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Hi Artix here

Hi all,

If you have noticed, I've been globally locked. It was a good run though. I was falsely accused of sockpuppetry that is being unblocked. An appeal is in t he works for an unblock. Unfortunately, the sock block quickly spiralled out of control as other users decided to hunt across wiki and block me on several other wikis. Thus it was proper for a lock by a steward, as it was not worth continuing as a user with this username.

Much thanks to several users who made my time on wikibooks awesome. Shoutout to Atcovi, Pi zero, and QuiteUnusual for being friendly people and helpful to my enrichment. It was awesome editing the articles for the Guide to the Lord of the Rings and the Inheritance Cycle. Some day perhaps, I will come back and finish those books. Cheers. It was a pleasure.

History merge needed

Exact copy-paste:

Revisions up to Special:Permalink/1180912 at Hebrew/Aleph-Bet5 should be moved to Hebrew/Aleph-Bet/5.

Thanks, --DannyS712 (discusscontribs) 07:28, 22 February 2020 (UTC)

The bot just archived with after no response - hello? Can anyone do this? Thanks, --DannyS712 (discusscontribs) 13:31, 12 April 2020 (UTC)


Just to inform. They are back, see this, this and this. Minorax (discusscontribs)

Yes, they never left. And as our filters can't prevent this yet, we may be forced to start a bot to revoke them. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 11:13, 8 March 2020 (UTC)
Its Special:Contributions/2401:4900:0:0:0:0:0:0/34 again. There is basically garbage coming out of this range, I would say that this is the main LTA range on en.wikibooks. The IPs I've looked at all seem to geolocate to Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. Probably using mobile Internet, leading to a broad range for one or more LTA(s).
Looking through the contributions I think a block of a few months may deter them a bit (or at least is worth a try). I know this is a pretty large range (about a billion /64 subnets), but it is not very active, around about 300 edits or so since May 2018 when the range became active. Collateral would be low, as I couldn't see many edits that seemed particularly useful. Any genuine contributors could always get accounts, as long as account creation is not blocked. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 14:09, 8 March 2020 (UTC)


Is it possible to block the range from editing Control Systems & Ada Programming? Minorax (discusscontribs) 07:32, 5 April 2020 (UTC)
@JackPotte, Pi zero:. Minorax (discusscontribs) 09:43, 11 April 2020 (UTC)
Some thoughts:
  • Technically, no we can't, afaics. Documentation on the partial-block feature says a partial block can apply to up to ten pages <grumbles about short-sighted design>; those two books between them have more than five hundred pages.
  • I have, btw, [not] found any instructions on how to make a partial block apply to more than one page; the partial-block interface provides a single input field for the pages.
  • Although the range has been vandalizing those two books the most, they've vandalized other miscellaneous pages too. If we had the technical ability to block the range from really large numbers of pages, doing those two books might help a little, but there's also a pretty good chance we'd then be playing whac-a-mole.
--Pi zero (discusscontribs) 01:54, 15 April 2020 (UTC)
grrr... This can be suggested in future for partial blocks to include subpages. Minorax (discusscontribs) 14:23, 21 April 2020 (UTC)

Vandalism Thanks. Hasley (discusscontribs) 15:31, 5 May 2020 (UTC)

Blocked, nuked. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 18:12, 5 May 2020 (UTC)


Special:Contributions/ - no warning sent; its a long term abuser vandalizing lots of pages. Please block --DannyS712 (discusscontribs) 01:53, 8 May 2020 (UTC)

Blocked. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 02:01, 8 May 2020 (UTC)