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Merging Pages[edit]

 – Rummskartoffel 21:31, 4 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

What happened last night with all of the admin reverts?[edit]

A user (ДЕДА КАРА) apparently insulted a bunch of people? I saw the revert summaries.

Asparagusus (talk) 14:25, 3 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

THey were rev del'd from what i Saw in my watchlist. Probably for good reason. ― Blaze WolfTalkBlaze Wolf#6545 14:26, 3 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
It involved graphic and obscene personal attacks against another editor. Cullen328 (talk) 14:35, 3 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
On this page too. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 16:14, 8 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
This appears to be a WP:LTA case involving socking and harassment across multiple Wikipedia projects. If stuff like this appears again (and it probably will), I suggest contacting an admin asap via email or WP:AN, and simply reverting each time it's been added. No need to try and engage this person per WP:DENY. -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:00, 8 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Dyslexia is my Voice[edit]

I truly beilve my dyslexia has prevented me from successfully setting up a professional Wikipedia account to the same standard of other users.

I would like to use my Wikipedia to add as a bedded link from social platforms.

I have this amazing ability to help other's ie Movies, Radio production, festival organising, Hosting Celebrity charity events and charity fundraising.

However my abilities are very limited, setting up a Wikipedia is a stuggle.

I would please like some assistance Wikipedia if possible.

Many kind and best wishes Nick Scurr of Nicks Music Promo UK Nicholas Scurr (talk) 18:10, 21 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Nicholas Scurr This page is for discussing the operation of the Help Desk, and is not the Help Desk itself, please post to the main Help Desk page. 331dot (talk) 19:44, 21 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Just possibly attempted vandalism?[edit]

I may be (probably am) barking at shadows, but it seems remarkable that in less than three hour today we've had two seemingly independent requests to change the DoBs of two Southern-hemisphere sportsmen – Connor Evans and (presumably) Darryl McCormack – from two very new account holders with somewhat similar user names. Anyone want to keep a watching brief on this? (As a deliberately Account-less though long-time editor, I am not best placed.) {The poster formerly known as 87.81.230.195} 90.209.235.54 (talk) 19:33, 23 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

If you suspect puppet accounts, ask on WP:SPI; but have some proof. Also, you should ask such questions on Wikipedia:Help desk, not its talkpage as you did. Best, A09090091 (talk) 19:46, 23 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
A09090091, I do not really suspect puppet accounts and certainly have no proof; I was merely expressing an uneasiness in order to alert others to something that might become more evident in future.
I disagree with you about not using the Talk page for this. In the 15+ years I have been a regular on the Ref and Help desks, their Talk pages have to my perception been the usual venue to discuss putative misuse of the Desks themselves, in order to avoid publicly pointing the finger at possibly innocent parties, to perhaps avoid actual miscreants being alerted, and to avoid distracting ordinary Desk querants with administratively-oriented matters irrelevant to their interests.
If however you can link written policy/guidelines to the contrary, I will readily admit I am mistaken. {The poster formerly known as 87.81.230.195} 90.209.235.54 (talk) 00:06, 24 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
That's not what the talk page for the Help Desk is for: it's to discuss the operations of the Help Desk, a "meta" page, if you will. Neither here nor the main Help Desk page is the appropriate venue, though asking on the former will usually get someone to direct you to the right area. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 00:16, 24 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@IP 90.209.235.54: I'm not sure how posting anything on any Wikipedia page would help to avoid publicly pointing the finger at possibly innocent parties or to perhaps avoid actual miscreants being alerted. A talk page is no different from any other Wikipedia page in that it's publicly visible to anyone who wants to look at it. If you really want to avoid any of the things you mentioned, you should seek assistance via email. As for using a talk page to discuss things such as this, it can and has been done before by others for sure, but it might not be the best place for it depending on the details. In this case, the suspicions of sock puppetry have more to do with certain accounts than with the operation of the HD per se; so, it would've probably been better to raise such concerns at ANI or SPI than here because there's not much anyone can do about them here. -- Marchjuly (talk) 03:15, 24 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
While they're public in the technical sense, few people not actively concerned with the smooth running of the Project are likely to look at them unless prompted: avoid publicly pointing . . . and to perhaps avoid . . . because an "innocent user" will almost certainly not, and an actual miscreant might not.
I hesitated to go to ANI or SPI (concerning which I have little to no experience) because (a) nothing obviously untoward has actually evidenced itself yet and (b) as a deliberately Account-less editor (which means that some Wikipedia email functions don't work for me) I prefer not to get that deep into administrative affairs. All I was trying to do was suggest that others be alert about something that might be becoming evident from Help desk requests, and I was careful to preface my remarks by admitting that I was probably mistaken.
In any case, I am now admonished and corrected; in future if I catch a whiff of smoke, I'll keep quiet and see if anybody else eventually has to point at flames. {The poster formerly known as 87.81.230.195} 90.209.235.54 (talk) 04:31, 24 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Talk pages are public in every sense and sometimes users being discussed end up getting pinged or otherwise notified even if you're not the one to do so. I have no problems with IP editors and respect their choice not to register for an account; there are limitations though, one of which may be the ability to email others. Nobody is necessarily asking you to keep quite if you notice something wrong. If you've got some genuine concerns and you don't want to bring them up for discussion at one of the administrator noticeboards, you might be able to use WP:IRC to discuss them. Finally, what you've described above might be a case of WP:SOCK, but it doesn't sound like vandalism. If you strongly suspect someone of sock puppetry and you don't want to start an SPI, you can try asking a Checkuser to take a look per WP:CONTACTCU. There's an email address that you can use there that you can use even if you're not a registered account. -- Marchjuly (talk) 07:27, 24 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Decision tree at WP:TRIAGE[edit]

I've had an idea for a Wikipedia decision tree to help newcomers with the most common questions and answers. I started putting it down in text form at WP:TRIAGE. Eventually it would be great to turn into a flowchart, like Wikipedia:New_pages_patrol#/media/File:NPP_flowchart.svg. I'd welcome any feedback. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 19:45, 10 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

As Timtempleton has also posted this at the Teahouse talk page, I suggest we keep all comment in one place by only responding there, and not here. Nick Moyes (talk) 00:40, 13 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]