (GeniHector BottaiKeith EdkinsKoavfMariusmMKOliverMPFNeferkheperreOhanaUnitedPeterR) (PigsonthewingRLJThiotrixWikiklaas)

I need to go offline after a loong Wikimedia session online, but would like to make my fellow admins aware that we've lately had several spam pages created by what appears to be some kind of spambot. Please have a look at these accounts (listed alphabetically):

All of them were created yesterday or today, with the exception of "AldaHoskins" which was created October 27, 2019. None of them have made any edits until now. Together with Thiotrix I've blocked them all (one is also globally blocked) and deleted their edits, however new ones keep popping up every few hours or so. Perhaps we need to administer some sort of IP range block, but right know I'm too tired to wrap my head around such technicalities. :-) Anyway, please keep a vigilant eye out for new spam pages, and respond accordingly. The recent Block log and Deletion logs may also be useful.

Ever faithful, but currently signing off: Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 07:15, 15 January 2020 (UTC).

The User creation log is also informative. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 07:35, 15 January 2020 (UTC).
Thanks @Tommy Kronkvist:, you write they didnt make any edits, but you also wrote you deleted their edits, I cant see any edits, so I guess its the first. Why I ask, is casue this could be an occassion, where the spam filter may be helpful, if its still active... Dan Koehl (talk) 11:38, 15 January 2020 (UTC)
Sorry, was lazy, after checking the Deletion logs I saw the edits. Dan Koehl (talk) 11:41, 15 January 2020 (UTC)
@Dan: To be precise I wrote "None of them have made any edits until now" and yes, those edits I've deleted. :-) This includes the "AldaHoskins" account created in October last year, with zero edits until yesterday when suddenly they created 8 new spam pages. Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 17:03, 15 January 2020 (UTC).

Misplaced translations[edit]

Please delete Help:Reference section/tr/tr, Help:Reference section/tr/tr/en, and Help:Reference section/tr/tr/en/en. I was trying to remove the first one from translation (not sure how it was added) and it didn't work. None of them should exist in the first place. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 06:25, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

 Done. Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 08:48, 16 January 2020 (UTC).

IP vandal[edit]

Please block All vandalism. Masumrezarock100 (talk) 14:56, 28 January 2020 (UTC)

@Masumrezarock100:  Done. The IP was blocked 15:36, 28 January 2020 by admin Accassidy. Note that it also got globally blocked about 20 minutes before that. Best regards, Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 19:11, 28 January 2020 (UTC).

Extra translations[edit]

Moved to Wikispecies:Translation Administrators' Noticeboard.

Ongoing vandalism[edit]

Hi. Please block 2605:E000:D409:3F00:B1E1:6F02:DAE2:2C7D. Thanks! —Hasley (talk) 00:46, 13 February 2020 (UTC)

 Done Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 00:52, 13 February 2020 (UTC)


I would appreciate an independent review of my pecautionary block of User:TheGoodIndian.

I noticed yesterday that they had added several vernacular names which appeared to be incorrect. In partucular the last one they added translates (according to Google) as "India is at risk". Given the heightened political tensions in India at the moment, an immediate block and revert seemed prudent. TheGoodIndian has now questioned the block on my en.Wikipedia talk page. I have advised the that they can still edit their talk page on his project. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 21:32, 2 March 2020 (UTC)

Since you're soliciting the feedback:
  • A block seems appropriate, since there was clearly some editing that was inappropriate.
  • Indefinite is not what I would have chosen, since he could easily get the message after a few days or whatever.
  • I would recommend posting to his talk page explaining what you wrote here. An indefinite block with no post to talk (other than the welcome message) seems unhelpful.
  • I disagree with your reasoning as "vandalism-only", when edits like this are not obviously vandalism. They may be incorrect (I don't know anything about Bengali) but it's not obviously trolling or soapboxing or something. "Inserting False Information" would be accurate and appropriate.
As a recommendation, I would invite you to post to his talk and ask what's up and why he's here on Wikispecies, etc. I think the outcome of this indefinite block with no message will be that he leaves the site for good, whereas a little bit of effort to call-in a user who is not entirely a vandal could pay off with someone providing much-needed info in Bengali. I personally would love for him to help translate. Broadly speaking, I think you are as always generally well-intentioned, competent, helpful, and somewhat... brusque? short-tempered? impatient? when interacting with a user with whom you have a conflict but I very much appreciate you having the humility and maturity to ask for feedback: it's a lesson I definitely need to learn in self-reflection and awareness. @Pigsonthewing:Justin (koavf)TCM 22:48, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
Thank you. Dealing with your points in order:
  • Indefinite does not mean "infinite", it means "until the issue is resolved". We should use indef. blocks more, not less. Generally speaking, fixed-term block allows a mal-intentioned editor to bide their time then resume harmful actions.
  • Good point. I will post a note on the user's talk page linking to this discussion, rather than repeat it.
  • I was torn between "persistent vandalism" and "vandalism only" as the only two near-suitable pre-sets. I should have used "other".
I have no prior conflict (nor any interaction that I recall) with TheGoodIndian
-- Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 23:53, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
I thought up till now his name was derived from a John Wayne quote.Neferkheperre (talk) 01:33, 3 March 2020 (UTC)
Thank you all for bringing this up – it may be handy in the case of future, similar incidents. In the broader scope of things, I've long thought that the terms "Persistent Vandalism" and "Vandalism-Only Account" are too limiting and/or misleading. How about we simply merge them into a single reason "Vandalism"? Or at least change "Persistent Vandalism" to "Vandalism" (keeping "Vandalism-Only Account" intact)? –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 13:55, 3 March 2020 (UTC).
I think "Vandalism" is enough: why define it as "vandalism-only" when very few vandals are literally only doing vandalism? It just states and implies something that's not true. —Justin (koavf)TCM 17:19, 6 March 2020 (UTC)

───────────────────────── Earlier today the user added a request on their user talk page to get their user account unblocked. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 15:00, 6 March 2020 (UTC).

Following an explanation posted to my talk page on en.Wikipedia, and subsequently copied to the above talk page, I'm happy to have unblocked. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 20:27, 6 March 2020 (UTC)
Okay, sounds good @Andy. In the meantime (and with a ping to @Justin) I've pruned the blocking reasons by replacing the "Persistent vandalism" and "Vandalism-only Account" reasons with the more straightforward "Vandalism" item. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 09:04, 10 March 2020 (UTC).

Localisation of templates[edit]

Arabic Ar templates are not editable , I have put Arabic translation for some items on its talk pages , Please help me to put these translations on its pages . I have no permission to do that Omda4wady (talk) 07:53, 11 March 2020 (UTC)

@Omda4wady: Please keep discussions about translations on the Translation Administrators' Noticeboard! –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 22:09, 12 March 2020 (UTC).

Article " فيروسات " is not editable[edit]

Please help me to edit this page Omda4wady (talk) 07:55, 11 March 2020 (UTC)

@Omda4wady: Please keep discussions about translations on the Translation Administrators' Noticeboard! –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 22:08, 12 March 2020 (UTC).

Request for creating an article regarding last White Giraffe in Earth[edit]

Dear Admins , Reference to news. We have no images for this specie which slaughtered by poachers. Omda4wady (talk) 09:33, 15 March 2020 (UTC)

@Omda4wady: This isn't really the sort of thing to post to this noticeboard but yes, it would be great if we had a photo. Do you have a source that has freely-licensed media for this species? —Justin (koavf)TCM 09:41, 15 March 2020 (UTC)
@Koavf: I am searching for free license media. I think OTRS team can help us Omda4wady (talk) 09:46, 15 March 2020 (UTC)
Tweeted: see @Wikispecies. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 02:02, 16 March 2020 (UTC).
No issue with something on this but the giraffe in question was an albino not a species in its own right. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 22:15, 16 March 2020 (UTC)

───────────────────────── @Scott: True, so from a taxonomical viewpoint two albino specimens being killed in Kenya is a fairly unexciting event. I chose to mention it on Twitter anyway, since a tweet may direct new readers to Wikispecies and as long as it doesn't involve pure clickbait that's of course a good thing.

Talking about taxonomy: in the article they list the taxon as Giraffa reticulata which is presented on Wikispecies as the subspecies Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata. Wikimedia Commons offer +300 different images of that particular taxon (most in subcategories), however as far as I could see none of them depicts an albino specimen. Again that's not really an issue for Wikispecies either, since we normally wouldn't add a picture of any albinistic, amelanoid, (hypo/hyper)melanistic or leucistic specimens anyway. It would be a welcome addition to Commons though, for use on Wikipedia. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 02:04, 17 March 2020 (UTC).

@Tommy:. Yes I agreed with mentioning it somehow, but I did not want to see a page created for them, since we already have one for their species. A page for them is more a Wikipedia item than ours, though that would be their decision. Absolutely if appropriately licenced images of these animals can be added to commons would certainly be worthwhile for use on a number of pages on Wikipedia, or even Wikiversity. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 05:59, 19 March 2020 (UTC)

Please protect User:Killarnee[edit]

Please protect so that this page can only be created by administrators. Thanks, --Killarnee (T12) 17:23, 19 March 2020 (UTC)

@Killarnee: Done. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 17:44, 19 March 2020 (UTC)

I think that this discussion is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, don't hesitate to replace this template with your comment. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 17:44, 19 March 2020 (UTC)

Request for autopatrol for Pitke[edit]

Can User:Pitke please be granted autopatrol rights? Their contributions do not need to be reviewed (c.f. Special:CentralAuth/Pitke). Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 07:22, 23 March 2020 (UTC)

Approved. See the equivalent Pitke user rights log for details. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 20:23, 23 March 2020 (UTC).