< Stewards‎ | Confirm‎ | 2021


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  • Languages: es, en-2, fr-1 (can read and understand texts in an, ast, ca, gl, pt and few other romanic languages).
  • Personal info: Hello. On 2020 I've been active on various areas, focusing mainly on cross-wiki countervandalism, maintenance/housekeeping and anti-spam activities as well as responding to on-wiki requests of various types. I've also helped with the yearly admin activity review checks and the bot policy implementation, among other miscellaneous stewards' tasks (e.g. renaming users, clearing some backlogs, discussions, etc.). I think I can still be of service, and I'd like to volunteer for another term if the community think that's okay. Thank you. Best regards.
  • Idiomas: es, en-2, fr-1 (comprensión escrita de an, ast, ca, gl, pt y un poco de italiano).
  • Información personal: Hola. Durante el año pasado y como de costumbre he estado activo en las áreas del mantenimiento y patrullaje multiwiki. De igual modo me he estado ocupando de atender las diversas solicitudes que se nos presentan en Meta. Adicionalmente he seguido echando una mano en las revisiones anuales de actividad administrativa, proponiendo a más proyectos la política estándar de robots y desarrollando otra serie de tareas adicionales tales como renombrar a usuarios, quitar trabajo atrasado y participar en discusiones con mis compañeros. Creo que todavía puedo ser de utilidad y por ello solicito la renovación de mi permiso un año más. Muchas gracias. Un saludo.

Comments about MarcoAurelioEdit

BACKGROUND: on 2 December 2020 you globally locked a user as an LTA (long term abuser). The Global account information indicates that this user registered an account on 3 November 2020 and has contributed a total of 50 edits and was blocked only on Meta.
This user came to my attention when they asked a newbie-type question on 5 November 2020 at the Village pump of the en-wikiquote. The same user posted a follow-up question on my user-talk on 12 November 2020.
It was only by a coincidence that I discovered this user was globally blocked as an LTA within less than a month of registration. Since I thought this was a potential new contributor I was curious to see what this user did to deserve the reception they got from our community.
According to the Global account information which is linked from the newbie's contributions page, you, MarcoAurelio, were the only admin involved in the blocking of this user on META, where the user made only one contribution to Wikimedia Forum on December 2 shortly before being blocked by you.
  1. What is the definition of LTA ?
  2. Do stewards consult the documentation in regards to LTAs before blocking users for this offence? If so where is the documentation?
  3. Where can the community view and participate in discussions about blocking particular users for Long Term Abuse?
  4. What is the appeal procedure?
  5. Can any concerned user start an appeal procedureon behalf of a globally locked user?
Thanks in advance, Ottawahitech (talk) 18:11, 6 February 2021 (UTC)
Happy to answer.
Regarding the account FCoonerBCA, they're far from being a newbie, because they're another sockpuppet account of Huik01, which has been abusing multiple accounts since 2009, that is, 11 years. The sockpuppetry was confirmed based on non-public tecnical evidence after a request, so I cannot share more details on that specific.
There's no formal definition of what an long-term abuse[r] is. We have to use our judgement to decide when a global lock is or is not appropriate, usually based on precedent and common practice. Of course, global blocks are there to stop vandalism/abuse so if there's no abuse, no global lock will be issued. The same is true if the abuse does not ammount to a level where individual communities can manage the case themselves. There's an information page with common reasons that have been used to request global locks but it's not a closed list. People can request global locks and unlocks at Steward requests/Global, and a steward will consider the request. Global locks can also be the result of a global ban, but those are always after community discussion and consensus (except those done by the Wikimedia Foundation pursuant the WMF Global Ban Policy and the Terms of Use; the community plays no role in those although some of those may be eligible for review). Locked users can inquire and appeal their global locks by email to our OTRS queue. Any user can ask the stewards to reconsider a global lock in the Steward requests/Global page. While Meta does not have any formal prohibition against proxying, it's best if the locked user themself addresses their concerns directly to us as usually we'll have questions that are best answered by the concerned user.
Regards, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 19:48, 6 February 2021 (UTC)
@MarcoAurelio: Thanks for reponding. I have checked some of the links you provided, and am wondering if it is possible a mistake was made somwhere along the way?
Here is what I found so far:
  • USER:Huik01 was globally locked 11 years ago. This means he cannot even log in to any WMF-wiki. Before being globally locked Huik01 was indef-blocked on enwiki in 2009 as a 'Vandalism-only account and his talk-page access was removed immediately. The admin who single-handedly carried both blocking actions (User:Tnxman307) is "Retired" according to their enwiki userpage.
  • On enWikinews Huik01 was indef-blocked because of: Abusing multiple accounts: Sock of banned troll" by User:Blood Red Sandman who according to their enWN userpage is no longer an admin.
  • On enSimple Huik01 was indef-blocked because of: blocked on other projects as well as other reasons by User:Juliancolton who is no longer an admin on ensimple but is still an admin at both enwiki and commons.
Can you shed more light on this situation? Thanks in advance, Ottawahitech (talk) 17:22, 16 February 2021 (UTC)
I am sorry, but I cannot really know what motivates somebody to either keep contributing or not for any period of time, or keep infringing upon community rules and sanctions for so long either. Huik01's enwiki talk page was not removed immediatelly as you claim: only after abusing their talk page posting homophobic edit summaries and racist slurs the admin revoked their talk page access. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 19:10, 17 February 2021 (UTC)
Thanks for responding, MarcoAurelio. Yes those edits which you have linked to are pretty bad. As far as talk page was not removed immediatelly according to my calculation only eight minutes elapsed between the time Huik01 was blocked and the time his usertalkpage access was removed. According to the enwiki block log: Huik01 was blocked on 18:37, 28 December 2009 and their user-talk-page access was removed on 18:45, 28 December 2009. Ottawahitech (talk) 01:07, 18 February 2021 (UTC)