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New tags: AutoWikiBrowser (AWB) and File renamed on Commons, and new edit filter edit

I would like to suggest the creation of two tags:

Please also create a new edit filter (or abuse filter) for tracking files renamed on Commons, as suggested at Wikispecies:Village Pump/Archive 65#Track renamed images on Commons. pl:Specjalna:Filtr_nadużyć/46 can be imported or copied. Thanks, Korg (talk) 20:19, 23 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

If no one else responds in two weeks, you can ping me and I'll try to implement —Justin (koavf)TCM 10:02, 24 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm all for this. Good initiative @Korg, and yes @Justin, please do (imo). –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 15:31, 24 November 2023 (UTC).Reply[reply]
I also agree to both proposals. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 01:13, 25 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've created the AWB tag and it seems to be working. The Commons ditto still needs some tinkering. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 16:22, 4 January 2024 (UTC).Reply[reply]

────────── @Justin: Please have a look at the Commons file rename change mentioned above, if you find the time. I can't seem to get it to work. Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 18:38, 11 January 2024 (UTC).Reply[reply]

Hm, I can't figure out the issue. :/ —Justin (koavf)TCM 18:42, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello again, @Korg: Do you have any insights that might help us figure out why the "File renamed on Commons" tag doesn't show up? –Tommy Kronkvist (talk) 07:25, 12 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

User's javascript file edit

Hello fellow admins, and Happy New Year! Does any one now what the User:Cookai1205/timeless.js javascript file is all about? It seems to be a list of IPs and a few URLs, but what do you think might be the purpose? For reference, the user is a (Taiwanese) member of the abusefilter-helper user group in Chinese Wikipedia. So far, editing this file is their only contribution to Wikispecies, except for creating their user talk page back in 2022. Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 19:27, 2 January 2024 (UTC).Reply[reply]

These aren't IP addresses, they are using the data: scheme to make an image. The fact that it's called "Timeless" makes me think that it's some script hack to change the appearance of the Timeless skin. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:45, 2 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ah, of course – thanks, Justin! I first just had a quick glance and the link to (i.e. the the World Wide Web Consortium) sort of threw me off. After a closer look I now see that the code string is of course equal to about "SVG in HTML" in the XML namespace, which makes sense in regards to images within data URLs and such. By the way, the user have now also created a similar file for their Vector 2022 skin. Case closed, I guess. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 13:56, 4 January 2024 (UTC).Reply[reply]

Spam blacklist edit

Do we have our own blacklist on this project? I wish to add two top-level URLs and all pages below them. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 13:25, 4 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Andy: We do. It can be found at MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist however I believe that these old types of blacklists are soon to be deprecated, in favour of Special:BlockedExternalDomains which is a lot easier to edit for users unfamiliar with editing wiki code in text-only mode.
Note however that this new feature doesn't support regex (for complex cases) nor URL paths matching – hence in your particular case you may prefer the blacklist. Also it doesn't currently support bypass by whitelists which I think is another reasons why we still keep the blacklist file, even though our spam whitelist is currently empty. You can find more information about all this in task T337431 at Phabricator if you want. It's an open Phabricator task, yet to be finalized. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 14:29, 4 January 2024 (UTC).Reply[reply]
Thank you. Is there any reason that list is currently empty? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 15:31, 4 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Not to my knowledge, but I have a very vague memory of a discussion several years ago mentioning that most of the URLs would be moved to the global spam blacklist. Not sure though.
As a complement to the above we also have the MediaWiki:Email-blacklist (also empty) and an External links search feature (sometimes very useful!) –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 16:56, 4 January 2024 (UTC).Reply[reply]

Dear Wikispecies admins, the user is repeating unexplained removals at Scorpiones, please have a look at their edits. MathXplore (talk) 02:59, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

MathXplore (talkcontribsblock logall projects) I have restored the previous complete version, rolled back 6 edits. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 03:15, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Also applied a 24 hour block for page blanking, they need to explain themselves. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 03:17, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've extended the block up to two weeks (residential IP, not a school of equivalent). –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 15:28, 11 January 2024 (UTC).Reply[reply]
I think that this discussion is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, don't hesitate to replace this template with your comment. DannyS712 (talk) 07:23, 16 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

User:Babies are mine edit

Vandalism-only account. --Leonidlednev (talk) 04:45, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Blocked Indef as per other wikis. -- Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 05:55, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've changed the local block from indefinite (account creation disabled) to indefinite (account creation disabled, email disabled, cannot edit own talk page)
Please note that the account is also globally locked. Some of their edits here at Wikispecies lead me to believe that perhaps we should contact a Steward?
Tommy Kronkvist (talk) 16:17, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I also think a Steward could be involved, as I suspect we could be finding sock-puppets appearing in due course. Andyboorman (talk) 18:40, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I don't think we need stewards since we have local checkusers - @Koavf @Faendalimas @Dan Koehl FYI --DannyS712 (talk) 18:57, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Correct: we could do sockpuppet-related CheckUser requests locally if need be. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:26, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

──────────── I was referring to the death threats, rather than the risk of future sock-puppetry. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 19:46, 28 January 2024 (UTC).Reply[reply]

Violent threats need to be escalated to legal@. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:47, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Absolutely refer to legal. Andyboorman (talk) 20:01, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Technically this user has not done anything that would require CheckUser Actions, however, threats can be refered to legal@. Cannot use the CheckUser Tools to control for this its a matter for legal. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 22:08, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I think that this discussion is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, don't hesitate to replace this template with your comment. DannyS712 (talk) 07:23, 16 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Speedy Deletes edit

Could a fellow admin please look through the current list of speedy delete requests. I am not sure how valid they are. Thanks Andyboorman (talk) 17:46, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Done Link for convenience: Category:Candidates for speedy deletion. Checking just now, it was empty. —Justin (koavf)TCM 01:48, 8 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The speedy deletion category is still empty. Details can be found via the above link handed by Justin, plus the log at Special:Log/delete. Unfortunately we've seen quite lot of vandalism and out of scope edits the last few days. As a result, I took the liberty to add edit protection to pages such as "Godzilla" and "Category:Dinosaur" plus a few more. (Those pages were of course deleted first, but the edit protection still sticks. It was set for one year, during which time only administrators are allowed to edit them.) –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 06:45, 9 February 2024 (UTC).Reply[reply]
I think that this discussion is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, don't hesitate to replace this template with your comment. DannyS712 (talk) 07:23, 16 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/ edit

Could somebody take a look at this user's contributions? They are making out of scope pages and removing deletion tags placed on them. Thanks! Fehufanga (talk) 01:20, 13 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Done by someone else —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:58, 13 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I think that this discussion is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, don't hesitate to replace this template with your comment. DannyS712 (talk) 07:23, 16 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Nominations for autopatrolled edit

Fellow admins, I'd like to suggest that a few users be considered for autopatrolled permissions to reduce the burden of patrolling recent changes. I have not granted the rights myself since I don't actually know that much about taxonomy and cannot judge the accuracy of the edits; I defer to my more knowledgeable collogues. Looking through recent changes, the following users seem to be fairly active and established:

This is not an exhaustive list, just a few names I saw in recent changes. Keep up the good work! Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 16:35, 14 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Done -- gave all autopatrol. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 07:39, 16 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikispecies:Administrators/Inactivity Section edit

Hi, this is just a friendly reminder that according to Wikispecies:Administrators/Inactivity Section the next run of the Activity Review should take place this month. I would appreciate if one of the Admins or Bureaucrats could start this review. Thanks, --Ameisenigel (talk) 10:25, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Doing a quick review over our admins:
  • this seems to be <5 "admin actions" in 12 months.
  • this is <5 edits (didn't check logs).
  • this is <5 "admin actions".
  • this is <5 "admin actions".
  • this is <5 edits (didn't check logs).
  • this is <5 "admin actions".
  • this is <5 "admin actions".
Some logs were way too extensive to bother (e.g.), but I assume that there are enough admin actions in there. —Justin (koavf)TCM 10:48, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And for those keeping score at home, that is seven of 27 admins, including bots. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:44, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Koavf: Last time this was run, which I did, AlvaroMolina was one who barely scraped through, ie given benefit of the doubt so that will be a discussion again. From memory Circeus has essentially left editing for some time now so probably should be removed per the policy. We need to discuss the others too, remember that Dan_Koehl is also a Beaurocrat and CheckUser and if we remove admin we should remove all three. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 14:55, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Good point. I'm not a bureaucrat, tho, so I can't do the removals. I was just trying to do a quick scan. —Justin (koavf)TCM 14:56, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
None of us can, as a crat when I need the admin flag removed I have to make a Steward Request. I am checking on CU among the OC as I am a member but I think it would be a cascade for Dan, iff we remove admin he has to loose crat and with no admin flags he cannot really have CU so I am checking on that right now. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 15:07, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Only guidence on this would be this RFC. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 15:13, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Dan Koehl: we are going to need you to comment here on what you would like to do. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 15:22, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Tommy Kronkvist:, @Keith Edkins:, @Dan Koehl:, @MPF:, @OhanaUnited:: I have set up the review page here please add any comments under discussions. Will send out email template soon. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 16:36, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Faendalimas: As I recall, {{Ping}} only works when you use it with a signature, so going back to add it to a comment will not ping the person. You need to re-sign your comment, I believe. (I didn't ping all those other guys in to avoid double-pinging them, in case I'm misremembering). —Justin (koavf)TCM 16:32, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
thanks sorry I do this on so many wikis these days I forget which wiki has which template. Bureaucrat is the one word in English I can never spell, do not know why. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 16:39, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
With all due respect to my franco friends, it is a terrible, terrible word and we should never have picked it for our super-admin group. :/ —Justin (koavf)TCM 16:43, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I understand, and I know I have not been very active lately. WS is running smoothly, with few problems, and IM happy for that. Fighting for high democrazy on WikiSpecies, I humbly accept any decision from the WS community, having my admin rights removed. But if possible, maybe it can wait until 31 March, so I made 10 clean years? Dan Koehl (talk) 09:42, 28 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I have to give 30 days notice per policy and can leave the removals to do as a lot at the end of this, so if thats the decision it can all wait till then which would take it all to beginning of April in all liklihood so yes we can accomodate your request I believe. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 14:00, 28 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
All Bureaucrats and Admins and anyone else who wishes please assist with this vote -- Wikispecies:Administrators/Inactivity_Section/February_2024#User:Dan_Koehl. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 14:26, 28 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

[username redacted] edit

x-wiki vandalism-only account. --SHB2000 (talk) 08:19, 1 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Never mind, the user is now locked the second I make this request. --SHB2000 (talk) 08:19, 1 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Done Great minds think alike: I had already posted to the Stewards on m:. Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 10:33, 1 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Request edit

Please block Thanks, --Mtarch11 (talk) 02:53, 3 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Done globally. —Justin (koavf)TCM 03:06, 3 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]