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"New User Edit Blocked"[edit]

Even when attempting to create one's own Sandbox? (The preceding unsigned comment was added by Michaelgraaf (talkcontribs) 2 October 2019‎)

@Michaelgraaf: Wikiversity is currently under attack by both advertisers and vandals. We are doing our best to find a balance between the nuisance to new editors and the nuisance to the volunteers who clean up after the advertisers and vandals. At this point, the logs show accurate blocking of problematic edits far outweighs the false positives that interrupt users such as yourself for a short time. Try a few small edits to build up your edit count, and you'll have fewer issues going forward. Let us know if you have additional questions. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 13:35, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

Unable to create userpage.[edit]

The antispam software has been giving me trouble, as I tried to include Template:Userpage. Can not create new pages anymore, as it refused to let the edit through and flagged my account. --MoonyTheDwarf (discusscontribs) 17:13, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

@MoonyTheDwarf: I started it. Can you edit it now? —Justin (koavf)TCM 18:07, 7 October 2019 (UTC)
@Koavf: Yep! Thanks. --MoonyTheDwarf (discusscontribs) 18:32, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

Semiprotection of Introduction to Computer Science[edit]

This page appears to be suffering from frequent vandalism, and would likely benefit from semiprotection. --MoonyTheDwarf (discusscontribs) 17:08, 10 October 2019 (UTC)

YesY Done -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 17:29, 10 October 2019 (UTC)

Please unblock "New User" status ...[edit]

I have not been an active editor on Wikiversity in the past, but I have been an active Wikimedia editor for, now, 13 years.

So, I was surprised when cleaning up the syntax at: find my edit publication auto-blocked with the pronouncement:

  • "Error: This action has been automatically identified as harmful, and therefore disallowed."

!?! This is especially stunning, since I had just reverted vandalism on this same page that had persisted un-noticed and un-reverted for almost three years! Please help!
Enquire (discusscontribs) 22:33, 10 October 2019 (UTC)

@Enquire: Welcome! Please note that edit history from one project doesn't carry over to another. We just had a situation this week where someone with more than 100 edits on Wikipedia made a real mess at Wikiversity. Fortunately, the filters restricted their efforts from becoming any worse than they already were. I've done what I can for you in terms of settings. You'll need a few more edits before most of the filter annoyances are behind you. Thanks for your contributions. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 23:01, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
Thank you Dave. On the page I was editing, under "See also" I see a red link:
Since this is, supposedly, from a 2014 book (5 years ago), how come it links to an blank page?!?
This is a conspicuous absence, as this addresses a growing problem as dysfunctional behaviours on social media increasingly spill over into the workplace.
Enquire (discusscontribs) 23:34, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
@Enquire: Unlike Wikipedia, Wikiversity focuses on the learning experience rather than the content. Sometimes, that learning experience is for the writer rather than the reader. Motivation and emotion is a college semester project where each chapter is written by a single student. What you see is what the student wrote. It is typically not edited, as that was their final project for the course. They made a small error in the link. I've corrected it.
If you're looking for a general rule to follow, any of our main space pages should be high quality and are open to correction otherwise. Subpages are more dependent upon the resource. Many are written by students for a course, and may be waiting for students in a following semester to review and make corrections. There are also some very good subpages, and some real junk just waiting for someone to find it and tag it for deletion. It takes a little time to learn which is which, but we appreciate your contributions! -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 23:56, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
@Dave B. Thank you for your kind assistance. I also found the gremlin in the wiki-link, but you evidently found and corrected it before me. Thanks. The content creating is a learning experience for the contributor, but in the long term, it is for the benefit of all readers, who may also contribute more pearls of wisdom along the way.
Enquire (discusscontribs) 00:11, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

User Cloud forest[edit]

As I have some involvement on this Wiki also I wanted to bring up this user. I am an Admin, Bureaucrat and Checkuser on Wikispecies. I wanted to bring to your attention cross wiki issues with this user. If you look at his Global Account Info you will see he has been indefinitely blocked across three wikis. He also was compiling enormous amounts of data on his talk page at Wikispecies. In part because he had been blocked. If you look at his User Contributions he has now made over 1500 edits here on a new account. I imagine he has given up doing this on Wikispecies and is now trying it here. I am not a sysop here so leave it to your staff to decide what to do but I think you should be aware of the issues. One of our other Bureaucrats @Tommy Kronkvist: has also been involved in this. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 01:04, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

@Faendalimas: Thanks for letting us know. It would appear as though almost all of the user's contributions here are either copyright or license violations of content copied from other sources, including unreferenced Wikimedia projects. I've deleted the content and blocked the user's account. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 02:07, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
@Dave Braunschweig: Swift, consistent actions that are fully in line with the Wikimedia policies. Thanks for that. –Tommy Kronkvist (discusscontribs), 02:36, 11 October 2019 (UTC).
@Dave Braunschweig: you are most welcome, glad to see this was nipped before it became an issue for you. I also deleted 1/4 of a gig of material of his on wikispecies and that was after another admin deleted 3/4 of a gig. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 14:45, 11 October 2019 (UTC)


Vandalism only account. -- CptViraj (📧) 09:44, 15 October 2019 (UTC)

Tx. Blocked indef. Edits deleted or rolled-back. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 11:08, 15 October 2019 (UTC)

Assistance on this Wiki[edit]

Hi everyone, I have had some brief discussions with @Evolution and evolvability: and @Dave Braunschweig: about this and have been encouraged to make a post here. Only reason for initial privacy was that I did not wish to step on anyone's toes so to speak. So to introduce myself I have been an editor for over 10 years mostly on EN:WP and Wikispecies and am a Bureaucrat, Admin and Checkuser on Wikispecies (verify. On this wiki I am on the editorial board of the Wikijournal of Science working with Thomas. As such I am spending more time here on a daily basis. I am not doing lots of content editing here, I spend much of my time doing this on Wikispecies and Wikipedia (the latter in several languages). However if anyone needs input in my area of expertise I am happy to help. See my Wikispecies User Page, and biographies about me on Wikispecies and Wikipedia for information on that.

I am happy to help out here in an administrative role. I looked through your policies for administrators and checkuser and was pointed to some recent discussions here. I developed the Checkuser policy and all the associated pages on Wikispecies. I do not know if you want checkusers here, and can justify it but I am happy to apply for that if all sysops here would be interested. Obviously that is a process and not a simple one, but I am already identified to and have signed the privacy policies with Wikimedia. As a checkuser I have been involved in some difficult cases, one that resulted in the de-sysop and eventual global lock of a Bureaucrat here. I cannot of course use checkuser tools without the authority to do so. On this wiki I do not. However, I can lend my experience as a checkuser to cases that come up, in the discussion phase, that may eventually go to the Stewards which is your current course of action. We gain experience as a checkuser, we can usually spot a sock when we see one now. The tools are used to confirm and see the extent and do something about it. I cannot do the latter part here but I can look at a case and recommend to take it to the stewards, or not to. One of the other Checkusers on Wikispecies (@Koavf:) is also a Curator here.

I am also happy to do patrolling and anti-vandalism, quite happy to spend a little time going through the recent edits each day to check for the usual drama people cause. I am also happy to partake in policy discussions and development, and to help with the building of pages relevant to the outcomes of such discussions. I have been involved in a significant amount of policy development on both Wikipedia and Wikispecies.

Thanks everyone and happy to help. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 15:33, 18 October 2019 (UTC)

Welcome and thank for offering to help. I think a good place to start is for the community to review Wikiversity:CheckUser policy which has been a stalled proposal for more than a decade but never adopted. We should proofread the text and discuss any changes on the talk page with the eventual goal of adopting some version as an official policy. The experience that you have in this area would be valued in such discussions. --mikeu talk 16:18, 18 October 2019 (UTC)