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A question about naming a new resource that will feature "drafts" of student efforts.[edit]

Up till now, I have been one of the worst culprits in treating Wikiversity like a wikitext webhosting service. But recent efforts from highly qualified people have given me hope that Wikiversity can become something better. The following page will probably resemble such a hosting service this Spring:

Earlier, I created OpenStax/Astronomy as sort of a discussion/promotional effort to illustrate how students can contribute to OpenStax efforts. I would be more than happy to move these pages if anybody has a sense of where they actually belong. You can respond here, or anywhere on this blog. If you have no objection, just ignore this post because as we all know, qui tacet consentire videtur--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 18:02, 7 January 2018 (UTC)

@Guy vandegrift: Just to clarify that I wasn’t thinking of you when I wrote that. On the contrary I think your work here is exemplary and appropriate (evidenced by this openness to community opinions) and you have my sincerest apologies if it seemed I was pointing at you. To be honest, the Non-WV examples that I was thinking of (although I’d struggle to find it now) were a set of user-pages and subpages in English Wikipedia, which were hosting a game of some sorts. It was discovered a while ago but had been there for the best part of a year. Green Giant (discusscontribs) 23:01, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
@Green Giant: Just as you were not thinking of me when you wrote your post, you were extremely far from my mind when I wrote mine. In general, neither you, I, nor anybody else should feel offended if we find some of our pet projects a victim of our proposed cleanup. The goal of the cleanup is not to suppress certain resources, but to highlight those that will bring more people into Wikiversity. Why am I so dedicated to Wikiversity? I'm not. My dedication is to the wikitext used by WMF. With its ability to record all edits, link vocabulary words for benifit of non-experts, the CC licensing and the ease with which prose can be modified and reused, wikitext should become the standard means by which academicians compose and communicate. Of all the WMF wikis, Wikiversity seems most likely to accomplish what I hope is a revolution in how we organize and communicate our ideas.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 00:51, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Samsung Mobile[edit]

Samsung Mobile (talk | email | contribs | stats) - cross wiki spam. Blocked on en.wikibooks (by me) and blocked on en.wikinews. ---Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 13:12, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

YesY Done --mikeu talk 15:05, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Invalid Title[edit]

While trying to add a category to Web 2.0 /TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA I received this error message:

"This action has been automatically identified as harmful, and therefore disallowed. If you believe your action was constructive, please inform an administrator of what you were trying to do. A brief description of the abuse rule which your action matched is: Invalid Title "

Is this because of the all caps TITLE? --mikeu talk 15:56, 24 January 2018 (UTC)

@Mu301: It's the space around the /. Disable that filter, move the page, and then enable the filter again. I should probably write a scan for existing pages with spaces around the /. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 19:39, 24 January 2018 (UTC)
@Mu301: Is the space deliberate or an accident? —Justin (koavf)TCM 00:11, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
I assumed it was a mistake, but haven't checked the other subpages (yet.) --mikeu talk 04:13, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
It is a one off mistake. The subpage naming needs some cleanup. I'll take a closer look over the weekend. --mikeu talk 05:10, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

YesY Done Page moved, and old page deleted. --mikeu talk 15:25, 27 January 2018 (UTC)

All titles with spaces around the / have been renamed. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 15:51, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

A candidate for our first use of draft space[edit]

I found a good candidate for draft space. My course has only about 24 students, and only those who come to class on Fridays will be invited to join Wikiversity and contribute. See Talk:OpenStax_Astronomy#Wikiversity:Request_custodian_action. Perhaps we could discuss this there so my students can "watch" us discuss the question.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 21:13, 2 February 2018 (UTC)

I'd like DNA to be moved into Draft namespace. I've created a few independent pages on DNA and I would like to integrate them into one page. ---Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 15:57, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
@Atcovi: I'm not sure this is a good example. DNA wasn't in use. It was just a redirect. Feel free to expand on DNA. Separately, you don't need to request moves to draft here. The community has given support to moving all similar content to Draft: space, and you already have the rights to move without redirect. You can just move it and cite WV:RFD. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 16:39, 17 February 2018 (UTC)
@Dave Braunschweig: I meant Deoxyribonucleic acids, sorry. But thanks for creating a new page for DNA. I'll hopefully use it sometime soon. ---Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 17:06, 17 February 2018 (UTC)
Is everybody too busy to discuss guidelines for draft space? I know I am (too busy)--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 16:59, 17 February 2018 (UTC)
I am busy as well--tests, quizzes, grades... all that fun. -Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 17:06, 17 February 2018 (UTC)

Please revert vandalism[edit]

Educational Media Awareness Campaign/Geography: Climate/POTD 4 --Kaihsu (discusscontribs) 12:44, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

YesY Done -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 13:04, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Missing speck on the main page[edit]

The current quote of the day from John Dewey, transcluded via {{QOTD}} on the main page (and thus I cannot fix it myself), is missing a single period in the ellipsis.

Thanks in advance for pleasing my pedantry. —Nøkkenbuer (talkcontribs) 22:36, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

@Nøkkenbuer: YesY Done -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 22:44, 4 September 2018 (UTC)


Please block Quachthanh, this user causes nothing but trouble, and as evidence, is blocked on other wikis. These wikis include vi.wikipedia and en.wikibooks. He/she has come to Wikiversity to continue his unwanted disruptiveness and Wikiversity does not tolerate this type of behavior this user is displaying. Thanks. ---Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 22:52, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

@Atcovi: Custodians can't block--only admins and higher. Can you please provide diffs of offending material?Justin (koavf)TCM 23:30, 5 September 2018 (UTC)
Admittingly, I can't seem to find any diffs that are suitable for your query. His work has most likely been deleted as it seems to be on en.wikibooks (by QuiteUnusual). Looking through the deleted contributions, it seems to be very possible that the offending diffs you seek will be found in the deleted contributions. And as said below, sockpuppetry is a normal tactic of this copyright vandal mastermind, so it is possible that there are offending diffs on his other accounts that he uses. Also, an interesting note: This sentence constructed by the user I'm requesting a block on seems to have totally different English than what seems to be expected from a so-called "university student" in Canada (and living in Canada for the past 30 years) and somehow, there seem to be no ties to any French wikis either--which rule out the possiblity of him only studying in French; btw I do not understand why he writes his user page on the Vietnamese Wikipedia in English when it can be assumed that, with strong evidence coming from his contributions to vi.wikibooks (like here), he seems to be able to grasp and communicate in a pretty level amount of Vietnamese. Seems sketchy to me. ---Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 01:46, 6 September 2018 (UTC)

Quachthanh is also Thanhtrungquach and Quach thanh, and perhaps other accounts. Most edits are by IP (,,,,,,,,, The user is responsible for 348 pages under Fundamental Physics and 67 pages under Fundamental Mathematics, almost all of it Wikipedia license violations. I'm fine with blocking accounts and removing the contributions if there is support to do so. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 23:56, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

Please do. Sockpuppetry is bad. —Justin (koavf)TCM 00:14, 6 September 2018 (UTC)
While I agree with User:Koavf, I'm concerned about apparently linking IPs with account names. This is generally forbidden except through Checkuser and they usually won't do it. Also, Thanhtrungquach = Quachthanh = Quach thanh. These are various Vietnamese names for the same person - Thanh Trung Quach. This is not illegal sockpuppetry! The user is not trying to hide their identity! --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 00:32, 6 September 2018 (UTC)
For example Fundamental Physics/Atomic radiation contains formulas which are Public Domain physics which no one owns, the images are from commons and the associated text is Vietnamese descriptions. None are Wikipedia license violations. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 00:48, 6 September 2018 (UTC)
Why is there Vietnamese content on the English Wikiversity? BTW, I Symbol support vote.svg Support the block on this account and other accounts that are related to this account as well. -Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 01:46, 6 September 2018 (UTC)
Sock puppetry is not accepted if it is used to violate blocks. In this case, the tying of the IP addresses to the user and the block on abusive edits were supported by Marshallsumter at [1]. Proper attribution is described in wmf:Terms of Use. This user does not and did not provide proper attribution for works copied from Wikipedia. The examples are too numerous to count. The sock puppetry can be blocked as is. If Marshallsumter wants to go through and provide proper licensing for each page of Fundamental Physics and Fundamental Mathematics, please do so. Otherwise, the content is in violation of Wikimedia terms of use. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 02:42, 6 September 2018 (UTC)
All three accounts: Thanhtrungquach = Quachthanh = Quach thanh were created before "02:45, 6 September 2018 Dave Braunschweig (discuss | contribs | block) blocked Quach thanh (discuss | contribs)." so which blocks were violated? Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics formulas are not copyrighted to anyone or Wikipedia. Here's the "the tying of the IP addresses to the user and the block on abusive edits were supported by Marshallsumter": "At first the abuse filter seems great, especially if it restricts each IP from this user to Fundamentals of Chemistry, Fundamental Mathematics, or Fundamental Physics. I can move those others to subpages of one of these three and revert those the IP did not create back to their original resources, unless you want to use your bot. Or, we restrict the user right to these three only as programming another filter might create unexpected headaches. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 01:36, 31 August 2017 (UTC)" I think you meant "I suppose there are three options
  1. Roll back edits and ask at each for them to discuss their edits first,
  2. Warn them that they will be blocked,
  3. Then start blocking them; or
  4. Collectively move their synopses to subpages of the main subject such as Physics, Chemistry, Capacitors, etc. and block if they continue; or
  5. Try to contact their teacher by tracking down their geographic location, not going to be easy, or delete and block them all for say a week." by me from that page. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 03:26, 6 September 2018 (UTC)
@Marshallsumter: I'm sorry, but there's no direct connection between this response and the issue Atcovi has raised. There is no "them". This is a single user in a single geographic location. The user has been warned on multiple accounts and multiple wikis. The user issue has now been addressed. The content is in violation of the Terms of Use. Do you intend to address the license violations or are you leaving it for others to address? -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 14:24, 6 September 2018 (UTC)
I took a quick look at Fundamentals of Chemistry and there are hyperlinks to Wikipedia articles which suggest this page does not have licensing violations or violations of the Terms of Use. The number of pages and subpages is large and will take quite a while. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 14:59, 6 September 2018 (UTC)

Uncertain about Quizbook attribution rules.[edit]

I am converting all my Quizbank files to LaTex/pdf form, keeping the LaTex markup code under QB. Many of these quizzes are based on examples from OpenStax Universty Physics. Is my statement at File:Quizbankqb_d_cp2.12.pdf OK? Considering the difficulty in policing exam questions for copyright, my work will be Public Domain. But some questions were taken almost verbatum from the textbook. Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 01:11, 25 October 2018 (UTC)

May I upload?[edit]

Hi. I am in position to upload a picture for my work in progress, but for now I am not (yet) autoconfirmed... By doing (discusscontribs) 20:15, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikiversity! I tried to change your status, but for some reason could not: Apparently Custodians cannot do that. Are you trying to upload to Wikipedia or Commons? Are you sure you made an attempt to upload? Meanwhile, I will ping @Dave Braunschweig: to see if he can help me change your status. --Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 22:23, 26 January 2019 (UTC)
Now obsolete, but I answer anyway: I had no "Upload file" item in the left menu. By doing (discusscontribs) 05:29, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
Looking at the rules, I think you need to wait a few days to become autoconfirmed. What you are doing does look interesting, though.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 22:45, 26 January 2019 (UTC)
Thank you. By doing (discusscontribs) 05:29, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
@By doing: Auto-confirmed takes a few edits and a few days. I've added temporary confirmed status. Enjoy! -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 03:03, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
Thank you; I do enjoy. By doing (discusscontribs) 05:29, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

Requesting block/lock[edit]

Could someone block and globally lock User:IanDBeacon 3 due to impersonation and sockpuppetry? BTW this guy I am reporting is the w:en:WP:LTA/DENVER perp. --IanDBeacon (discusscontribs) 20:14, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Same with User:Bill Dance 22 as well please. --IanDBeacon (discusscontribs) 20:42, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
YesY Done for local block. You have to contact stewards for global locks. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 21:05, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

New Request for IP Block[edit]

Could someone block User: and his/her TPA? It's the w:en:WP:LTA/DENVER perp based on behavior. I have already reported it to m:SRG for global blocking. --IanDBeacon (discusscontribs) 16:42, 13 March 2019 (UTC)

Due to the low number of global edits I've only applied a short 6 month block. I will revisit the block duration if more supporting evidence become available. The vandalised user talk page has been deleted. I have also watchlisted the user and talk page as I see that there is recurring vandalism. I've semi-protected it so that only confirmed contributors can edit it. --mikeu talk 17:47, 13 March 2019 (UTC)