Steward requests/Global/2008-11

Request for global (un)block


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Requesting a global block of multiple IP ranges of 68.220.x.x and 70.146.x.x and 65.0.x.x which are primarily used by the editor generally referred to as the "Disney Vandal." I am now repeating this request that I made in October because he is continuing to spread his vandalism and sockpuppetry to multiple language wikis. In addition to his previously reported vandalism on Simple English, English, and Welsh wikipedia, he is now also hitting the Latin, Albanian, and Russian wikipedias. He's probably hit more as well, I just don't feel like going through every last one to check each IP and sock name. And those are just the ones I've been able to identify. He has created some 30+ globally named sock accounts, most of which are only blocked on the English and Simple English wikis because of his vandalism going more easily unnoticed on the other languages are they mostly focused on Disney film and character articles. At what point surely Meta will be open to considering dealing with this kid, who finds it hilarious that he has been able to continue these disruptions for months with little real hinderence. His ISP has long been identified, and he even gave us a possible name and the name of his school, but still nothing is being done to stop his vandalism across the board. If he is not globally blocked, he will only continue to spread his disruption to other languages until he has hit them all. -- Collectonian (talk · contribs) 00:53, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

  • is 65,536 addresses
Bellsouth/AT&T block ( -
  • is 65,536 addresses
Bellsouth/AT&T block ( -
  • is 65,536 addresses
Bellsouth block ( -
So, you're asking to block a total of 196,608 IPs to block for this request, across 784 projects, for a total of 154,140,672 IP blocks, or basically most of the Bellsouth/AT&T customers in the United States? I don't think each of these 196 thousand IP addresses is primarily this one vandal, and suspect that you'd be doing Wikimedia quite a bit more harm in preventing these customers from editing than we solve by removing one vandal. Kylu 01:10, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
  Not done too broad, sorry, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 01:55, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Time to respond would have been nice and I could have given a list of known IPs for a more specific set of range blocks. But oh well, no wonder this kid is laughing at this entire project[1]. I've gone ahead and contacted his ISP since its obvious no one here cares about actually doing anything about this guy. -- Collectonian (talk · contribs) 02:14, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
We're glad you're sympathetic to the other hundred thousand SBC/AT&T users who would be affected, on all projects, by your proposed blocks. It's simply far too broad a request. If you'd like to propose, possibly, a much smaller rangeblock. You could try using geolocation services to determine the area the vandal works from and block the appropriate local ranges, or alternatively contact the ISP with the UTC timestamps and IPs, that way they can contact the parents of this kid and give him a rather stern talking-to about it. Either way, it's simply too much to ask to block one of the largest ISPs on the planet to keep one brat from writing naughty words on a wiki. Sorry. Kylu 02:21, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
I don't see where You have no time to respond. The ranges will not be blocked that is a fact, that does not mean no one would care, we simply can't lock out so many addresses that would affect too many good users. You seem not to understand that and take it personal that there will not be a global block on that ranges for 7xx wikis... Please, again, I am asking You to try to sort this out locally since this is affecting big wikis they should be able to handle this. Contacting the ISP can be a good idea too, so. Thanks, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 02:20, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
It was locked within a short time, not giving me time to respond to the concerns about it being too broad a request. I can provide a list of specific IPs he has used, which I presume could be used to do that geolocation thing mentioned above. I'm not a network guru, and have no idea how to deal with that. I also do not have that good of an understanding of rangeblocks, so I just noted the general common numbers, not realizing how many IPs it covered. And thus far, the folks who do the ISP contacts have ignored that request (it was filed). And I'm not saying I want to block the entire ISP's network, I just want this brat stopped period. I expected, this being Meta, that y'all could either take care of looking out for the other wikis, or at least provide actual guidance on how to get him dealt with in a better manner than just laughing it off and closing the request. -- Collectonian (talk · contribs) 02:37, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Yep, thanks, objection reviewed and objected. The global blocking of these ranges stands denied. My advise is to not to put that much emotions in a vandal, warn him, revert him, if he continues block him. And again I advise (seems to be unheard every time I try to explain it) to block him locally, thanks, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 02:43, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
He is blocked locally...every single day, sometimes two and three times a day. -- Collectonian (talk · contribs) 02:52, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

Can the known named socks at least be blocked globally? He is also now hitting as well under a named socked that has already been blocked on three other language wikis. -- Collectonian (talk · contribs) 06:25, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
Global blocks only apply to IPs and IP ranges. Kylu 06:27, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

  Not done
You have asked for things which either cannot or will not be done. Please make a report at Vandalism reports, where others can help you with the response to this vandal.  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 07:06, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

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  • appeal for the block time - not an open proxy - 189.81 is a common IP used by a famous brazilian provider. Thank you.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)
    note, is open, confirmed by Regards, —DerHexer (Talk) 21:38, 5 October 2008 (UTC) But, well, do not vandalize articles.
    Regardless of whether it is an open proxy or not, it has been used abusively cross-wiki.  — Mike.lifeguard | talk 21:45, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

DerHexer: Check your sources again. 189 is a common IP used in Brazil, and more than that, by thousands if not millions of users. All portuguese Wikipedia admins know that. It's one of IPs used by a paid subscriber, like AOL: Mike.lifeguard: That's not my point, I am not here to tell you to remove the block. The one-year time was due to the fact you are thinking this is some sort of open proxy, not the cross-wiki thing. If you didn't think that was the case, the block time would not be so hard...

AOL's range is indef-blocked on de:wp e. g. But it's true that I've chosen one year because of OP. Regards, —DerHexer (Talk) 22:26, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

OK, thanks for the clarification.

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Open Proxy. -- 22:30, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Hi, we do not block IPs globally just because they are open proxies.   Not done, no recent/ongoing vandalism on that IP. Last time I am asking You to stop making bulk requests. If You wish to learn which should be blocked which not, feel free to contact me on my talk, and login to Your account. Thanks, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 22:34, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

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Status:    Not done

I request the unlocking on this IP address. It is affecting several hundered college students who are required to provide evidence that they have edited a wiki as part of the A2 computing course. I request that it be unblocked as the work is being effected. With Thanks Tutor Pete Holt Globalhelper 13:54, 27 November 2008 (UTC)

  Not done, the IP had been used for vandalism only wikiwide, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 04:34, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

Request for global (un)lock and (un)hiding

Global lock/unlock for Account for SUL testing

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I create this account for SUL testing. Please lock it.--Account for SUL testing 21:08, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Had been done by Thogo iirc, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 00:15, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

Global lock/unlock request

Sock puppets of Канопус Киля, please, lock to prevent cross-wiki abuse, all accounts indef blocked in Russian Wikipedia. Evidence: local requests for checkuser information (1, 2, 3). — Ferrer 20:44, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Hello, I can't see that they are cross-wiki abusing right now and "Antanas" is locally not blocked.
I would prefer that checkusers request that themselves, they can even do that via the mailinglist.
Best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 00:11, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

Global lock for Joseac15

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  • Joseac15
    • Indef blocked on es-wiki and commons due to persistent copyright violations, please, lock it to avoid more damage to the project. Thank you Dferg (T-ES) 12:27, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
Hello, it seems that the user got blocked locally where he did damage, it does not look like he is switching to other projects to abuse there. Best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 00:12, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

Global lock for OBAMA KILLER

Status:    already done
Per request - Indef username blocked on enwiki a short while ago. TravisTX 03:56, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
Thanks had been   Done already some minutes ago :) best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 03:58, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

Global lock for BlackGangsta and user:

  Done, Wojciech Pędzich Talk 13:22, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Global lock for Barack Obama Supporter

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Inappropriate username. -- 01:44, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Helo, please read: Quote: "Here's a place where you can request accounts with offensive names or vandal-only contributions to be banned and hidden from the global user list." and stop adding senseless requests, thanks,
--birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 01:53, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Global lock for Dabbydabby, Dabby, Splat5572, Rschen, GYSH, Must eat worms, Eaxgwb6643, Sliketree, Jelly Blobs of Doom and Gtdac

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Abusing multiple accounts: AL2TB -- 23:44, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

Hello, please stop wasting our time with such requests.   Not done, part of the accounts are not even global, other part is not blocked locally and the blocked ones are only active where they are blocked anyway... --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 00:22, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Global lock for I-710

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Abusing multiple accounts: Freewayguy -- 23:25, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

  Not done: 1. account is not global, 2. no reason given that would justify a global lock, ask for local problem solving, thanks, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 23:28, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

Global lock for John McCain is a jackass and John McCain is a sidekick

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Unacceptable username. -- 23:16, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

  Done, thanks, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 23:21, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

Global lock for Gabriel Gray

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Grawp account across wikis (here]). Thanks --Herby talk thyme 09:16, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

  Done, thanks, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 12:18, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

Global unlock for I-210

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This account was mean't to be used on english wikipedia. -- 04:37, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

  Not done, [2], --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 05:14, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Global lock for Gay Antandrus

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Unacceptable username. -- 22:48, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

done, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 00:08, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

Global lock for NE3, Rschen7755, Scott5115 and Gwen Gale 2

Impersonation of users. -- 06:46, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

They've all been locked by Spacebirdy Kylu 07:48, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Global lock for Freewayguy

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  • Freewayguy
  • Freewayguy - Please see extensive cross-wiki block log, some for vandalism but mostly for intimidating behavior/harassment, apparently also including death threats. Is it possible to have a global block on this user? Thank you for looking into this. Cirt (talk) 16:05, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
Hello, can't be done: "There is no global account for "Freewayguy"", thanks, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 16:06, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
Is there some other way that this issue could be addressed, instead of local blocks at each project? Just trying to figure out the best next step/course of action. Thank you. Cirt (talk) 16:15, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
Local blocks only, we can block his IP, but it had been blocked for some time, is there something ongoing right now? --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 16:17, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
There was recent activity at en.wikinews - now indef blocked over there. Apparently he is using a proxy IP? Is there a way to force SUL unification of "Freewayguy", and then global block that? That might be the best way to go, considering the nature of the edits. Cirt (talk) 16:20, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
Nope, but if Wikinews contacts a steward or me in private we can block that IP globally again (no proxy btw.). There is no way of forcing SUL unification, also a "lock" would not be quite the same as a "block" because locking only prevents the login to that account, a block also has autoblock etc. (depends what one choses).
Best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 16:23, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

Okay thank you very much for this information. Cirt (talk) 16:26, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

Global lock for Chinese spammer

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Same spammer as Yan330207108 (already locked and hidden) and (perhaps consider a global block on that IP, as well).  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 03:43, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

  Done, best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 04:56, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

Global lock & hid for KeTonto ES

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Offensive user name. This account has been created with the single purpose to attack user w:es:KeLopez EN and vandalize. Thank you. Dferg (T-ES) 18:18, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

done, thanks, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 18:36, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

Requests for global permissions

Pmartin (editinterface)

I assigned Pmartin to a temporary editinterface group to update a script on many wikis that was broken by recent changes to Special:Search. I'll remove it when they're done. —Pathoschild 03:39:42, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Done. —Pathoschild 05:27:44, 02 December 2008 (UTC)

Editinterface to depreciate username blacklist

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Please add me to the global editinterface group to depreciate username blacklist on ~90 wikis. Entries will be moved to the wiki's title blacklist.  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 03:35, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Done, let me know when you're done. —Pathoschild 03:44:49, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  Done & double-checked.  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 19:34, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
Done (removed). —Pathoschild 23:45:48, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Global rollback for Melos

I'm already active in cvn-sw chan on IRC and a lot of time I must go around wikies to undo known vandal like this or this or this. I'm sysop of itwiki, scnwiki and scnwikt and I already use rollback feature. Global rollback may help me in vandal fight. Best regards --Melos 11:27, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

  Support very. --Thogo (talk) 23:51, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  Support, although he has not done yet a lot of reversions cross-wiki, he is working cross-wiki already for quite some time in this aerea, thanks for helping, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 00:14, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
  Comment Yes - Trusted user --Fabexplosive The archive man 09:34, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
  Comment Support, Trusted and active. Dferg (T-ES) 09:41, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
  Support--Nick1915 - all you want 10:15, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
  Support ++Lar: t/c 01:20, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

Global rollback for EdBever

I am an administrator on nl:wikipedia. I actively pursue vandals and linkspammers across all wiki-projects if I come across one during RC-patrol or after a request. I have to-date been active on 42 wiki-projects because of this, although on most projects I only have made a few edits. I have the Rollbacker status on both en:wp and nl:wp and I find that it makes reverting a lot easier.

I only use it for fighting vandalism. If possible (a low number of malicious edits) I try to give an explanation with each revert in order to give local users an idea why I am active on their project. I try to leave a userpage and user talkpage on each wiki I visit for this sort of edits. I report linkspam if necessary to the global-blacklist. On some cases manually reverting is just too time-consuming. This is why I request Global Rollback status. EdBever 19:26, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

  Comment - Endorse very active for fighting against vandalism.--Kwj2772 11:34, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
  Comment - sorry, but most of your cross-wiki work (not counting wikis in which you have over 100 edits) are userpace edits, such as cross-linking userpage to homewikis etc, only about a few dozen seem like actual cross-wiki work which goes back to around 6 may need more cross-wiki experience...--Cometstyles 11:39, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
Only after SUL was implemented I was able to keep track of which wikis I visited. On July 14 I went by all the wikis on which i had a SUL registry at that moment. Every userpage I wrote on another wiki was after I visited that particular wiki for vandalfighting or more likely wikiwide linkspamkilling. On most wikis you will only find several edits (some of which are on my UP and UT page). After all most linkspammers will not spam the vietnamese wikipedia. EdBever 15:36, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
the toolservers are not fully working, I am getting errors for luxo and vvv's tool, therefore atm I dont want to give either a yes nor a no, does anyone know if the toolservers will work fully again? Best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 13:18, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
From the toolserver list:
due to problems at Wikimedia, the s2-master server's binlogs were corrupted. this means replication on s2 is now halted.
re-starting replication will require dumping the cluster and re-importing it on zedler. this means it will be at least a few days before replication is re-started.
- river.
So, "soon." Hope that helps. Kylu 13:47, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
Thanks a lot Kylu, I will respond to this request 'soon' then :) --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 13:53, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
Update: Someone on the toolserver list asked for a clarification and got this response:
The dump was done and a re-import attempted, but failed twice. It seems like we need separate dumps for each wiki. It will take some time until this is done. I sure hope it'll be fixed until the weekend. - daniel
So, "soon" may not be as soon as we'd like. Kylu 20:25, 20 October 2008 (UTC)
  Support While the toolservers still are not fully working. Checking the contributions that could be found, the user seems to be involved in cross-wiki spam-reverting, thanks for helping, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 03:59, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
  Comment - Endorse - trusted admin and colleague on wiki-nl. MoiraMoira 16:15, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

Hm, I've seen your name the first time here. Luxo's tool shows a handful of recent reverts in a few wikis, but for me that's not yet enough for a "yes". --Thogo (talk) 10:22, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

  •   Comment - While I have seen your name on Talk:Spam blacklist a few times, I haven't seen you doing anything other than reporting spam. While there are a few wikis missing from the toolserver, I think the several hundred which are normal are plenty representative. I don't see a long history of dealing with vandalism, though spam removal does go back a bit further, I think. Nonetheless, it's been a short history; I would advise you to wait - do more work and once you have a solid record which folks doing similar work know, come back.  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 16:52, 20 October 2008 (UTC)
    A tad soon in my books, but is doing good work and would benefit from the tools. Give'er!  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 17:43, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
    Its not really a good idea to base your opinions on recent events, so what he was active on the blacklist in the last few days, I'd rather judge him on his contribs for the last 6 months and more than in the past few days...--Cometstyles 03:53, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
    That's why I mentioned that it was still "a tad too soon" - that said, if he's doing the work, he should have the tool. Incidentally, have we thought about removal for inactivity? I forget whether that was ever discussed...  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 04:42, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
    I don't know that we have, but we should. It's reasonable to remove it if it's not used at all, I should think. Raise it on this page's talk perhaps? ++Lar: t/c 01:51, 2 November 2008 (UTC)
  Comment in favor Trusted user on the nl wikipedia Sterkebaktalk 20:47, 20 October 2008 (UTC)
  Comment support trusted admin, good colleague, and very active on the Dutch wikipedia. Annabel 07:00, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  Comment support i recommend EdBever as a trusted user and experienced admin; he will know how to handle this responsibility as well i am sure. oscar 11:03, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  Comment support trusted and very active admin on nl.wp, i'm sure he'll do just fine. Silver Spoon 17:01, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  •   Comment - If this is only a matter of trust I endorse this request per Oscar. I'm positive EdBever won't abuse this tool and will do fine using it. I must say I agree with Mike though; I'd have liked to see some more cross-wiki work before requesting global rollback. I guess that makes this a weak endorsement. --Erwin(85) 18:05, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
    • Ed has been actively fighting cross wiki spam lately, so I fully support this request. --Erwin(85) 15:42, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
    •   Comment, Hi all - supporters, it is not the question if the user is a good sysop at (no doubt that is something additionally positive) and it is not the question if he would abuse it, but: is the user involved in cross-wiki vandalism/spam reverting and doing this for some time already on lots of wikis? Thanks for Your time, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 20:34, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  •   Comment Late to the party sadly. This user is actively engaged in dealing with cross wiki spam. They seem competent. They have sysop rights. Can't see it as a major issue. --Herby talk thyme 15:35, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
Although this is not a voting here, I see that he is widely trusted and I think there is no reason not to trust him and he seems to be willing to be active cross-wiki, so   Support. --Thogo (talk) 15:49, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
  Comment support User has a history of edits on multiple wikis. I trust him. Techman224Talk 04:26, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
  Done, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 14:42, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Global rollback for Luckas Blade

I'm an active member in cvn-sw chan on IRC and visit various wikis to undo vandalisms and mark pages for speedy deletion, like this, this and this. I've experience with rollback, because I'm sysop in ptwikipedia; and I've a global bot too. Global rollback may help me a lot to combat vandalism cross-wiki. --Lucas Nunes talk 01:01, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

  yes Belanidia 12:22, 2 November 2008 (UTC)
Changed to comment, since user is not a Steward. Kylu 04:00, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
  Support, looks like being involved in cross-wiki vandalism/spam reversion, thanks for helping, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 04:08, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
  Comment hmm most of your "cross-wiki" edits have been requests for your bots and your other edits are either reverting your own bots or recent vandalism reverts i.e mainly all in October which means you actually have cross-wiki experience since october 2008, which from my POV, isn't good enough, we are actually looking for experienced "cross-wiki" editors which believe me are not that many and you seem a bit inexperienced, I would ask you to continue doing what you started since October and I will happily support your request within the next 3 months if this fails..--Cometstyles 04:20, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
  Comment - I agree; I haven't crossed paths with you until quite recently, and luxo's backs up that initial impression. Please continue to do work in this area, and once you are more experienced, you will find more support. Thanks  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 04:26, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
  Comment Luckas is fairly new to cross-wiki work, but I think he's trustworthy and the tool would help him with some of the cross-wiki tasks he has undertaken.. --Versageek 16:14, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
  Comment Luckas is a trusted user on portuguese projects and have many experience with anti vandalism work. Sir Lestaty discuţie 22:32, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  Comment User is very active in cross-wiki vandalism and has edited over 125 wikis. Techman224Talk 22:46, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  Comment I think, it's ok. -- Ra'ike 21:50, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
  Support fine with me--Nick1915 - all you want 03:04, 7 November 2008 (UTC)
  Support Yeah, sure. --FiliP × 01:04, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

Request for a global account (Pmartin)

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Hello, I have got a temporary access to a Global user edit it s for to update the javascript when mediawiki or a bad copy/paste was made on Javascript. I just want to know if it s possible to convert this account in permanetly account. There is no problem for the big wikipedia but for the little like they need a little help. Pmartin 16:37, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

Not done; as we discussed on IRC, stewards do not assign permanent global access (except established global groups, by election). —Pathoschild 02:01:55, 25 November 2008 (UTC)