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This is a place where users can communicate with administrators, or administrators with one another. You can report vandalism, problematic users, or anything else that needs an administrator's intervention. Do not report child pornography or other potentially illegal content here; e-mail instead. If reporting threatened harm to self or others also email

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Report users for clear cases of vandalism. Block requests for any other reason should be reported to the blocks and protections noticeboard.

Report disputes with users that require administrator assistance. Further steps are listed at resolve disputes.

Reports that do not suit the vandalism noticeboard may be reported here. Requests for page protection/unprotection could also be requested here.

Other reports that require administrator assistance which do not fit in any of the previous three noticeboards may be reported here. Requests for history merging or splitting should be filed at COM:HMS.

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Sock puppet of Cheng123xx[edit]

@NgaiHing1612 is a sock puppet of @Cheng123xx, please block @NgaiHing1612 , thank you Hmtvie (talk) 12:34, 20 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Hmtvie: See also m:srg#Global lock for Cheng123xx.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:34, 20 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jeff G. add whole location in Ngai Hing Mansion Pak Po Street, files uploaded by the sock puppets of @Cheng123xx or @AXXXXK all are locate there, and they mostly use “Ngai Hing” as their new account Sorcerex (talk) 06:17, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jeff G. True location from safari大廈/detail/15875 Sorcerex (talk) 06:20, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

One more, @ 白布街藝興大廈某個住戶. — (talk)

I think and, who like Hmtvie seem to be trying to get every photo of Hong Kong deleted and demanding "speedy deletion" on the basis of relative unsharpness, the fact that the subject is a hotel, or that the photo is supposedly taken from a forbidden location and using templates like "vote speedy" that show a great deal of familiarity with the site while often "forgetting" to sign their edits, must also be sockpuppets wasting everyone's time with abusive deletion requests. I hope some of you can monitor Com:Deletion requests for ridiculous threads about photos of Hong Kong. -- Ikan Kekek (talk) 04:12, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Ikan Kekek Block all IP located in Ngai Hing Mansion, because they all upload the photos there Sorcerex (talk) 05:50, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Ikan Kekek Add whole location of Ngai Hing Mansion in m:srg#Global lock for Cheng123xx Sorcerex (talk) 05:51, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for linking the thread. -- Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:42, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Ikan Kekek, I reported him to Tulsi, you can help me to report him, thanks! Sorcerex (talk) 06:55, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The location from Safari Sorcerex (talk) 06:58, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Pictogram voting info.svg Info: I blocked for 1 week per req @ ANV. --Achim55 (talk) 08:12, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Achim55 Thank you, how about add whole location of Ngai Hing Mansion in m:srg#Global lock for Cheng123xx, because you say that cannot block location in Wikipedia Sorcerex (talk) 03:04, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Category:Mega Victoria (ship, 1988)[edit]

Category:Amorella (ship, 1988) was moved to Category:Mega Victoria (ship, 1988) contrary to our practise regarding categories by ship name (see User talk:AleWi#Categories of ships by name). Could somebody please revert the move. I'll create the new Category:Mega Victoria (ship, 1988) if I am notified when the move has been done (and I'll try to sort out what files to have in which category, if that hasn't been done). According to en:MS Amorella, the ship was sold in August 2022. I don't know when she was (or is to be) renamed. –LPfi (talk) 08:48, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

✓ Done. LPfi, I didn't move back all of the files, please check. --Achim55 (talk) 16:30, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you. I moved the rest of the files (none of them was new) and changed the category redirect into a proper category, empty for the time being (she is on her way to a Mediterranean yard before taken into use by the new owners), and tried to do related changes to the Wikidata entry. –LPfi (talk) 04:42, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Copyvios by Tkbgandhi[edit]

Tkbgandhi (talk · contribs) again uploaded already deleted files. User tricky uploaded files in Flickr under "Public domain" license and use in Commons. Also see Commons:Deletion requests/File:RVenkitaraman Letter.png and it seems that the originality is questionable as well as ownership too. Admin intervention is needed. AntanO 13:08, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Not done. It seems, that most of the re-uploads are really in public domain due to age, but now they are correctly licensed. I do not want to intervene. One file is nominated for regular deletion, outcome is not obvious. Taivo (talk) 14:48, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please hide edit from history on Help desk[edit]

Please hide this edit from history (sensitive personal informations). Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 07:02, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Maybe also edits directly concurent after that which still contain the sensitive informations should be hidden. A quick heads up, just in case. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 07:07, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
✓ Done. Thank you for complaint! I hided 11 revisions. Taivo (talk) 14:40, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

about LTA sock userpage which contains impersonation to me; User:郊外生活のサブ垢[edit]

I would like to solve the problem at User:郊外生活のサブ垢. This account has been blocked and locked due to LTA sock, however, the content of this userpage contains impersonation to me. The first sentence and the second paragraph both are written in Japanese can be thought to impersonation. In addition, the latter part of this page has been copied and pasted from w:ja:User:郊外生活; my userpage on jawiki. So I tried to remove these content and replaced to {{Indefblockeduser}} because this user account has blocked, but I couldn't do that due to abusefilter, so I ask for sysop or other users who has enough rights to deal this issue. I have some proposal and I appreciate if either proposal is accepted:

  1. delete this userpage as vandalism or other adequate reason.
  2. replace the content of the username into {{Indefblockeduser}}, {{Sockpuppet}} or other adequate templates.
  3. add a template that shows this account is impersonation.

Thank you for your consideration. --郊外生活Kogaiseikatsu (talk,contribs) 12:46, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

✓ Done. I deleted the userpage and recreated it as sockpuppet page. Taivo (talk) 14:53, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


The account Jjjameson333 was one of my socks. Please request it locked globally. Also request the sock I am using (Aaron should call his own plays) be locked globally as well. Regards! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aaron should call his own plays (talk • contribs) 03:13, 23 September 2022 (UTC) (UTC)Reply[reply]

✓ Done. Already globally blocked. Taivo (talk) 08:32, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I made a typo, now I can't fix it anymore[edit]

Hi there. I made a typo when creating this category title[1], it should be "Library" instead of "Libary". I tried to salvage it myself, however for some reason I can't adjust it. Could someone please adjust the typo and move the files to the correctly spelled title? Thank you in advance, - LouisAragon (talk) 18:35, 24 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

✓ Done 4nn1l2 (talk) 19:15, 24 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Category:Peacock princess[edit]

There are a lot of irrelevant contents in this category, and they are all added by the same vandal's sockpuppets. Thyj (talk) 08:16, 25 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Thyj: Can you be more specific please? Thanks, Yann (talk) 20:26, 25 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
According to the Wikipedia article, "Peacock Princess" should be a legend of the Dai people. But this category has a lot of irrelevant or less relevant categories and files. Thyj (talk) 02:26, 26 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I see two subcategories. Why are the files irrelevant? Guido den Broeder (talk) 19:00, 26 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Copyright concerns[edit]

Hi all--an en-wiki user flagged another user there, saying there were concerns about them adding copyrighted content on Commons. I'm no expert, but the complaint seems to have merit, and I'm hoping one of you will have the time to look at the contributions of User:ThethPunjabi. Thanks, Drmies (talk) 21:16, 25 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Many uploaded files of the user seem like old paintings, but at least the following ones are blatant copyvio:

- NitinMlk (talk) 21:22, 25 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I support the concerns raised above. I think some of this is a misunderstanding by ThethPunjabi on what "own work" means and how copyright works. Being the uploader of the image doesn't give them the valid ability to assign a license, especially when they don't know the actual author and date of the original (File:Various Punjabi Folk Instruments.jpg). All Most of these images should be deleted, some as pretty obvious copyright violations with the rest as precautionary as there isn't enough information to support the license claims made. Some are probably valid for fair-use on EN, but I would recommend the uploader start a discussion at w:Wikipedia:Media_copyright_questions and ask. Ravensfire (talk) 16:52, 26 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
There are some listed above that could be valid.
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I deleted the copyright violations, and fixed the weird licensing. Yann (talk) 19:38, 26 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yann, thank you. Drmies (talk) 00:55, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

we need help here.[edit]


about copyright of my upload, we need help, please someone with experience with copyright help us.

Mahsa amini.jpg

Roxjor (talk) 19:25, 26 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

hello again,
the newyork times in this link wrote : "A picture of Mahsa Amini provided to Iran Wire by her family. The authorities have said she died of heart failure; her family say she had been in good health." the original source of image is and mahsa amini family provided those pictures to that news agency, then all news agencies (bbc, cnn, fox, guardian, dailymail and ...) used that images. is this enough or i not? if not what should i do? i emailed and wait for their reply. Roxjor (talk) 23:35, 26 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Please do not crosspost on different pages. Currently no admin assistance is required. Ellywa (talk) 00:10, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
oh sorry, on village pump an admin worte :"However, to judge whether or not a permission by the original photographer is required needs an evaluation by users experienced with artworks (I am not)." i just asked here to find an admin with more experience help me on copyright. if you say there's no admin assistance required, ok. i'm sorry for this topic. Roxjor (talk) 00:17, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The deletion nomination discussion is the correct place to take up these concerns. Admins participate there. - Jmabel ! talk 01:17, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 Not done. Nothing to do here. Let's continue in the deletion request. Taivo (talk) 07:31, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Overwritten file[edit]

Would an admin mind taking a look at File:Somaliland Armed Forces Emblem.svg? It appears to have been overwritten multiple times, but it's not clear whether there's any benefit to splitting the file into multiple versions of the emblem. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:26, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I agree these versions are highly different, which is not in accordance with Commons:Overwriting existing files. Did you ask the uploader about their rationale? If necessary you can ask for splitting the versions on Commons:History merging and splitting/Requests. Ellywa (talk) 07:47, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]