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You can deal with most vandalism yourself: fix it, then warn the user. If there is repeated vandalism by one user, lots of vandalism on a single page, or vandalism from many users, tell an admin here, or in #wikibooks (say !admin to get attention).

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Repeated Copyvios

Hi! I've noticed that User:Saula1986 has been repeatedly pulling recipes wholesale from other websites and adding them to the cookbook with very few and sometimes no changes. Sometimes they will pull multiple different sources into one page, but they are still copied. I've flagged the most egregious examples as copyvios, but I would appreciate some help dealing with the situation. Thank you :) -- Nostriker (discusscontribs) 14:56, 15 May 2022 (UTC)

I am sorry about all that, it wont repeat itself Saula1986 (discusscontribs) 17:48, 15 May 2022 (UTC)
@Nostriker: do these problems still exist? I've been away. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 20:37, 15 May 2022 (UTC)

I've deleted:

Cookbook:Nigerian Fiofio Cookbook:Nigerian Efinrin Soup Cookbook:Nigerian Fura Da Nono Cookbook:Nigerian Gorigo Soup Cookbook:Nigerian Gurasa Bandashe Cookbook:Nigerian Ifokore Cookbook:Nigerian Ishapa Soup Cookbook:Nigerian Marugbo Soup Cookbook:Nigerian Miyan Zogale Cookbook:Nigerian Nni Oka Cookbook:Nigerian Ofe Akpu Cookbook:Nigerian Sapala Cookbook:Plantain Chips with Cayenne (Kelewele) Cookbook:Nigerian Wara

@Saula1986: please do not create any further copyright violations. Do not copy text from sites with different licenses to our. Failure to comply may lead to loss of editing privileges. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 21:18, 15 May 2022 (UTC)

Thank you! -- Nostriker (discusscontribs) 22:28, 15 May 2022 (UTC)
Cookbook:Nigerian Fura Da Nono is another page which was previously deleted as a copyright violation. It has since been re-created but seems to be copyright free this time.--Xania     talk 23:23, 15 May 2022 (UTC)
Now at Cookbook:Fura Da Nono (Milk and Kefir Porridge), it seems to be ok now, or at least didn't pick up a problem. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 16:44, 16 May 2022 (UTC)
Hi all! I've picked up and flagged additional copyright violations by User:Saula1986 using Thanks! -- Nostriker (discusscontribs) 21:51, 24 May 2022 (UTC)

I've further deleted:

@Saula1986: You have been previously warned about the copy/pasting of text from incompatible sources, so I have decided to block you from contributing to the Cookbook for a week. Enough is enough. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 10:00, 25 May 2022 (UTC)

I take full responsibility for my action, its my first time editing anything on a platform. I wontvsay ibwas nervous lr paranoid, i was just eager to contribute. I sincerely apologuze for any damages i may have caused. If it is nit too much to ask i will plead for a last chance nd if i do anything stupid please blick me permanently. Saula1986 (discusscontribs) 09:18, 26 May 2022 (UTC)
@Saula1986: it may be best for you may wait out your block, in a weeks time this will happen automatically; but please make sure you don't post any more copyvios. If you want to appeal to another admin, please follow the instructions that I have posted on your talk page, "You may appeal this action with a reasonable argument by adding the text {{unblock|Your reason here}} below" to your talk page. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 22:07, 26 May 2022 (UTC)
Hi again. I've flagged several more recent copyright violations, this time by User:Taoheedah and User:Favkinstin27. Nostriker (discusscontribs) 21:50, 2 June 2022 (UTC)
Hi can you please highlight evidence of copyright violation done. Every cookbook Articles created are my work,Uploading recipes in my very own understanding. And i believe wiki does go against you own view in creating an article
Best regards Favkinstin27 (discusscontribs) 09:50, 3 June 2022 (UTC)
Hello! I use the tool at to check pages for copyright violations, as it highlights areas of high similarity. In this most recent case, the recent pages Cookbook:Afia Efere and Cookbook:Ukang Ukom (Plantain Porridge) have significant amounts of text that appear to have been directly copied and pasted from other sources. If you want to include this content, you must request permission from the copyright holders—otherwise it is a violation of Wikibooks policy. You have previously been warned on multiple occasions not to commit copyright violations. @Mrjulesd @Xania, I would appreciate some help resolving this situation. Thanks! -- Nostriker (discusscontribs) 15:56, 3 June 2022 (UTC)

@Nostriker: thanks for bringing these to our attention. I have deleted the following pages:

--Jules (Mrjulesd) 00:03, 4 June 2022 (UTC)

thank you for the notification. Didn't know it contains directly copied contents will work on that. Best regards Favkinstin27 (discusscontribs) 09:00, 4 June 2022 (UTC)
Thank you! -- Nostriker (discusscontribs) 13:50, 4 June 2022 (UTC)
I just created a cookbook Article Nigerian plantain Omelette and it was published mistaken while i wasnt logged in. So i had to recreate it on my account. I want the admins to help delete the Cookbook articles Nigerian plantain Omelette and allow the plantain Omelette.
Thanks Favkinstin27 (discusscontribs) 09:25, 27 June 2022 (UTC)
Hi @Mrjulesd @Xania @MarcGarver . It's happening again with Cookbook:Nigerian Mushroom Pepper Soup, Cookbook:Nigerian Coconut Curry Sauce, and Cookbook:Nigerian Goat Meat Pepper Soup, with detecting multiple instances of verbatim copying. Favkinstin27 has now been warned multiple times, and I'm concerned that they have reviewer privileges and continue to do this. Help is appreciated, thanks. -- Nostriker (discusscontribs) 21:05, 29 June 2022 (UTC)

Vandalism/ Trolling / Bad Username

User:Elliot Harkness Is Stupid is vandalizing and trolling. Also, no clue who Elliot Harkness is, (I think it's a personal attack, don't know who the attack is on, (apperantly it's from a book)) Could you please block him? Thanks! T.Gregtregretgtr (discusscontribs 22:09, 27 June 2022 (UTC)

CheckUser evidence proves conclusively that the same person is operating both your account and Elloit Harkness Is Stupid. So, you've been blocked as well for vandalism, trolling and abusing multiple accounts. MarcGarver (discusscontribs) 08:17, 28 June 2022 (UTC)

Help moving page

Hi! Could I get some help moving Cookbook:Meringues to Cookbook:Meringue Cookies? I'd like to give it the more specific name, but the destination page already exists and I can't write over it. Thanks! -- Nostriker (discusscontribs) 23:20, 14 July 2022 (UTC)

Template:Pong I've put a delete tag on it. Somebody should come along and delete it. L10nM4st3r/Roar at me 06:35, 15 July 2022 (UTC)
@Nostriker: ^ L10nM4st3r/Roar at me 06:36, 15 July 2022 (UTC)
@Nostriker: Ok, I've moved the old page to a temporary place to be deleted by somebody later. Then I moved the page to where you wanted it. L10nM4st3r/Roar at me 07:31, 15 July 2022 (UTC)
@L10nM4st3r thanks for the help, though it looks like you moved the wrong page! The page to move was Cookbook:Meringues not Cookbook:Meringue. I know the current naming is confusing (hence the changing names). But thank you for clearing space on the destination page—I've reverted your move and moved in the correct page. Problem solved! -- Nostriker (discusscontribs) 12:18, 15 July 2022 (UTC)


Seems to only be interested in spamming, as seen on Writing Adolescent Fiction/Character names/East Indian. --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 12:54, 13 August 2022 (UTC)

They also seem to be engaged in the same behaviour under Abhay singh uttam. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 13:00, 13 August 2022 (UTC)