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Welcome to the Administrative Assistance reading room. You can request assistance from administrators for handling a variety of problems here and alert them about problems which may require special actions not normally used during regular content editing. Please be patient as administrators are often quite busy with either their own projects or trying to perform general maintenance and cleanup.

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).

For more general questions and assistance that doesn't require an administrator, please use the Assistance Reading Room.

unblock / restore

Dear admins, please unblock User:Rex Jaeschke and restore deleted draft per permission in ticket:2022091810005412. Thank you. --Krd (discusscontribs) 06:01, 8 October 2022 (UTC)

@MarcGarver: Would you be able to do this? Emufarmers (discusscontribs) 02:50, 9 November 2022 (UTC)
The content deleted included a statement reserving all rights to the author, an issue he has not responded to. I will restore the content but if he attempts to reinsert the reservation of rights it will be deleted again. MarcGarver (discusscontribs) 13:03, 9 November 2022 (UTC)

Protection request

Could an admin temporarily protect Chess/Arranging The Board? Seems to be a playground for our foundation-banned friend. Thanks, --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 12:59, 8 October 2022 (UTC)

Can an admin can temporairly protect's Comparative Politics/African Case Studies? There is a lot of edit warring there. Airtransat236 (discusscontribs) 18:44, 21 November 2022 (UTC)

@JackPotte This page was originally protected for three days, but when it expired, LTAs are vandalising this page. Can this page be reprotected? Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 19:13, 27 November 2022 (UTC)

Protection request

Can an admin protect Film History/Film serial? It's a playground for a WMF-banned user. --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 08:25, 27 October 2022 (UTC)

Done - MarcGarver (discusscontribs) 12:11, 27 October 2022 (UTC)
@MarcGarver: Could you also protect Introduction to Mass Media/Television? Thanks, --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 01:35, 29 October 2022 (UTC)
Done --Xania     talk 03:05, 29 October 2022 (UTC)
And Movie Making Manual/Cinematography/Cameras and Formats/Electronic Capture and Storage, please. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 22:01, 29 October 2022 (UTC)
+Relationships/Hades-Persephone‎. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 23:36, 2 November 2022 (UTC)
+Talk:Relationships/Hades-Persephone. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 01:12, 5 November 2022 (UTC)
All above Done.--Xania     talk 01:27, 5 November 2022 (UTC)

Protection request (GRP)

User talk:Xania/Archive 3 – anons don't need to edit talk page archives in any case, plus GRP has appeared here too. JavaHurricane (discusscontribs) 13:23, 9 November 2022 (UTC)

Block request (discuss · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block log · block)

Reason: Vandalism; not here to constructively contribute. --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 12:26, 10 November 2022 (UTC)

  Declined Was good at the time requested; now stale. Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 13:30, 23 November 2022 (UTC)

Page protection request

Could Russian History/Preface be protected? It is being vandalized by multiple IPs. Thanks! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 19:05, 18 November 2022 (UTC)

Could someone also please protect Interesting social sciences/Machiavelli about ways of armed seizure of power? I believe it is being vandalized. —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 00:58, 22 November 2022 (UTC)

Protection requests

I would like the templates Template:Convert/×, Template:Convert/×/AonSoff and Template:Convert/×/AoffSoff be protected to admins only because of high traffic templates? Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 12:19, 23 November 2022 (UTC)

I tested the × conversions in my sandbox and it worked. (e.g. {{convert|10|×|10|m|ft}} makes 10×10 meters (33×33 ft)) Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 12:31, 23 November 2022 (UTC)

Protection request's Comparative Politics/African Case Studies has been vandalised by LTAs. Therefore, that page should be semi-protected. Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 18:12, 23 November 2022 (UTC)

@Xania (A/CU) @Mbrickn @MarcGarver (A/B/CU/S) @Mrjulesd (A) @Minorax (A/GS) @JackPotte (A) active ongoing long term abuse —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 18:34, 27 November 2022 (UTC)

Protection request – Biblical Studies/Christianity/Famous works of fiction/The Screwtape Letters

Another page protection request due to vandalism by the same person who has been causing all the recent chaos: Biblical Studies/Christianity/Famous works of fiction/The Screwtape Letters. I assume GRP/similar. —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 21:37, 23 November 2022 (UTC)


Can any of the admins change the content model of User:Xeverything11/common.css to Sanitized CSS? I want to apply my styling to my user pages. Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 19:21, 25 November 2022 (UTC)

Protection request

Please protect Soviet History: Frequent vandalism by LTA. --Ameisenigel (discusscontribs) 12:24, 26 November 2022 (UTC)

@Xania @Mbrickn @MarcGarver @Mrjulesd @Minorax @JackPotte still ongoing long term abuse —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 18:33, 27 November 2022 (UTC)
Please also protect my talk page: User talk: Xeverything11 because LTAs are vandalising my talk page. Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 18:37, 27 November 2022 (UTC)
Hello! I'm not an administrator, so there's not much I can do. Sorry about that. Mbrickn (discusscontribs) 18:38, 27 November 2022 (UTC)
Oops, I'm sorry about that @Mbrickn! I mixed you in with a bunch of other admins whose usernames start with "M" :) —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 18:51, 27 November 2022 (UTC)
  Done JackPotte (discusscontribs) 18:52, 27 November 2022 (UTC)
FYI, since this protection, the vandal is trying to hack my account. So he must be punished in consequence. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 19:42, 27 November 2022 (UTC)
Thank you! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 22:11, 28 November 2022 (UTC)
You're good! Just wanted to explain why I didn't respond while I was active elsewhere. Mbrickn (discusscontribs) 19:02, 27 November 2022 (UTC)

Protection request

Hello! Can an admin please protect The Cold War/East vs West: The Ultimate Love-Hate Relationship for vandalism and edit warring? Thanks! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 22:12, 28 November 2022 (UTC)

Protection request: World History

Protection needed for World History/The Rise of Dictatorship and Totalitarianism for edit warring. —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 01:52, 30 November 2022 (UTC)

@MarcGarver: Pinging you. L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 16:08, 30 November 2022 (UTC)
@JackPotte @Xania @Leaderboard @Minorax @Mrjulesd @Atcovi @Jusjih pinging y'all as well since it's getting pretty bad out here :( —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 20:20, 30 November 2022 (UTC)
Done for 2 weeks. —Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 22:03, 30 November 2022 (UTC)
Thank you! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 22:59, 30 November 2022 (UTC)

User Talk Page Protection

@JackPotte @Xania @MarcGarver @Leaderboard @Minorax @Mrjulesd @Atcovi @Jusjih Could someone please protect my discussion page to allow editing only by autoconfirmed users? It is being vandalized. Thanks! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 15:07, 30 November 2022 (UTC)

  Done JackPotte (discusscontribs) 15:09, 30 November 2022 (UTC)
Can admins also protect my talk page (User talk:Xeverything11) due to LTAs vandalising? Xeverything11 (discusscontribs) 15:11, 30 November 2022 (UTC)
Mine is supposed to be a redirect anyway. I think a semi would do. L10nM4st3r / ROAR at me! 15:18, 30 November 2022 (UTC)
@Xeverything11: Done for three months. Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 07:11, 1 December 2022 (UTC)
Thank you!! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 15:25, 30 November 2022 (UTC)

In case it is not obvious - this is all one person (almost all of the threads on this page are this same LTA; he's been harassing us with obscenities, libel, email harassment, account hack attempts, and fanatical promotion of various conspiracies and other rubbish for more than 15 years). Usually once there are enough administrators around on any given wiki, he moves on to find a less robustly defended one. He spent three years in jail for harassment, stalking, threats, but once he got out he's back to his usual. A nudge to WMF-legal to do something about this never hurts (there is something in the works but can't say more here.) Antandrus (discusscontribs) 17:17, 30 November 2022 (UTC)

One other thing - if you contact WMF-legal, reference "GRP" "Projects" and Case #00021321. Antandrus (discusscontribs) 17:23, 30 November 2022 (UTC)