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Patroller edit

 

Hello.

Your account has been granted the patroller userright. This permission will allow you to mark edits and page creations as patrolled, view recent changes patrol marks and also quickly rollback consecutive revisions of an editor on a particular page. For more information on the patroller right, please see Meta:Patrollers. Feel free to leave me a message if you have any questions. If you no longer want this user right, you may ask any administrator to remove it for you at any time. Happy editing! ❄️Mykola❄️ 18:02, 17 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

GSR edit

Hi EPIC please note that GSR is intended for wikis with no (or almost no) active sysops. Preferably we want to leave deletion decisions to the local community if there are active sysops. You might want to use User:Hoo man/Scripts/Active sysops which helps you deciding when to request deletion at GSR. Johannnes89 (talk) 20:26, 18 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

Thanks, will check that one out! I use Twinkle which has a box for requesting at GSR, and I haven't really checked each wiki that carefully, but I'll consider being more careful in the future. EPIC (talk) 20:33, 18 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

Clarification regarding your advice edit

Hello EPIC, I would like some clarification regarding the advice you gave me on User talk:ChrisWx#Edit war with 2 things:

1. I used the IRC channel and used the admin ping noted on m:RFH to report. Does it usually take a while to respond, or was there an error with sending the message? How do I know whether the message sent or not? I have had no response so I am wondering.
2. Can I still revert the LTA, but not as much as I did earlier, or should I start avoiding them as a whole and let others deal with him?

Thanks in advance, ChrisWx 🌀 (talk - contribs) 00:53, 27 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

Nvm, got a response on IRC, though the 2nd question stands. ChrisWx 🌀 (talk - contribs) 01:19, 27 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
I would say, you can revert vandals of course, but if it is clear that every time you revert them, they will revert you back - in that case, it should preferably be left to a sysop. EPIC (talk) 08:00, 27 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
Yes, I will definitely keep reverting vandalism, but thank you for clarifying, it's good to know the best way to handle those situations, especially on less active wikis than enwiki (where I usually do anti-vandal work as a rollbacker). I will keep this noted. ChrisWx 🌀 (talk - contribs) 17:15, 27 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
Great! Regarding enwiki, they also have an essay about this (en:WP:NOROLLBACK). EPIC (talk) 17:17, 27 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
Thank you! That is a helpful essay that clears up some things I was previously wondering about. It's the kind of the approach I'm now trying to take with situations like this. ChrisWx 🌀 (talk - contribs) 17:57, 27 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

GRN edit

Hi, please don't process request in language that you don't speak or from project in which you aren't active (or if you don't know the policy), at least until you get some experience (or, if you want to process a request but you have some doubts, just ask!). This is completely wrong. Remember that quality is more important than speed and keeping the queue empty and you shouldn't process a lot of requests - from different projects and languages - so rapidly! Thanks :) Superpes15 (talk) 01:18, 30 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

@Superpes15: I know - that's why I declined the request, I usually reject users with blocks on other projects if nothing else. I didn't notice however, that this user's talk page access was revoked and that they could not request an unblock. I should have checked a bit more carefully before adding that into my statement, but either way a different global renamer would likely have declined the request due to the block. EPIC (talk) 09:19, 30 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
For clarification, I usually check four things before accepting renaming requests;
  1. is the user blocked on one or more projects, or is the rename sought to conceal or obfuscate bad conduct in a different way?
  2. has the user already been renamed in the past six months?
  3. has the user requested an inappropriate username?
  4. is the username too similar to an existing username, which the system reacts to?
If the answer to all of these are no, I'll usually accept their request. So, I do check before renaming, but yes, it might seem rapid sometimes. EPIC (talk) 09:54, 30 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
"Either way a different global renamer would likely have declined the request due to the block". Absolutely wrong. The block is for "nome utente inappropriato", so they need to be renamed, otherwise they can't be unblocked... As I said, please, avoid performing rename in a language that you don't speak or from a project with particular policy that you don't know! Thanks Superpes15 (talk) 23:57, 30 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
Okay, thanks - I'll try to be more careful in the future, but in this case, the talk page access is revoked on itwiki according to CentralAuth, and thus I was unsure whether the rename could be performed as the user could not request an unblock even if they were renamed. Their only contribution on itwiki also seemed to be an advertising userpage. EPIC (talk) 00:04, 31 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
Indeed, itwiki has a particular policy, it's the only project in which the user talk is automatically blocked (and can't be technically unblocked). Following the practice (and the local policy) the unblock can be performed immediately after the rename (but a local sysop needs to be contacted). Usually, as local sysop on itwiki, I rename and then unblock :) No problem, we all learn by mistake, and if you don't try to perform renames, you can't be wrong, but you will never be experienced :P But remember to just ask when in doubt, there's nothing wrong, we all can learn more and more every day here (and this is one of the reason why Wiki is so beautiful) :) Superpes15 (talk) 00:11, 31 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
I'll take that into account, thanks! This is my second week as a renamer so I'm still not entirely familiar with everything, but feedback is of course appreciated as it does help me improve. EPIC (talk) 00:16, 31 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
Something a little related; I saw the Steward requests/Username changes#שומר הזכויות, And the number of edits of the user who wants to change his name is small (20). I suggest (as they suggested to me ) working according to this this policy proposal, so that there are no unnecessary problems. Thanks, Neriah - 💬 - 22:23, 30 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
I also reacted to the fact that it was a little low, but, the user registered over three years ago and the edits they have made are serious. So yes, it was a bit on the border, but I'll give the benefit of the doubt since I don't believe the user, for example, will start vandalising out of nowhere, and we don't really have a clear policy regarding usurpations either. EPIC (talk) 22:31, 30 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

re xwiki edit

As you have provoked the LTA by responding, and they are now getting at you xwiki, I have added you to one of the global defensive filters that will give you some pseudo-page protection. I have curated it to match your editing/sysop profile though it may overly protect certain wiki pages in the user nss complex. Please let me know if it is overly protecting and I need to tweak that filter. Typically it would be comms from newer users where you are semi-active on the wiki. You can track global-181 if you wish, and I do keep a light eye on it when a newbie added, typically it has been working well for each user added.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:43, 4 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Unsure what you meant by provoke in this case, but thanks - I'll let you know if it's too harsh. EPIC (talk) 22:59, 4 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
wikt:provoke: with this LTA anyone joining the game of any attention is a provocation and a cause to get you to play their trolling game. Be it xwiki talk page edits, username mimicry, repeat deletion requests or reversions on a page, etc. they will try it all to get you to react. The one who reacts best to their pissant efforts gets their focus. Best to yawn, be bored with their efforts and not feed the troll.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:05, 7 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I knew what provoke means, I was just a little unsure how you meant. But that explains it - and yes, I usually abide by en:Wikipedia:Don't edit-war with vandals or sockpuppets and use RFH or IRC if it's case of an obvious LTA. EPIC (talk) 09:55, 7 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Billinghurst, d:Special:AbuseLog/28185573. This should probably not be done on a wiki where they are an administrator. ~~~~
User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
16:34, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
@1234qwer1234qwer4: and it shouldn't have as I have excluded wikidatawiki, so not certain why it has missed. I am going to have to explore and play, though no time at the moment. On the actual hit, that ICareBilling lot (w:en:Draft:ICareBilling) have been spamming us for a while xwiki, and my vindictive response to them is to give them the bird. <shrug> Also noting global search  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:17, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Billinghurst, Special:AbuseFilter/history/181/diff/prev/5792. ~~~~
User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
15:57, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Billinghurst, as a steward, their Meta talk page should probably not be protected either. ~~~~
User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
18:06, 2 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
@1234qwer1234qwer4: Everything changes "as a steward". I don't typically put stewards into that filter, nor even direct them towards that filter as its purpose is to stop the abuse of those who cannot defend themselves in those spaces, and they are typically not active in those spaces. Stewards, with their big pants on, can edit that filter, or make requests on edits to that filter.  — billinghurst sDrewth 19:59, 4 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Comment: If you do find it appropriate to remove me from the filter, feel free to do so. EPIC (talk) 20:03, 4 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

AGF edit

With metawiki, it is useful to AGF in certain cases where people make inexplicable edits, and to put a {{welcome}} message on their talk page. Rollback is useful, though it also can be confronting and challenging to some, so having the welcome message to point to if they escalate is helpful. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth

I have used {{welcome}}, but I usually wait with using it until I have seen that the user has made a few edits and thus likely are good-faith editors. I've had cases on my home wiki where admins have welcomed users before they have really made edits, and later instead prove to be vandalism-only accounts. So, yes, I have used the welcome template, and will likely do so in the future too, but I usually use it with caution. EPIC (talk) 09:55, 7 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Forced renaming for a dirty name edit

Hi EPIC, hope you're fine. I just notice your restore here, Thx for that, and found that you are a global renamer, so you may help. The account name is so dirty in Arabic, and he uses that name to insult an active user for his anti-vandalism contributions. Could you help with an informal forced renaming (to any arbitrary name), because I don't want to put his name here (at formal request), Thx --Mohanad Talk 22:58, 8 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

@Mohanad: Hello, thanks for your concern! I'm not really sure about this situation as I do not speak Arabic, but the best thing to do if it's a pure vandalism-only account is to hide the username from the logs, and maybe contact a steward if it's a case of cross-wiki abuse, as they have the ability to lock accounts globally. For example, we have علاء, who is a steward and is native in Arabic - he would likely be the right one to contact in that case. EPIC (talk) 23:10, 8 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thx again, hope علاء could help -Mohanad Talk 23:14, 8 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I just saw that Tegel locked the account. Thus this can likely be marked as resolved. EPIC (talk) 23:31, 8 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Hello EPIC and Mohanad. I guess you can't see the edits/account now, right? This is a long term abuser. Regarding such accounts, please apply request at SRG with {{LockHide}}. Best --Alaa :)..! 18:30, 9 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Nope, the username is now suppressed for me. As mentioned I don't speak Arabic, but I'm certain Mohanad was right about the name being inappropriate. EPIC (talk) 18:40, 9 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thx @Alaa, the name is suppressed now, but still appears at restore revision summary, is there a mass hiding solution, or should hidden one by one? --Mohanad Talk 21:54, 9 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Unfortunately, one by one. In my opinion, it's better to ignore --Alaa :)..! 13:25, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Your feedback is requested edit

Hello EPIC, We are conducting a poll of global renamers and stewards regarding some future toolings related to some rename requests. Your feedback is requested at the poll on VRT WIKI. Best regards, — xaosflux Talk 00:18, 17 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi there Xaosflux - I happened to see that survey yesterday, so it's done, except for one question I apparently had forgotten, so that is now also answered. EPIC (talk) 06:56, 17 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you edit

Hey EPIC, wanted to drop a note of appreciation for the fantastic job you are doing as a renamer. Thanks! – DreamRimmer (talk) 12:02, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi DreamRimmer, and thank you - I'm happy it is appreciated! EPIC (talk) 12:07, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Renombre de usuario edit

La página a la que me había movido por el renombre de usuario que pedí a Wikipedia ya no aparece como tal, he vuelto a utilizar Christhian Oliva y no ChristhianOliva.

Quiero volver a utilizar la nueva página que creó y no la que ha redigirido @LuchoCR que sale siendo la misma que había dejado Christhian Oliva (talk) 14:15, 6 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi, I will let LuchoCR handle this, as I do not speak Spanish. EPIC (talk) 15:39, 6 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Congratulations edit

Congratulations on being elected as a steward! Your dedication and commitment to the community have been recognized, and I'm confident you'll excel in your new role. Wishing you all the best as you embark on this important journey of service and stewardship. – DreamRimmer (talk) 06:33, 28 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you for the welcome! I will be happy to serve the community. EPIC (talk) 06:51, 28 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Kage edit

Thank you. :) -Manchiu (talk) 16:17, 28 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

No problem, thank you for reporting. EPIC (talk) 16:18, 28 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Congratulations! edit

Heartiest congratulations on your stewardship! Best regards, ─ Aafī (talk) 18:59, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you! It's been fun serving in these first days and it will be fun to continue in this next year too. EPIC (talk) 19:02, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Congrats edit

Hi, EPIC! Congrats for the selection. Nicely done! Julius 12345 (talk) 12:12, 1 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you for the welcoming! EPIC (talk) 12:35, 1 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Implementing community consensus in Belarusian Classical Wikipedia edit

Hello, dear EPIC! How are you? Could you, please, as a steward implement the consensus of the community in Belarusian Classical Wikipedia in terms of: 1) my election as an administrator (be-tarask:Вікіпэдыя:Адміністрацыя#Удзельнік:W), 2) enforcement of the rule on 3-year term limits for admins & bureaucrats (be-tarask:Вікіпэдыя:Галасаваньні/Правіла абраньня адмінаў) based on the results of the vote (6 for & 2 against)? (-1 against as inelligible) Best wishes,—W (talk) 06:56, 2 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi, we can't really implement a consensus if there isn't a consensus. The discussions are quite old (5 and 8 months each) so I don't know how well it reflects current community views. I would recommend opening new discussions on this, perhaps? EPIC (talk) 07:44, 2 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
It looks like the Belarusian community consensus has become wider with the second discussion. And in the 1st vote even the only voter against my adminship called the obstruction of vote results on the side of the bureucrat - a "dictatorship". I would also like to draw attention to the abuse of the same bureaucrat with blocking my account without any corresponding reason, based on the rules of Wikipedia. That abuse happened during the 2nd vote, that was rigged. I guess that makes the next vote problemtic & demands for the implementation of the previous ones. To put things into perspective, that same bureucrat blocked the forum for a year after my further criticism. Would it be advisable to ask for Office actions? Best wishes,--W (talk) 06:36, 11 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Hi, like mentioned I don't know exactly what happened here. But, we can't really act without any consensus, so it would be best trying to gain some kind of new consensus here. EPIC (talk) 06:53, 11 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Admin actions edit

Good day. Thank you for your contributions as a steward, but I noticed that you are doing administrative stuff that isn't covered by Meta:Meta–steward relationship#Administrative actions on Meta. Such as incorrectly classified G1s, G7s and some erroneous translations. Please either apply for local adminship or leave it for local admins. Thank you. --Min☠︎rax«¦talk¦» 03:46, 4 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi, have I missed out on something here? I was of course aware of the MSR, but I've gotten the impression that stewards can take local admin actions on Meta in obvious/non-controversial cases (e.g. for vandalism or spam). I have consulted with other stewards about this before, who have given their OK (and for example, see also here.) EPIC (talk) 07:15, 4 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Left a note there as well. G7s and other non-vandalism stuff should only be dealt with by local admins, unless they contain PII, which should be deleted and suppressed under the oversight policy. --Min☠︎rax«¦talk¦» 01:34, 5 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Minorax: I would disagree with you here as well - my reading of MSR is that G7 is covered under that rule. I personally don't like your comment, because it creates unnecessary friction with stewards who already have to be conservative with things like these. Leaderboard (talk) 04:37, 5 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I'm actually asking EPIC to refrain from doing administrative stuff that is not urgent enough for a non-admin to act. The only 2 points covered are blocking vandals and deleting vandalism. G7 is a speedy criteria for out of scope content, it may or may not be vandalism, if it's vandalism, it can be deleted under G1. I also stated that EPIC is free to request for local adminship so that their actions doesn't go against MSR. --Min☠︎rax«¦talk¦» 04:50, 5 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I do understand what Minorax is trying to say here, and I will be a bit more restrictive with local admin actions here in the future to take it safe. EPIC (talk) 06:01, 5 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Vandalism edit

Hej--I saw you blocked 204.191.56.227. I think it might be a good idea to block the range, 204.191.56.226/31. Thanks, Drmies (talk) 16:48, 5 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Good idea, I checked the cross-wiki contribs so I rangeblocked for a week as well. EPIC (talk) 16:52, 5 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

hi edit

I sent you a friend request but you didn't accept it :-( Lionel Cristiano (talk) 22:15, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Where did you send a friend request? EPIC (talk) 22:16, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
discord Lionel Cristiano (talk) 22:18, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Ah, I don't really check my friend requests there that often, but I usually don't accept requests from people I don't really know either. EPIC (talk) 22:31, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I am Turkish-Argentine, I supported Sweden's accession to NATO. And I supported u in choosing the steward.1 U made me sad bro :( Lionel Cristiano (talk) 22:44, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
i just want to be friends. Lionel Cristiano (talk) 22:48, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
No worries :) I don't have anything against anyone, and my messages are always open - it's just that most of the timr I have a hard time evaluating friend requests. EPIC (talk) 23:03, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
no problem, good night :) Lionel Cristiano (talk) 23:12, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
my love @EPIC Heiseneberg (talk) 12:23, 17 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Global block edit

Hi! I saw you blocked the IP 2402:7500:4E8:7B01:BBB6:5B03:796:DCF3 globally. The IP wrote a message on my discussion page (Norwegian wiki). About 11 hours later, the IP 2001:B042:3808:858C:D635:A621:1C6E:3D53 wrote the exact same message. Perhaps consider the same block on that IP too? Best regards. 1000mm (talk) 07:16, 14 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you, I've blocked that one as well. (also, you might get a quicker response if you report on SRG) :-) EPIC (talk) 07:56, 14 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

A global edit filter can help edit

Hi. I recently noticed that you globally blocked User:Jack99232 for cross-wiki spam (actually "Spam-only account", but the spam is ongoing on multiple wikis including Persian Wikipedia (fawiki) for a month or so). As an admin on fawiki, I created an edit filter to prevent spam only accounts from creating spam pages and block them when they try to create the page. The filter has been active for about 3 days and correctly blocked 6 users. I was thinking that this filter can help stewards to fight the recent spam, at least by creating some useful logs. I don't know if you can see the filter itself (It's private) or its logs on fawiki, let me know if you need local access to edit filters. Best wishes, Jeeputer (talk) 08:12, 14 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you for the help! (even though I'm not the most active when it comes to developing abuse filters) EPIC (talk) 08:20, 14 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thanks from SWMT member edit

  Thanks for your quick respond in SRG
It`s kind of annoying seeing the cross-wiki VOA/LTA flooding the SWViewer`s RC queue, especially when I`m waiting for the block after the report. Your quick block/locks are impressing and this Steward Barnstar is for you. Thanks for your work! ChasingAir (talk) 10:56, 18 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you for the appreciation! I'm glad I can help. :) EPIC (talk) 11:24, 18 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Avoided edit

Hi EPIC, Steward requests/Global/2024-w11#Global lock for Deutsche Bundesregierung is definitely not LTA Avoided. Even without LWCU that's quite obvious because the account was created using a mobile device [1], while Avoided usually doesn't use mobile devices (and Avoided usernames are usually offensive, e.g. nazi/racist/sexist hate speech or some kind of toilet „humour“). Looking at the CU Log [2] neither the provider nor the geolocation resembles anything I've ever seen from Avoided (e.g. [3]).

@Kleshkreikne I don't understand why you linked the dewiki sockpuppet investigation page for Avoided? That's hugely misleading, the account was never checkusered at dewiki (for obvious reasons, every dewiki admin could have easily told you that this is not Avoided). We've had multiple non-dewiki users falsely reporting accounts as Avoided in the past couple of months, please leave it to dewiki admins/patrollers who are familiar with Avoided to report them to SRG (if needed at all).

I suspect this account was created as a joke, perhaps by a student. The account was blocked at dewiki because the username could mislead people thinking its an official account of the en:Cabinet of Germany, but that's usually not a reason for global locking. @1234qwer1234qwer4 fyi. Johannnes89 (talk) 07:28, 20 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

My bad. Well I thought the username implies that this was indeed Avoided. I know Avoided has been known for their inappropriate usernames in German but sorry, I’ve never dealt with a sockpuppet from other than en.wiki. I realized my inexpierence somehow has led to this problem. So okay, unlocking it is completely fine even if I might not be familiar with other language Wikipedias. I’ve never dealt with this guy, nor even ISECHIKA. So let’s deem it as a false positive. kleshkreikne. t 07:34, 20 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Yeah, my bad too, I've usually been able to recognize Avoided (the usernames usually makes it quite obvious), but I suppose I just made a mistake. I will leave that account locked simply because it's not really worth unlocking and the username is not appropriate either (it's the name of Germany's federal government), but I'll be more careful. EPIC (talk) 07:44, 20 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Account creation was disabled, so they might theoretically still want to rename themselves. ~~~~
User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
11:42, 20 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I don't exactly remember this lock since it was a few days ago, but I think looked at the pattern with German usernames and IPv6 addresses. Not sure it really was Avoided now that this came up three days later, but given that the autoblock on dewiki has expired they have the ability to register a new account. EPIC (talk) 12:01, 20 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

item to check edit

Hi EPIC, would you please check on this: https://w.wiki/9ZxT ? Thank you, — xaosflux Talk 22:23, 25 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you, done and left a note there. EPIC (talk) 22:32, 25 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

User request edit

EPIC, please can you semi-protect my user subpage that ate very important for me and that page are include User:Aviram7/SimpleStatus/Install and User:Aviram7/SimpleStatus. if you semi-protect my both usersubpages on my request per WP:UPPROT, then I feel more happy ;if you feel free, so please protect them. :)~~ αvírαm|(tαlk) 06:44, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi, I'm not an administrator on Meta-Wiki so in accordance with the MSR policy I can't place page protections. You might want to ask the administrators through Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat. Thanks :) EPIC (talk) 06:56, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you for you're response, I'm not in rush and I'll wating for time when you receiving admin rights on metawiki, so, please hold my request until you didn't not receiving administrator rights. :)~~ αvírαm|(tαlk) 07:10, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
EPIC, Hello and congratulations for successfully receiving adminship on meta, now can you protect my two subpages that are mentioned by me was on first paragraph.😊~~ αvírαm|(tαlk) 03:24, 1 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Hello, given that I'm still quite a new admin and I'm not really aware if we also have such a policy here on Meta I still think I'm going to leave this to the other administrators. In other words, you can request on RfH, and other admins will be able to evaluate it. Thanks :) EPIC (talk) 06:45, 1 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Block User IP 114.10.139.104 edit

This user vandalized cross-wiki pages by placing tags carelessly without providing information. I find this user very annoying. Djuminten Rahmadani La Overview (talk) 12:04, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hello. I don't see any particularly further abuse? They made three edits cross-wiki some hours ago where they tagged pages for speedy deletion, but I can't see that they made any more edits after that, so I'm a little hesitant about placing a global block. Also, preferrably keep global block requests to SRG, thanks :) EPIC (talk) 12:11, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
EPIC, I suspect this anonymous user is using the same IP. Make edits by placing random tags personally on the Tommy Jonathan Sinaga Wiki page.
Djuminten Rahmadani La Overview (talk) 18:17, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
This doesn't seem like the same user to me? One tagged the page for speedy deletion, one removed the tag. EPIC (talk) 18:22, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I'm afraid an anonymous user made a careless edit. How can such an anonymous IP address come from Indonesia (edit style) and edit the page using the same mobile device? The perpetrator is the same person using a different IP address. It seems like he has a personal grudge against the page he edited. Sorry in advance, I was just making sure. :) ~~~ Djuminten Rahmadani La Overview (talk) 18:50, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
[+] This page was created 9 months ago, how can stealth users put SPAM tags. If you wish, please see here ~~~ Djuminten Rahmadani La Overview (talk) 18:57, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Congratulations, dear administrator! edit

  Congratulations, EPIC! You now have the rights of an administrator on Meta-Wiki. Please take a moment to read the Meta:Adminstrators page and watchlist related pages (in particular Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat, and Meta:Requests for deletion, but also Talk:Spam blacklist and Talk:Interwiki map), before launching yourself into page deletions, page protections, account blockings, or modifications of protected pages. The majority of the actions of administrators can be reversed by the other admins, except for history merges which must thus be treated with particular care. Please feel free to join us on IRC: #wikimedia-adminconnect. You may find Meta:Admin handbook to be useful. Please also check or add your entry to the Template:List of administrators. You're also allowed to subscribe to the metawiki-admins private mailing list (subscription instructions on that page). Again, congratulations and welcome to the team. --M/ (talk) 19:09, 31 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thanks to the community for the support! And like I've already mentioned, I do promise to take the feedback into account :) EPIC (talk) 19:37, 31 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Congrats! I didn't know the RfA was taking place, but if I did you would have had my support. --Ferien (talk) 20:08, 31 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Haha, no problem :P and thank you! EPIC (talk) 20:15, 31 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Attention please edit

EPIC, It is very clear that he is openly doing SPAM on Tommy Jonathan Sinaga BBC page. I suspect he has a grudge against the page. If you wish, see user contributions below :

Djuminten Rahmadani La Overview (talk) 19:50, 31 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi again. I'm mostly going to refer to Johannnes89's comment on SRG. I'm also not too sure these pages are notable, but either way any speedy deletion requests should be handled by local administrators. EPIC (talk) 19:57, 31 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Removal of access edit

In the case of Steward_requests/Permissions#Mtodo@jawiktionary, the Japanese term "対象" as in ja:wikt:Wiktionary:管理者#信任投票 (de-sysop policy) means "target person" (in this case User:Mtodo), rather than "the person concerned" (the machine translation you showed is wrong). Prefuture (talk) 05:44, 3 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you, but I'm still rather leaving this to another steward. EPIC (talk) 07:54, 3 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
You're welcome. Prefuture (talk) 07:56, 3 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi, There! edit

EPIC, View this user's contributions. Seems like a personal attack on an article. There is no local administration on the Toba Batak Wikipedia, so IP Vandalism users carelessly edit articles without checking the appropriate reference sources. Can you handle IP Vandalism? This IP user edits the page carelessly. I suspect he deliberately edited the page to lower the quality. then he put a SPAM tag.

Check out the biography of Tommy Jonathan Sinaga (Toba Batak Figure) covered by RCTI Television

Batak News: en: Tommy Jonathan Sinaga, Author of Toba Batak Inspirational Stories


Take a look at the contribution style of the vandalism users below, is it worth it?

If you pay attention to his contribution, the edit is only on 1 page. very clear personal attack.. Regards! Clara Simamora (talk) 19:06, 3 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

As I already mentioned further above, I will refer to Johannnes89's comment on SRG. I'm not sure either whether the pages are actually notable, but adding a speedy deletion to a page is not an attack and either way you should let the speedy deletion requests be handled by local administrators (or global sysops if there are none). EPIC (talk) 19:12, 3 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Vandalism edit

Hello @EPIC, a user has committed vandalism on Turkish Wikisource. The user made changes containing swearing and insults in Turkish. The versions have not been deleted because there is no active administrator on the project. Can you please unregister this version and other changes made by the user?

https://tr.m.wikisource.org/w/index.php?title=Topuz&curid=7116&diff=166545&oldid=153092&title=Topuz&diffonly=1

YG01 (talk) 22:14, 4 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thanks, done so. EPIC (talk) 22:21, 4 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you @EPICYG01 (talk) 23:02, 4 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

IP range global block edit

Hi, is it appropriate to the IP address range 1.128.16.0/20 xwiki-contribsSTIP infoWHOISrobtexgblockglistabuselogbullseye to be globally blocked? It's being used by the Australian childish vandal to create accounts on wikis for vandalism. He has been repeatedly making accounts on Wikidata and Wikivoyage so I think this should warrant a global block. But, I feel like some good-faith editors will panic upon seeing that their IP has been blocked across all wikis. TheWikiCyclone (talk) 06:51, 6 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Not sure it's the best solution given that it's a big range which will cause collateral damage if blocked, and it's not the only range ACV uses. If needed, abuse filters would probably be a better solution (which there already are some). EPIC (talk) 06:54, 6 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Yeah there are filters on Wikidata that automatically block for LTA bad replacements, but recently he has been mass removing links to articles on there and there is unfortunately no filter for that. So, the admins have to deal with that themselves. TheWikiCyclone (talk) 07:01, 6 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Long term abuse block edit

Greetings @EPIC, I noticed your block on my account for long term abuse. Kindly explain more about this to me. Thanks. Sayvhior (talk) 22:46, 9 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hello, your account is not and has never been globally locked. Might it be that your IP address was globally blocked, or something similar? EPIC (talk) 23:34, 9 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

934C Block - don't understand the reason edit

2806:101e:a:b0f9:549b:a2e:35e0:8ce8 and the block ID is #579755. Greetings - I got a message that I have been blocked by EPIC as per this message, "Your account or IP address has been blocked. 2806:101E:A:0:0:0:0:0/48?, you have been blocked by Johannnes89". The reason given by EPIC: "The block was made by ?EPIC? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:EPIC). The reason given is Long-term abuse."

Starting in 2009 I made some contributions to Wikipedia for a few years. For the last several years I have not done anything until the end of March when I noticed an error for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Bocho%C5%99%C3%A1kov%C3%A1-Dittrichov%C3%A1

10 of the 15 novels were listed as Wordless Novels whereas only 5 were wordless. I adjusted the list so that the ten were listed under "Other Novels/Cycles". Given that this is the first contribution/change I have made in years, I am unclear as to the basis of "long term abuse". None of my earlier contributions have been challenged. BTW I spend half the year in Mexico (where I am right now), and the other half in Canada - I am not sure if this has anything to do with the matter.

Please explain. Regards, Ken 934C (talk) 23:57, 9 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

@934C: The IP range was blocked for abuse, and might not have been directed against you. I would suggest sending an email to stewards wikimedia.org with information, and then we can take a look at it. EPIC (talk) 05:07, 10 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Problems on tt.wikipedia edit

Hello! Today I marked cross-wiki spam from Papa2004 on tt.wikipedia.org, but was blocked by the local administrator. My edits. What should I do? Thanks, regards. Кронас (talk) 15:34, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi - different wikis have different criteria for what can be speedy deleted and I think that what one wiki considers to be falling under the speedy deletion criteria might not fall under the same criteria for another wiki. Spam or not, the speedy deletion request was declined by the local admin, and in that scenario it's best to just leave it like that instead. EPIC (talk) 15:40, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
I understand, but the question is about removing the global cross-wiki advertising. All other wikis have already deleted spam (example), but this wiki pointedly refuses to take any action. They have accumulated more than 10 spam articles from one abuser (globally locked). Also, blocking for one useful edit (setting a template with a deletion request) is obvious abuse. The administrator does not want to engage in dialogue or answer my questions. Кронас (talk) 15:49, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Кронас there is no universal rule that projects have to delete articles created by LTA like Papa2004. My homewiki dewiki (one of the largest projects) doesn't have a rule like en:WP:G5 and frequently decides to keep such articles, unless they are of such bad quality that they can't be fixed by our community (or if the article subject is simply not notable). While I would personally like my homewiki to adopt a rule like en:WP:G5, there is no community consensus for doing that – and just like dewiki other projects (like ttwiki apparently) sometimes decide to keep those articles which we have to accept, even if we do not like it.
Regarding your block: A ttwiki admin removed your deletion tag [4] and instead of discussing their decision with them you reverted them [5]. They therefore blocked you for repeatedly inserting deletion templates without adhering to local policy, something which you could have been prevented by discussing with them first before eventually reintroducing the deletion request. Personally I don't think a block was necessary and is quite a hard decision, I'm sure you would have stopped when given a proper warning, but given that the block is only for one week and just for the article namespace I wouldn't say it's „abuse“.
I would just ignore what Papa2004 is doing at ttwiki if they decide not to delete the spam articles. There are plenty of other projects who are grateful if you help them fighting spam/vandalism. And in one week this block is gone as well. Johannnes89 (talk) 16:15, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you for such a detailed comment! After the first edit, I wrote to the administrator, trying to enter into a discussion with him - see tt:Kullanuchy_bәkhәse:Frhdkazan#Tendence (in Russian, you can translate via Google). But he chose to remain silent on 2 of my questions.
At the same time, on Wikipedia itself there is an increased activity of the spammer Papa2004, who actively rollback the placement of any templates on articles and also writes offensive comments addressed to me - examples in the edit histories [6] [7]
Administrator of this wiki make rules about significance at their own discretion. Other users also submit advertising articles for deletion, but administrator do not respond to their requests in any way - examples [8] [9] [10]. Is real big problem. Is it possible that the admin can act together with the offender?
I understand about the insignificance of that blocking, but why is it worth leaving it just like that? The spammer is laughing at us. Кронас (talk) 16:32, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
+1 to what Johannes said here above as well. I also think that a block was too harsh and I might not agree with their decision, but like it was already mentioned here, all wikis do not have the same criteria for speedy deletions. If a local administrator declines a request for speedy deletion it is better to instead just leave it as it is and let their decision be. EPIC (talk) 16:35, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Please explain edit

Why did you remove VRT permissions? They have nothing to do with being an admin or crat on Wikipedia. ···日本穣? · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 03:16, 14 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

I removed them on request by a VRTS admin, so it's probably them to contact in case of any questions (volunteers-vrt wikimedia org). EPIC (talk) 06:19, 14 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Tips edit

You can use some of mass rollback scripts (for example I'm using Selective Rollback) that has "Mark rollback(s) as bot edit(s)" option. Phạm Ngọc Phương Linh ♥

(T · C · CA · L · B · UR)
13:06, 14 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Yep, I have that script, but I think I had clicked the button for another mass rollback script instead so my rollbacks were not marked as bot edits. EPIC (talk) 13:09, 14 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Global IP Block edit

Hello @EPIC Myself Nexovia I am active contibutor of Wikipedia I have an rollback right also then I decided to contribute on WikiBooks but I was shocked by seeing that my IP has been globally block but strange I haven't literally made non edits in any projects of Wiki so I was pretty shocked by the Global block so please I request you to review it 27.34.108.148. Nexovia (talk) 10:34, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

@Nexovia: the IP in question is not globally blocked, and has never been globally blocked either. Might it have to do with a local block or an autoblock? EPIC (talk) 10:37, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
But it is saying that my IP has been blocked this is the IP 2400:1a00:b1e0:a172::/64 This is what written Your current IP address is 2400:1a00:b1e0:a172:536:f00e:118f:91da. The blocked range is ‪2400:1A00:B1E0:A172:0:0:0:0/64‬ Nexovia (talk) 10:41, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Oh. Well, that IP was blocked by another steward, so I would probably suggest contacting them. EPIC (talk) 10:45, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Have your Discord account If yes can you give me your username. Nexovia (talk) 10:48, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Like I mentioned the block was placed by another steward, not me. The best would probably be to contact them instead: User talk:Hoo man. EPIC (talk) 10:49, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
I am only asking your discord account not for this block for other purposes. Nexovia (talk) 10:53, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Is it some kind of personal matter? I normally don't contact others through Discord. EPIC (talk) 10:55, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Yes I want to ask you many things so it would be better me to talk with you you're the most active and friendly one. Nexovia (talk) 10:57, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Would it be possible to contact through email, for example? I also currently don't have access to Discord. EPIC (talk) 11:01, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Hoo man never replies to anyone I had looked through his recent Talk request so I don't think he is too active so I have send message to him but He hadn't replied any comment so Please could you do anything now I have to do many things on WikiBooks please. Nexovia (talk) 11:04, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
He was active as recently as today, I'm sure you will get a response. EPIC (talk) 11:05, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Not really I reccommend you seeing his talk page he has never replied a single message you can see. Nexovia (talk) 11:12, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
So please could you unblock me as the blocking admin not really replies. Nexovia (talk) 11:15, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Like mentioned the best thing to do is at least to wait first. EPIC (talk) 11:16, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Ok as mentioned I will wait. Nexovia (talk) 11:22, 16 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Check User edit

I am heavily involved at English Wikinews. There, I am an Accredited Reporter, a Reviewer, and Administrator and a Bureaucrat. One of our 2 Check Users (Cromium) is pretty much gone. I would like to become a Check User. How would that work?--Bddpaux (talk) 15:39, 17 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

@Bddpaux: Hi, if you would like to become a CU at enwikinews, en:n:Wikinews:Requests for permissions#CheckUser and Oversight seems to be where you can apply. EPIC (talk) 15:44, 17 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Global blocks edit

IP: 206.84.236.121 – cross wiki spam in section External links. I reverted most (all?) of them in different languages.

en:User:Vikaasa_Public_School in en:User:Vikaasa Public School/sandbox, and sandboxes in other Wikipedia languages. Already deleted and locally blocked by me on Norwegian Wikipedia.1000mm (talk) 12:11, 18 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thanks, blocked it for three days (and like last time, reporting at SRG might give you a quicker response sometimes, so other stewards can see it as well :) ) EPIC (talk) 12:18, 18 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

An IP editor changed your talk page archive edit

Please check special:diff/26641431 that was added to your talk page. Thank you for your attention. MathXplore (talk) 02:22, 20 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the information, moved it from there and gave a response here. EPIC (talk) 03:35, 20 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

EPIC edit

Hello EPIC, in the Turkish Wikibooks, this sysop has been inactive for 1 year. According to the policies, the sysop rights must be taken away. 176.55.193.33 02:19, 20 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

you need to look here. 176.55.193.33 02:25, 20 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
I'm not a vandal, calm down. 176.55.193.33 02:30, 20 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Hi. If you want to request removal of sysop access for a user, then please do so at SRP for transparency. EPIC (talk) 03:34, 20 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

You have email edit

I just sent you an email via the "Email this user" function here at Wikinews. Thank you, Michael.C.Wright (talk) 23:41, 24 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you, taking a look. EPIC (talk) 02:28, 25 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you. It's a noticeable difference! already. Michael.C.Wright (talk) 00:06, 26 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

IRC channel edit

Is the #wikimedia-checkuser channel on libera open to all, but invite-only? If so, can you invite me? I am registered as MichaelCWright on IRC. I don't have any immediate CU needs. This would be for future requests. Thank you in advance. Michael.C.Wright (talk) 16:12, 27 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Yes, the #wikimedia-checkuser channel is invite-only, but as that channel is intended for private discussions between CUs, and not for CU requests, only those with CheckUser access can get invited. EPIC (talk) 16:17, 27 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Ahh, okay. I'll ask that en.wn update their info. Do you know of a channel that is available for such requests? Was it open in the past and changed maybe? Michael.C.Wright (talk) 18:39, 27 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Disregard. I misread the local policy at en.wn. Michael.C.Wright (talk) 19:01, 27 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
You could perhaps try one of Wikinews' IRC channels (see IRC/Channels, there are many Wikinews related channels in the list so at least one of them should be fitting). But, we generally do not perform checks on wikis with local CUs, so to begin with, leave a notice on the CheckUsers' talk pages (and perhaps poke them through email at the same time). Please also note that it can't be publicly declared whether an IP has been used by an account, and you need to provide at least one other account to check with, otherwise it will be "fishing". EPIC (talk) 19:02, 27 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

The Special Barnstar edit

  The Special Barnstar
Hi EPIC, Just wanted to drop by and say thanks so much for your swift action dealing with those trolls,

I probably shouldn't use Meta for a local thing but I have always found Meta to be extremely efficient and quick (and I love your no-bs approach :)),
Thanks again EPIC, your help and swift actions are very much greatly appreciated, Warm Regards, –Davey2010Talk 18:32, 30 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hello, and thank you for your words! I am happy that my work is appreciated :) EPIC (talk) 18:33, 30 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Hi, You're very welcome, Your work is always greatly appreciated :), Thanks, Warm Regards, –Davey2010Talk 18:47, 30 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

2600:3C01::/64 edit

Hi EPIC. I thought I'd let you know that I've disabled this global block, locally on enwiki, due to the collateral (as seen in the global block log). It's a longstanding situation and I think the /96 is usually the relevant part. Let me know if there's an issue. Might want to keep an eye out for global collateral problems. -- zzuuzz (talk) 12:17, 1 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi Zzuuzz, no problem. If I remember correctly I blocked it when I was taking care of some LTA accounts, but if the block would cause collateral damage, I would be happy to set it to anononly as well :) EPIC (talk) 12:30, 1 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
I think you'll probably want anon-only at most, though anon editing is not generally a problem (we also have it anonblocked). Also consider /96 subranges at Linode. Over at en:WP:SIP it says there's only one IP in the range used by Wikiedu, but I haven't checked how accurate that is. I don't have any idea about global activity, but on enwiki Wikiedu puts hundreds of accounts through their Linode range in an average week. I think they're all logged in, but I think there's also a lot of account creation (I'd have to double check). I should mention when I say this that I happen to be familiar with the LTA that I think you're talking about (if so, they have a cuwiki page). It's one of those things we've learned to deal with, and in the grand scheme of things isn't overwhelming.. That's what I know, so I leave it up to you. -- zzuuzz (talk) 13:14, 1 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you. Well, I was not aware of the collateral when I blocked the range, but I'm also not the most experienced when it comes to Linode or rangeblocks of IPv6 in general (and usually haven't blocked IPv6 ranges smaller than /64). I think you are thinking about the same LTA (to be precise it was this one: revid link), but I've also not approached them too much and was not aware of the CU wiki page. I'll take a look at it, and also going ahead and setting the gblock to anononly in case of any collateral damage. EPIC (talk) 13:39, 1 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

SRG abuse filter edit

Hi, the abuse filter prevents me from writing "GRP" on SRG and says to use IRC instead. Instead I was using the person's actual name. Is this really necessary? You are responding to these reports almost immediately, so could this abuse filter be removed? Kk.urban (talk) 18:02, 3 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi, it was not me who created that filter in the first place, but if I'm not mistaken, the reason for the filter in the first place is because the LTA in question IP hops and usually doesn't stay on the same IP for long before moving on to the next. Now, I'm at SRG quite frequently and can usually quickly handle them anyway if they are recent, but if we imagine the scenario that there would be no steward available to assist at SRG, it would instead leave the stewards with a big batch of reports for stale IPs for them to handle. That is what we want to avoid, and that is why we primarily want GRP reports to be submitted to IRC instead.
So, that is the reason why the filter exists, if I'm not mistaken. Like I mentioned, I didn't create the filter, and if you want to discuss removing it, I suggest taking that with the creator of that filter, AmandaNP. However, I'm not too sure Amanda would be very willing to remove it either, given that she created it for a reason. EPIC (talk) 18:10, 3 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Kk.urban: While EPIC is responding to them immediately - this is the work of an overactive steward at the start, that usually calms after a few months. It's not usually a sustainable level. The problem is, even within 10-20 minutes, the IPs are abandoned, and a new one is obtained. People have told me "oh he will come back on it", which I haven't seen in at least 6 months of looking. Given these are P2P proxies, that means that anyone else on that IP will be affected by colleterial for the block period, while we actually aren't blocking GRP because he moves on after a few minutes to a new IP. In my opinion, we are still currently overblocking GRP, and we are feeding the trolls in doing it. So evading the filter makes no sense to me and is frustrating to see.
That said, EPIC is correct about the number of reports that would sit on SRG. Should EPIC ever have a medical situation, life change, be on vacation or be occupied for any period of time, we'd be foobarred by this reporting. Last year, we were over the template transclusion limit on the page it was that bad. That is why one of my points in the election was steward sustainability. So no, it's not good that these are reported to SRG for those reasons. -- Amanda (she/her) 23:13, 4 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@AmandaNP I see your point somewhat. However, are you saying that it's actually bad to block this user's IPs? Because if it's not done immediately, it's not done at all. I have seen dozens of reverts from a single IP address from GRP. Kk.urban (talk) 01:40, 5 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
If he's going to insanity (10+ reverts required in 10 minutes or so) then I can definitely see the point in blocking - though for a maximum of 3 hours. If it's 3 edits and it's all in 10 minutes, yes, it does more potential harm than good. I am not saying you are reporting all the ones with few edits, thats just the majority i've personally seen at SRG. I'm happy for us to handle the mass editing after we get to that point - just not preempt it. -- Amanda (she/her) 01:47, 5 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

strange notification on wikilokal edit

hello sir sorry for bothering you, can you help check a page on wikilokal which is showing a strange notification which is thought to be a hacking action [11] I've tried to contact the interface administrator but he's probably busy. I captured the picture here [12] 🍃Zulf🍃talk 09:31, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

I'm seeing the notice on the mobile site too, however, I have no idea what it is. EPIC (talk) 09:35, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Is this an Android-only thing? I'm not getting it on my end. --SHB2000 (tc) 09:41, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Well, I use iOS and saw the notice when I opened the idwiki page linked above and switched to mobile view in Safari, but I didn't see it again. EPIC (talk) 09:43, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Strange – normally, if I saw that, my mind defaults to "remnants of a vandal", but I can't see that being the case here. --SHB2000 (tc) 09:46, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@EPIC Those are insulting sentences and words, of course they shouldn't be on the wiki. what's the way out? 🍃Zulf🍃talk 11:50, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
It seems to have to do with this page (where the same notice is showing), so I think it just might be something transcluding it on the "Pengurus" page. EPIC (talk) 12:00, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@SHB2000 try on this page [13] 🍃Zulf🍃talk 11:48, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
I don't see that message on that page. --SHB2000 (tc) 12:00, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@SHB2000 there is a delay of a few seconds/minutes, try waiting 🍃Zulf🍃talk 12:03, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@RamzyM (WMF),Bennylin Mohon maaf sebelumnya dan mohon izin untuk memanggil disini untuk menyelesaikan permasalahan. ini mengenai idwiki ada notif yang tidak pantas dan saya tidak tau sumbernya. Terima kasih 🍃Zulf🍃talk 12:07, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Once again, it rather seems to have to do with a notice on this page. It seems to have been transcluded for some reason, but it's likely caused by that. EPIC (talk) 12:09, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@EPIC Oh yes, same, I will try to contact the person concerned. Thank 🍃Zulf🍃talk 12:12, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
  Done problem solved. Thanks a lot. 🍃Zulf🍃talk 15:39, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Spambots edit

Hi, as you know, the usernames of spambots usually follow a certain pattern. Is it okay to report to SRG just because of the usernames. For example, I am almost sure that Special:CentralAuth/Simonmohing0072458 is a spambot because of the username alone. Seawolf35 (talk) 18:29, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

And thanks for all the quick responses! Seawolf35 (talk) 18:30, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Well, the best thing to do is that if unsure, it's best to check the filter log and/or spam blacklist log beforehand, to see if any there have been any spambot-like activities from the account. I'm not sure that's a spambot - they usually have the first letter of the last name in uppercase, and there is nothing in the logs from that account. The most typical spambot pattern is registering at small wikis with "NameLastname" (and maybe a number after that too) as the username pattern, and then trying to create the classic NTSAMR user page (which, if not published, is logged in the filter log or spam blacklist log). And if it's still unsure, LWCU can be of help, but given that the account doesn't really look like the usual spambot pattern I'm not sure about locking it. EPIC (talk) 18:37, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thanks. Seawolf35 (talk) 19:08, 7 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Complicated thing edit

I ask for opinions and help regarding this problem. So I was trusted to be one of the management selection committee at IDwiki [14]. It was going well until there was a fairly complicated problem. my colleagues resigned [15] this was quite complicated where the committee only had 3 people left and the only one who was quite active was me. an examiner is also less active and an administrator is also in the running to become an examiner. [16] Meanwhile, the election must continue because it has been agreed on the schedule, etc. previously at (warungkopi). I am quite overwhelmed and limited regarding this where there are limitations such as needing page protection and announcing info on protected pages. so if possible I ask for administrator rights, temporarily until the event is over, because there are many tasks that I need to do. Of course I know the policy regarding this tool. I don't want this event to be canceled because this includes the election of new administrators and checkuser too. I don't want to disappoint many people. so what do you think? 🍃Zulf🍃talk 07:16, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi, if I understand you correctly, you want to request temporary administrator rights during the elections in idwiki? If so, idwiki has local bureaucrats, so I would recommend asking one of them and see if they can grant you. EPIC (talk) 07:23, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@EPICLocal amendments should not be possible yet, and there are no regulations regarding this matter. I don't mean to badmouth the performance of bureaucrats because that's a personal matter. where permission to grant rights (Pending Changes reviewer) requires quite a long time. Please understand the shortcomings of local wikis. 🍃Zulf🍃talk 07:45, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
please help me in this urgent time. 🍃Zulf🍃talk 07:46, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Well, once again, since idwiki has local bureaucrats, they are the users responsible for granting adminship there. So, please contact them since there isn't much stewards can do in this case. EPIC (talk) 07:48, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@EPIC usually bureaucrats rarely respond to sir, I believe you can help. because my reasons are grounded and can be justified I think until July 15 2024 is enough.
I looked at SRP This page is used to request that Administrators grant or revoke the access rights of Administrators, Bureaucrats, user reviewers, and supervisors on Wikimedia projects that do not have a local access rights request procedure. 🍃Zulf🍃talk 08:14, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Yes, we are responsible for granting permissions on Wikimedia projects that do not have a local access rights request procedure. Idwiki does not fall under that category because they have local bureaucrats, in other words, a local procedure for granting rights. I will say this one more time - please contact them, given that most of them have edited in the last few weeks (and one of them was even active as recently as today), and that this isn't exactly uncontroversial, given that there is no local election. EPIC (talk) 08:32, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@EPIC okay fine i will find a way out. Thank you for your time. sorry i like to bother you. 🍃Zulf🍃talk 12:09, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
No problem, but I hope you are able to resolve it in the end. EPIC (talk) 12:11, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi edit

can you please tell me where did my request go? Thanks. Zoglophie (talk) 11:48, 9 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

I moved it to Steward requests/Global permissions, as you had posted your request at Steward requests/Global, which is meant for requesting global blocks and global locks, while your request seemed to regard requesting a global IP block exemption. EPIC (talk) 11:51, 9 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Abusive username edit

Can you hide this user?

Because In our language "Pukimak" is a harsh word. Regards. :) Fazily (talk) 13:51, 9 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

  Done, but also, note that these requests can be published at SRG for transparency. EPIC (talk) 13:55, 9 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Alright, thank you. Fazily (talk) 13:57, 9 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thanks from Lookruk edit

  Thanks for your work as a Steward
Hello, EPIC. I'm sad to see you submit your resignation from Steward and all rights to another project. Actually being a steward isn't easy. It's difficult to get. Including collecting work from various projects and more, but I'm glad you were a steward. I know you have worked hard since you were elected. Thanks for considering the steward requests from me and from others. I understand your reasoning and hope you get through it. And we always welcome your return. Thanks you very much. --Lookruk 💬 (Talk) 02:36, 12 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you for the apprecation, and I'm happy the work I've done over the past few months has been of use. It was of course not easy, but, I have done a lot and gotten to know a bunch of good people, which I am thankful for. EPIC (talk) 02:49, 12 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Solving script edit

Hi. I would like to offer you my script for closing reports instead of SRG.js. It has more features, it links to a section in the summary (which makes it easier, for example, for those looking in watchlist or RC) and it works the same as SRG.js but on several pages. You can also test it in the sandbox by configuring it for yourself as given to see if you want to use it. I'll be happy to help if you need anything. AramilFeraxa (Talk) 12:50, 15 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you for the information - I will take a look at it soon. EPIC (talk) 12:52, 15 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

A barnstar for you! edit

  The Steward's Barnstar
Thank you for all the incredible steward work, I have been highly impressed with the way that you quickly handle reports on SRG and have removed the backlog that was previously present for multiple months. While I'm glad to see that you've chosen to stick around as a steward, if there ever is a time where real-life issues get so prevalent that they feel the need to make you have to step back for a while, then, as M7 put it, I will second any decision that you make, as what's best for you is what matters the most. All the best, ChrisWx 🌀 (talk - contribs) 20:45, 16 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you for your appreciation, and I am glad that my work is still valued. I do indeed feel quite a bit better than I did a few days ago, but I will take a break when I feel like I need it (which is yet to see when that happens, but I hope to be able to stay active for some time). But, once again, thanks a lot :D EPIC (talk) 20:53, 16 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
You're very welcome, and of course it's still valued, you do a wonderful job with quickly handling requests, while also taking the sufficient time to evaluate more complicated requests. Of course, absolutely take a break when you feel like you need to, take care of yourself first. All-in-all though, you simply are, as the name suggests, an EPIC steward.   ChrisWx 🌀 (talk - contribs) 21:13, 16 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Yeah, I will, and thank you once again :) EPIC (talk) 21:28, 16 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
You're very welcome again!   ChrisWx 🌀 (talk - contribs) 21:32, 16 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Wow, I'm glad you won't leave. Keep working happily. --Lookruk 💬 (Talk) 09:51, 19 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for the appreciation :) EPIC (talk) 09:55, 19 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Item to check edit

Hi EPIC, please check on this. — xaosflux Talk 10:34, 18 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

@Xaosflux: Thanks - I responded in the UTRS appeal. EPIC (talk) 10:54, 18 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thanks, I actioned that. — xaosflux Talk 11:12, 18 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Persian wikivoyage edit

hello. The situation in persian wikivoyage is really bad. The project's only admin (User:AFlorence) hasn't been active in project since 2021. Because of that no new access like rollback, autopatrol, patroller, etc has given to new members. In addition there are dozens of pages that nominates for speedy deletion and somebody should delete them. AmSiDeAth (talk) 17:47, 18 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi, if the main problem is that there is a large amount of pages needing speedy deletion, you could consider leaving a request at SRM or applying for adminship on the project. EPIC (talk) 17:59, 18 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
thank you. AmSiDeAth (talk) 18:03, 18 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Impossible deletion edit

I saw that you tried to delete this page, but it didn't work. I managed it, but I had to use the API interface because I couldn't do it directly either. Weird MediaWiki stuff. ━ Albertoleoncio Who, me? 22:17, 20 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you. Johannes had brought it up in the stew channel earlier and I suggested to try phab, but glad that won't be needed then :) EPIC (talk) 04:39, 21 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Wikidata block edit

Can you tell me why I have been blocked on wikidata? The reason given was long term abuse, I don't know what I've done to cause being blocked?

This is the message I get:

Your IP address is in a range that has been blocked on all Wikimedia Foundation wikis. The block was made by ‪EPIC‬. The reason given is Long-term abuse. Start of block: 09:47, 20 May 2024 Expiry of block: 09:47, 20 June 2024 Your current IP address is 1.146.43.2. The blocked range is 1.146.32.0/20.

Thanks Mhaining89 (talk) 08:21, 22 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

The block was not directed towards you but another user. I am trying setting the block to anononly instead. Are you able to edit now? EPIC (talk) 08:25, 22 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you, yes I can edit now. Is there any way to prevent this happening again? It seems to happen periodically. Mhaining89 (talk) 00:09, 23 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Hi, I don't think there is much more to do about it now, the block is now changed and no further action is needed. If it becomes more of a problem in the future you can consider applying for a global IP block exempt or a local IP block exempt at Wikidata. EPIC (talk) 01:37, 23 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Cross-wiki LTA again edit

Fazily📩 10:44, 22 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Wait, wrong IP Fazily📩 10:45, 22 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
I blocked the 180.242.69.12 as that seems to be the address in that range that has been going on today. EPIC (talk) 10:47, 22 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Well, thanks by the way. :) Fazily📩 10:48, 22 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Removal of Permissions edit

I've contacted you before. We have a user at English WN (TUFKAAP) -- voted to have his sysop/admin. privs removed -- I am an Admin and Bureaucrat there. Can you take that action for us, please? Bddpaux (talk) 15:45, 24 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

@Bddpaux: Hi, local bureaucrats on the English Wikinews are able to remove sysop rights. Have you tried contacting one of them first? EPIC (talk) 15:50, 24 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Did you realise that @Bddpaux: is a bureaucrat himself - so he can remove it yourself via wikinews:Special:UserRights. Leaderboard (talk) 17:28, 24 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Leaderboard: Bddpaux is actually not a bureaucrat at enwikinews anymore - they resigned that role in October last year [17]. That is why I directed them to one of the other three bureaucrats. EPIC (talk) 17:30, 24 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Oh apologies; he said above that he was. Leaderboard (talk) 18:26, 24 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Actually: You're right! I most certainly did! Brain cramp! How can I get Bureaucrat back?--Bddpaux (talk) 19:41, 24 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Bddpaux: Hi, I do not know if this applies to the English Wikinews, but some wikis have a system where if you resigned your user rights uncontroversially and in good standing, you can request your rights back. If this is not the case at enwikinews, what you will have to do is submit a new candidacy for bureaucratship. EPIC (talk) 20:24, 24 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Yes. Right. Yes. Problem is: Our 3 'crats are pretty much in the wind at present. That is the sticky wicket. I am trying to put some kind of infrastructure back together again, if possible. I have been voted to become a CU (as we are hurting for CU's)... but I think I should get 'crat back and then worry about CU. See? And, for the record: there was no controversy -- I just retired, and now am trying to UNretire. So: Can you turn on a switch or two?--Bddpaux (talk) 22:44, 24 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Bddpaux: Well, I also noted their inactivity, but to begin with, you should try contacting them. For example, Gryllida edited globally a little over a month ago, so that might be a hope. In the case a new bureaucrat candidacy will still be required, we would also leave that to local bureaucrats first, but it can be processed by us in the case that the local bureaucrats do not respond, as long as it meets the general voting criteria. So, yes, try to reach the crats first (and perhaps also send an email notification about it to one of them, which a lot of the time does give a quicker response time even if they are less active). EPIC (talk) 01:02, 25 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Check User at English WN edit

So: Can you take action on my CU nomination, please? Hopefully, my 'Crat nomination will move quickly.--Bddpaux (talk) 21:27, 29 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi again! Well, as per the global CheckUser policy, the vote will need to reach at least 25 votes for us to be able to action on it (which can be a bit difficult, but, sadly, it is the policy). EPIC (talk) 21:30, 29 May 2024 (UTC)Reply