Were you working SPI last time we actually got down to 0 cases? Someone (I think it was Mz7?) added a picture that pops up when the queue is empty. 'twould be nice to see it again, but maybe give it a few minutes before archiving in case someone else is still looking at it! ;-) Girth Summit (blether) 17:52, 4 November 2022 (UTC)

@Girth Summit I don't think so, no, but I've been made aware of the fun easter egg there. :) If you're talking about Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Rajarano100, I didn't actually archive that one, just closed it. But it's good advice nonetheless, I think I've archived a few recently that might've been a little keen. firefly ( t · c ) 17:55, 4 November 2022 (UTC)
Oh sorry, you're right - Spicy archived it, my bad. No harm done, of course - I just feel like we're all very eager to see that pic again :) Girth Summit (blether) 17:56, 4 November 2022 (UTC)
@Girth Summit guilty as charged. :P firefly ( t · c ) 17:57, 4 November 2022 (UTC)
Yeah, my apologies. I'll admit that I'm overly eager to see the cat picture. (Who doesn't like cat pictures)? Spicy (talk) 17:59, 4 November 2022 (UTC)
If it helps, I think the Vamlos case can be tidied away now. Firefly, care to do the honours? Girth Summit (blether) 18:01, 4 November 2022 (UTC)
@Girth Summit   Done :) firefly ( t · c ) 18:07, 4 November 2022 (UTC)
When the bot does its work - let there be cats. Or socks. Or maybe both, I can't quite remember. Girth Summit (blether) 18:08, 4 November 2022 (UTC)

A kitten for you!Edit

For working through the queue so we could get to see that kitten.

Girth Summit (blether) 19:18, 4 November 2022 (UTC)

@Girth Summit thank you! :) Seeing a cat is an excellent reward - in SPI world or otherwise! firefly ( t · c ) 19:32, 4 November 2022 (UTC)
I'mm more of a dog person myself to be honest - our whippet, Fleet, is currently curled up on the sofa next to me. I thought about replacing the Easter egg pic with something more canine, but the only ones I could find on commons were basically dogs tearing socks apart, which seemed a bit too violent... Girth Summit (blether) 19:33, 4 November 2022 (UTC)
@Girth Summit Awww! Dogs are great but I’m a lifelong cat person myself. Our two don’t really go for socks, they prefer little plushie mouse toys. firefly ( t · c ) 21:28, 4 November 2022 (UTC)


Did you spot them before they edited? Or are you the new world record holder for fastest block with six seconds between their revert of me and your block of them? DatGuyTalkContribs 17:04, 6 November 2022 (UTC)

@DatGuy heh, found 'em some other way :) firefly ( t · c ) 17:15, 6 November 2022 (UTC)


Hi, I noticed your question here. I've blocked the following users: Lonfir, Raucous Oatmeal, and Phil Fillibuster Fibbs Jr.. I blocked Lonfir for disruption based on a report at WP:AIV and then, after some poking around, blocked the other two as socks (I would have blocked Lonfir too as a sock if I'd poked around a bit earlier). The reason I'm telling you all this is partly because of your question and partly to give you the opportunity to block any additional socks you found in checks. Finally, being a tidy fellow, I'd like everyone tagged appropriately. Thanks!--Bbb23 (talk) 15:02, 15 November 2022 (UTC)

@Bbb23 - yeah those three are   Technically indistinguishable. I was tempted to block 'em myself, but thought I'd ask the question first given that at the time they were pretty much only being disruptive on each other's talk pages. However, given Lonfir has branched out and has started being disruptive elsewhere I'm not going to complain that you saved me the effort! :) They can explain what on Earth they were up to in an unblock request if they want to. I'll sort the tags. firefly ( t · c ) 15:09, 15 November 2022 (UTC)
See Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations/Phil_Fillibuster_Fibbs_Jr. :) firefly ( t · c ) 15:14, 15 November 2022 (UTC)
Outstanding. Thanks for doing all the paperwork.--Bbb23 (talk) 16:00, 15 November 2022 (UTC)
@Bbb23 not a problem - I know how useful having an SPI to point to can be when encountering any future socks. firefly ( t · c ) 16:04, 15 November 2022 (UTC)

Could you confirm?Edit

Hi! At the start of the month you answered my question about the paid-en-wiki email system, here. I've since sent a second email, since there were some updates. Could you confirm that those specific emails were received and are being addressed in some way? I don't mind if the case has to wait in line for a while, but I've heard nothing from anyone to confirm that the emails were noticed or even received, so it would be good to know that I'm not just talking into a void. Thanks again! —Ganesha811 (talk) 22:12, 20 November 2022 (UTC)

@Ganesha811 I'll take a look today and see. firefly ( t · c ) 08:24, 24 November 2022 (UTC)
Appreciate it. :) —Ganesha811 (talk) 14:29, 27 November 2022 (UTC)
@Firefly: any update on this? —Ganesha811 (talk) 19:31, 1 December 2022 (UTC)

A goat for you!Edit

hi would you help me out with getting this artist on wiki i did a article for him and they took it down.

Ghostxwriter111 (talk) 20:37, 23 November 2022 (UTC)

@Ghostxwriter111 If you mean the article I deleted, I did so because it was effectively written as an advertisement. I would suggest writing a draft, in draftspace and then submitting to Articles for Creation - however, I must ask, what's your relation to the article subject? Have you been paid in any way to write an article? firefly ( t · c ) 08:27, 24 November 2022 (UTC)
hi yes the artist asked me to do that for them i do admit, it was my first time but i can try again and submit it the way you asked me to they paid me a small sum to do it i went on youtube for help creating it i also looked around and looked at other artists write ups also. Ghostxwriter111 (talk) 14:44, 24 November 2022 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Admin's Barnstar
This year I'm thankful for 12 new admins to add to the admin corps. Thank you for volunteering to take on more responsibilities on the project. We're lucky to have you! Liz Read! Talk! 19:11, 24 November 2022 (UTC)
I also want to thank you for setting up FireflyBot to notify draft creators when their drafts are close to expiring. I'm sure many editors appreciate these reminders for drafts they have forgotten about. It's really serving a great purpose on the project. Thanks! Liz Read! Talk! 19:23, 24 November 2022 (UTC)
@Liz thank you! My pleasure. :) firefly ( t · c ) 19:42, 24 November 2022 (UTC)

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