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Happy Diwali!

  Happy Diwali!!!

Sky full of fireworks,
Mouth full of sweets,
Home full of lamps,
And festival full of sweet memories...

Wishing You a Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali.
Fylindfotberserk (talk) 07:24, 14 November 2020 (UTC)

Send Diwali wishings by adding {{subst:Happy Diwali}} to people's talk pages with a friendly message.
Thanks, Happy Diwali to you too!   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 12:48, 14 November 2020 (UTC)

Happy Diwali 2020

Happy Diwali

Hello ToBeFree,
Hope you are doing well.
Wishing you a happy, safe, and prosperous Diwali. Stay safe. Regards. --Titodutta (talk) 19:02, 14 November 2020 (UTC)

Thanks, Happy Diwali to you too!   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:24, 14 November 2020 (UTC)

Block evasion

Hi ToBeFree -- just a heads up, the person behind the IP and is now editing under Would you mind blocking this IP too? Thank you. Aoi (青い) (talk) 10:44, 15 November 2020 (UTC)

Hi Aoi, thank you very much for the notification.   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 14:46, 15 November 2020 (UTC)

1866 in Germany

Can I start a page for this topic? Thinking that it would be good to have a page for this topic rather than a general redirect. The page would not look much different than 1867 in Germany but in 1866 the Austro-Prussian War begins, when the Austrians and most of the medium German states declare war on Prussia.--Akrasia25 (talk) 00:27, 16 November 2020 (UTC)

Hi Akrasia25, you're a godsend. By all means, please do.   Finally someone non-banned, and with the experience and trustworthiness able and willing to do this. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:00, 16 November 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for the barnstar! Nice to get the appreciation. Odd but it motivates me.--Akrasia25 (talk) 15:14, 18 November 2020 (UTC)


Do you still want do an interview for TheWikiWizard? --Thegooduser Life Begins With a Smile :) 🍁 02:40, 16 November 2020 (UTC)

Hey Thegooduser, sure! :) Ideally, we could do the interview the Wikipedia way here on this talk page, I guess. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 06:26, 16 November 2020 (UTC)

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Hurricane articles

I see that you responded to a recent storm of vandslism (no pun intended) at Hurricane Iota. This has been a recurring issue, with an IP-hopping vandal putting the same sort of "God said to me..." vandalism on hurricane articles. Given this history, would it be appropriate to preemptively semi-protect any future hurricane articles? Tropical Storm Kappa may form as soon as this week. TornadoLGS (talk) 21:46, 16 November 2020 (UTC)

Hi TornadoLGS, I think that suggestion could ideally be made at WP:VPR or WP:AN to gain wider consensus, as it is – strictly speaking – against the usual protection policy: Semi-protection should [not] be used as a preemptive measure against vandalism that has not yet occurred. I wouldn't say it "has not yet occurred", but someone might disagree. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:50, 16 November 2020 (UTC)
TornadoLGS, another idea would be an edit filter request. Actually, that might be the best place to get this done properly. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:51, 16 November 2020 (UTC)


(My you archive fast!) I usually do the interview on a userpage subpage, I'll let you know when it's ready, I'm really busy, but TWW will be out sometime this weekend! --Thegooduser Life Begins With a Smile :) 🍁 02:25, 19 November 2020 (UTC)

Heh, it used to be 30 days until someone complained about the huge page :) Sounds perfect, thank you very much for the offer! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 08:05, 19 November 2020 (UTC)

Proxy IP block

Hey Tobefree, I think this IP block might be excessive; since this is allegedly a P2P VPN, it's highly unlikely that the IP will be used as a proxy for long – it will probably be reassigned as quickly as any other residential IP address. If this is the case, the block length should probably be reduced – if I haven't missed anything here. Best, Blablubbs (talkcontribs) 00:57, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

Hi Blablubbs, the IP address is likely static. If it is static and used by a P2P VPN user, it may well still be an open proxy many months later, as long as the software is still used. There also have never been any other contributions from the address during the existence of Wikipedia, making collateral damage seem unlikely to me. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 17:03, 18 November 2020 (UTC)
ToBeFree, thanks for the reply. How confident are you that the IP address is static? If it's based on, I have to say that I found that site to be less than reliable when it comes to the static/dynamic IP assessments. Best, Blablubbs (talkcontribs) 11:07, 19 November 2020 (UTC)
Blablubbs, TekSavvy seems to offer both static and dynamic internet access. The assumption is based on and the difference of over 42 hours between the first and most recent edit. Perhaps it is only assigned for a week, perhaps for a month, perhaps for multiple months, perhaps for multiple years. I'm currently hesitant to shorten the block and would prefer to have a look again in a month. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 16:05, 19 November 2020 (UTC)

User Danedabeast5 and Nikolas Bruton again

Hi there ToBeFree. Just letting you know that User:Danedabeast5 after the block has re-posted the same information back to the Tarragindi, Queensland article. Given that it appears that Master Bruton and his brother User:Nikolas Bruton are both apparently 12 years old, can we please be gentle with them if further blocks are in order? Matilda Maniac (talk) 01:49, 20 November 2020 (UTC)

Hey Matilda Maniac, that's a tough situation. Thank you very much for the notification and for the careful consideration. I hope to have found a solution with personalized advice messages and a partial block without a corresponding big red block message. Sadly, the user does not seem to look at their talk page, so I have linked it from the block message. This way, I hope they finally notice others' attempts to communicate with them. I'm relatively sure that if they finally see these messages, they'll understand and stop. Best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 06:03, 20 November 2020 (UTC)

Unprotection on Hurricane Iota

Hi TBF. Thanks for your protection on Hurricane Iota. But a protection period of one month for the first time seems to be harsh, and it prevents a number of unregistered users on updating the articles. I can see only one IP vandalized the article, and he/she was blocked. Would you mind to reduce the protection length to one week? -- (talk) 03:50, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Hi, there are currently discussions at WP:RFPP and WP:EFR about how to deal with the long-term problem. Until this is resolved, I think the month is okay. Please make an edit request at Talk:Hurricane Iota (using {{Edit semi-protected}}) if there is something you would like to improve. Sorry for the inconvenience and best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 11:24, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Unblock Us

Hello Sir/Mam,

           Requesting You To Unblock ASAP......

Regards Office Of Rajesh Kumar Singh — Preceding unsigned comment added by Officeofrajeshsingh (talkcontribs) 12:49, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Officeofrajeshsingh, for which reason? ~ ToBeFree (talk) 13:05, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Notice of noticeboard discussion

  There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. The thread is Thank you. Please leave your thoughts on the thread, thank you. --HurricaneTracker495 (talk) 18:42, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Thanks ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:57, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

MS Marco Polo 'fate' incorrect

Want to let you know some information for the MS Marco Polo is incorrect in the 'History' column:

Out of Service indicates: 2020 (incorrect)

She is still in service.

Fate indicates: Scrapped (incorrect)

She has been purchased and is currently up for long term charter. As of this writing she is at the anchorage at Falmouth.

Here's the link to Unlimited Offshore which is handling the charting of MS Marco Polo. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Danpatch (talkcontribs) 01:34, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

This is a copy of my reply at User talk:Danpatch. Feel free to reply in any of both places.
Hi Danpatch,
thank you very much for your message. I have removed the incorrect statements as a first measure (Special:Diff/989970294), but you are welcome to edit the article and improve it in any way you like.
To remove the technical barrier that prevented you from doing so, I have manually confirmed your account. As soon as you have made 10 edits anywhere on Wikipedia, your account will be "autoconfirmed". Until then, the manual confirmation will have the same effect.
Best regards,
~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:43, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

User:Thegooduser/November 2020 Interview

Thanks! For the last question, I wasn't specific enough, I meant that for example, China, blocks it. However, you have a very good answer for my unspecific question! --Thegooduser Life Begins With a Smile :) 🍁 03:36, 22 November 2020 (UTC)
Oh, ah! :) Hmm. Well, I think the question would need to be phrased differently for me to be able to say something about China. Do feel free to add a follow-up question that specifically asks for my thoughts about censorship in other countries, for example. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 03:38, 22 November 2020 (UTC)
Aaaah now I get it. Without the comma, I finally understand what you meant. C’est la vie.   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 03:42, 22 November 2020 (UTC)
Added just one more question for you. Thanks Thegooduser Life Begins With a Smile :) 🍁 03:53, 22 November 2020 (UTC)
    ~ ToBeFree (talk) 04:12, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

Why are you writing nonsense about Rajput community unsubstantiated links.

What I have done is just removed the irrelevant links of some articles of 1990s. Rana of Bharat (talk) 12:11, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Hi Rana of Bharat, confrontational edits like "why are you writing nonsense" are the reason for your topic ban. I'm interpreting your message as an appeal, but it has failed. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 12:12, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

What do you mean by confrontational attitude? You would write nonsense about my community with substantiated links. I can't even remove it. Is Wikipedia your personal property. You keep your elite bias and don't promote hatred against Rajput community on wiki page. Rana of Bharat (talk) 12:16, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Dear, with due respect if you write nonsense about my community. I can't stay quiet for too long. I would have to confront it. You are promoting hatred against my community Rana of Bharat (talk) 12:18, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Your writers are promoting community hatred between different groups ?

Why are you adding unsubstantiated links on Rajput page, you are quoting a personal opinion writer kolf who is not even a historian but a 1990 academician. There is no consensus amongst historians about the subject. Rana of Bharat (talk) 12:21, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

(Heading converted to bold text.)
Because of persistent disruption in this area, the community has authorized such measures (see Wikipedia:General sanctions/South Asian social groups). Referring to another user as "idiot" (diff) and "casteist" (diff), repeatedly calling others' contributions "nonsense" (example 1, example 2), "vandalism" (diff) and personalizing the issue ("Wikipedia is not your father's property.", diff) are not acceptable and seem to confirm the need for such sanctions. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 12:38, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Hello ToBeFree, it seems to me that this user has has essentially ignored your topic ban. -- Kautilya3 (talk) 09:01, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

Hi Kautilya3, thank you very much for the notification, and thanks for having dealt with the issue. I expected this to happen, but I wanted to give them a chance to contribute about other topics than castes, or at least to change their behavior. Well, that didn't work, sadly. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 14:42, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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I saw that you use emoticons to comment in messages. Can you show me how you do that? I certainly would like to know how to do that. Interstellarity (talk) 13:18, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Hi Interstellarity,
I take them from User:ToBeFree/s.css (feel free to copy the page to your userspace and adjust to your preferences). I use a .css page because these are protected against modification by anyone except interface administrators and me. Else, a vandal could insert malicious content into something I copy into my messages.
I use Unicode emoji as "alt" text to make them compatible with screen readers: If a blind user encounters these emoticons, their screen reader can read the emoji (or perhaps even adjust the voice tone).
The images are taken from commons:Emoji/Table (warning: huge page, will crash some browsers).
Best regards,
~ ToBeFree (talk) 17:01, 23 November 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for the insight. It is really helpful. Interstellarity (talk) 12:13, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Fortaleza Airport, again

Dear ToBeFree, once again I come asking for your help. Fortaleza Airport is again on the radar of someone who insists in placing his own thing in the article. This time is IP, who lives in Hamburg, just like CBG17, alias Gabilucena, alias SeasSoul, alias, alias (there might be others). I have been placing explanations on the history page, so that the rationale can be easily tracked. I kindly request, if possible, to protect the article for two weeks. Thanks (Brunoptsem (talk) 13:22, 25 November 2020 (UTC))

Hi Brunoptsem, thank you very much for the notification. Per WP:BE, I have rolled back the edits, blocked unregistered editing from the IP address for three months and protected the affected pages accordingly. Please let me know if this continues. Best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:06, 25 November 2020 (UTC)

Any idea who User:Vajeina is a sock of?

I certainly don't want to see porn images when browsing the WP namespace. Is there an SPI or LTA that this user is associated with? Was all the anti-vandal contribs of that user legit, or bogus? - Best regards, Steve talk contribs 01:47, 28 November 2020 (UTC)

Hi 4thfile4thrank, thanks for asking. This can be pretty confusing:
Reverting vandalism is sometimes done by community-banned users to put the community into a conflict: WP:BANREVERT would apply, but reverting the edits would restore vandalism. This strategy is so common that the "Bans apply to all editing, good or bad" (Banned Means Banned / BMB) section of the banning policy contains a paragraph about it.

A number of banned editors have used "good editing" (such as anti-vandalism edits) tactically, to try and game the banning system, "prove" they cannot be banned, or force editors into the paradox of either allowing banned editing or removing good content. Even if such editors make only good edits, they will be rebanned for evasion.
— WP:BMB, revision 991055764

A thorough review of the reverts would be reasonable, as such users are usually banned for good reasons, and often unable to contribute constructively even if they first seem to do so. The user page just confirmed this pattern.
~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:55, 28 November 2020 (UTC)
Regarding the SPI/LTA question, probably, but I don't care much about who it is exactly, and they don't deserve recognition anyway. If I may predict something, we'll see a troll unblock request and a subsequent checkuser confirmation. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:58, 28 November 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for the comprehensive response. - Best regards, Steve talk contribs 02:43, 28 November 2020 (UTC)
@ToBeFree: Although this one was obvious, how to know if a new editor who seems to know too much is either an avid reader of policy (like me) or part of a good-hand/bad hand sock scheme? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 4thfile4thrank (talkcontribs) 02:57, 28 November 2020 (UTC)
There's no sure formula. Intuition, assumption of good faith (legitimate privacy concerns?), kindly asking the editor and observing their reaction to the question can help. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 14:32, 28 November 2020 (UTC)

Editing other users' pages

You removed content from my user page that has been there for 10 years. If you check the edit history, you will see that all my edit did was remove the random posts that Wikipedia puts on my page and leave this content. It was immediately vandalized by someone who blanked my page. If Wikipedia policy has changed since I put that there, you could have mentioned that policy change. I have read wiki/Wikipedia:User_pages and Wikipedia:Talk_page_guidelines and nowhere do I find the "policy" you cite. I do see it says "The basic rule, with exceptions outlined below, is to not edit or delete others' posts without their permission." I agree my user page may be a more appropriate place for this minimal personal content.

Please consider Wikipedia:Etiquette when editing other users' pages. I did not feel welcomed or respected reading your comment, even it you intended it to be. Instead of just ignoring this, I am writing to you because I think it is extremely unlikely that you accidentally stumbled across my page. Most likely, you are searching for pages that contain content you deem unacceptable and posting boilerplate comments. And you may want to revise your boilerplate messaging, and consider not blanking other users' pages but instead posting encouraging messages, e.g., suggesting people create a user page in addition to a talk page. ---Vroo (talk) 05:19, 29 November 2020 (UTC)

Vroo, I was merely responding to a report at WP:AIV. Please have a look at Special:Permalink/991267978 and reconsider. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 05:22, 29 November 2020 (UTC)
ToBeFree: Thanks for the info. I would never have discovered WP:AIV. I see that moonythedwarf falsely reported my account as being used only for promotional purposes and then blanked it, which looked like vandalism to me. You posted more helpful messaging and pointed out that moonythedwarf's criticism was false, which I appreciate. So some of my feedback would be better directed at them. FWIW, I still don't see where a policy says this content is banned on talk pages (nothwithstanding it being more appropriate on a user page). ---Vroo (talk) 05:39, 29 November 2020 (UTC)
And thanks for restoring my talk page. I have moved the personal content to my user page along with a minimal self-description. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vroo (talkcontribs) 05:49, 29 November 2020 (UTC)
(edit conflict) No worries, and thanks for the honest and quick feedback. I also think that a link to a personal blog and Twitter account are reasonable content for one's user page, and arguably equally fine at the top of one's talk page. Regarding the policy/guideline question, it's not explicitly prohibited; points to consider might be the existence and reasoning of WP:U5, the general "Wikipedia is not a blog/webhost" policy and the top of WP:OWNTALK, which you have correctly cited but also contains the following sentence:

While the purpose of article talk pages is to discuss the content of articles, the purpose of user talk pages is to draw the attention or discuss the edits of a user. Wikipedia is not a social networking site, and all discussion should ultimately be directed solely toward the improvement of the encyclopedia. User talk pages must serve their primary purpose, which is to make communication and collaboration among editors easier. Editors who refuse to use their talk page for these purposes are violating the spirit of the talk page guidelines, and are not acting collaboratively.

That said, U5 does not apply (you are a long term contributor to the encyclopedia), WP:UPYES explicitly allows "limited autobiographical content", and the citation in your original post does indeed generally advise against undiscussed removal. I didn't think much about removing the links, but have now restored them. I'd move them to my user page if that was my talk page. Edit: You've done that while I typed, thanks for doing so. :)
Best regards,
~ ToBeFree (talk) 05:53, 29 November 2020 (UTC)
Vroo, I acknowledge my criticism was false, so to clear up a few things:
1) I saw your changes as part of my usual WP:RC. This means you're not Extended Confirmed, which is unusual for a 10yo editor to say the least and I assumed you were a newbie.
2) Generally, Wikipedia isn't a host for links to your blog/twitter/instagram/etc, especially with new accounts, and when I see this behavior with a new account, I absolutely have reason to remove it, especially in this form where it seems to show a lack of understanding of how userpages even work. My reasoning was incorrect here, but it still feels a lot like you're using your talk page as just a place to put your blog, and not as a talk page, which is... not great. You've been using your talk for this since 2009, but your talk page is meant as an area to contact you with.
Thank you for moving it to your user page, and I apologize for the misunderstanding. Good day. —moonythedwarf (Braden N.) 05:52, 29 November 2020 (UTC)
The apology is appreciated moonythedwarf. I know that there are people for whom editing Wikipedia is a hobby. I'm just a person who edits when I see something worth editing. I'd probably edit more except for the many editors who believe their viewpoint is the only neutral one. For example, I was looking for a list of Republicans who opposed Trump and found the article List of Republicans who opposed the Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign, discovered that wasn't what this list was, did some fact checking, and thought that adding a disputed accuracy warning was appropriate. It was quickly removed. That history is a part of why I was frustrated here. I apologize if either of you thought I impugned your motives. Anyway, this discussion is probably a bit much to put on ToBeFree's talk page. ---Vroo (talk) 07:12, 29 November 2020 (UTC)

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your recent block of user:Dylan Harris Golden

Appears to be back as user:C Cocaine. Same interests in school shootings and prison terms, and followed up Dylan Harris Golden's post to another user's talk page [9] Meters (talk) 22:37, 4 December 2020 (UTC)

~1.5 hours remaining to response ~ ToBeFree (talk) 22:46, 4 December 2020 (UTC)
Moot. blocked by user:Ponyo Meters (talk) 22:50, 4 December 2020 (UTC)
okay ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:19, 5 December 2020 (UTC)


You may remember the HD talk Wikipedia:Help_desk/Archives/2020_February_19#UnwatchedPages. That spawned a discussion at Wikipedia talk:Special:UnwatchedPages#Why only admins?, which has now resulted in consensus to open that page to a wider audience, at least as an experiment. If I understand your reply at the HD correctly, then you may be in a position to change the access to that page. Could you do that, please? ◅ Sebastian 13:12, 5 December 2020 (UTC)

Ah, hey Sebastian. My reply was ambiguous: The community as a whole can open that page, and I wouldn't mind this to happen, but I can't change the server configuration. For that to happen, we need a much clearer consensus at a central page like WP:VPPR, or at least via a Request for comments, wait for a formal closure of the discussion, and then link to the discussion closure in a technical request on Phabricator. The small discussion at the linked talk page is very likely insufficient for a change that was previously discussed and not agreed to by a larger audience. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 13:30, 5 December 2020 (UTC)
Makes sense, thanks! ◅ Sebastian 13:58, 5 December 2020 (UTC)


I suspected the user is a block evasion by User:Deathismetal14 (I posted in the user's talk page). Can you take a look at comparison of the user and other blocked socks? 2402:1980:2D4:2489:4FE4:D079:7647:FB10 (talk) 17:29, 5 December 2020 (UTC)

Gone; please do use WP:SPI for such reports again next time ~ ToBeFree (talk) 17:34, 5 December 2020 (UTC)

Rollback permission request

Hi, I went over and made some improvements regarding the talk page replies, and I've been also helping around with reverting vandalism on WD items. I'd like to get the RB flag so I can undo vandalism done by IPs and misguided users. Thanks in advance, --CrystallineLeMonde (talk) 23:16, 2 December 2020 (UTC)

Having a look soon ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:44, 4 December 2020 (UTC)
Hi CrystallineLeMonde, can you provide 5-10 examples for edits that would have qualified for rollback, per WP:ROLLBACKUSE? ~ ToBeFree (talk) 14:28, 5 December 2020 (UTC)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

I hope these are enough --CrystallineLeMonde (talk) 19:31, 5 December 2020 (UTC)

Hmm. I had hoped for examples from the English Wikipedia, as WP:ROLLBACKUSE is about the English Wikipedia. Well, my concern about warnings has been resolved, so here you are – but please be careful with the permission. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 23:46, 5 December 2020 (UTC)
Well, you know the old adage: "With great power there must also come great responsibility". I'll make good use of it. --CrystallineLeMonde (talk) 23:49, 5 December 2020 (UTC)

RE: User:BatesENVR209

I dug a bit and figured out that this was probably a student account, as the name corresponds to a Bates College environmental course: ENVR 209 Sustainable Cities (Hence, BatesENVR209) [10]. Curbon7 (talk) 09:31, 6 December 2020 (UTC)

Hi Curbon7, thanks for the information. That's interesting. They could also be a teacher, I guess, and they really need to take the time to read and reply to the messages on their talk page. Let's see what happens in the next few weeks. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 12:54, 6 December 2020 (UTC)

Lesson teaches today

Hey man, I read your message[1] See, only article editing is enough for us. You guys do work at home. But do prevent vandalism from other users who do vandalism. If I'm that one of them, you could probably block me indefinitely. But I will follow your advice. Because you teach me a lesson today. I will create articles, do editing as I do before and I will try my level best to make you 1100+ administrators happy. It's my challenge. I hope you understand. It takes 1 or more years to habituated all rules. And I will do request permission for user access level increase when all criteria are fulfilled with.

With best regards, 🇮🇳DRCNSINDIA (talk) 07:37, 6 December 2020 (UTC)

Hi DRCNSINDIA, thanks. The main goal should be improving the encyclopedia, not making administrators happy. For most improvements of the encyclopedia, no permissions are required. Best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 12:55, 6 December 2020 (UTC)

Ok as you say bro. Good bye hope your health would be good in future. 🇮🇳DRCNSINDIA (talk) 16:33, 6 December 2020 (UTC)



Can user:2a02:c7f:7f3a:ea00:acde:b00a:549e:b284 please be blocked ASAP. CLCStudent (talk) 17:47, 6 December 2020 (UTC)

(As a late reply, done 17:48, at 2a02:c7f:7f3a:ea00::/64) ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:27, 6 December 2020 (UTC)

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Looks like a Deathismetal17 sockmaster, plus Binksternet also found other sleeper accounts, Kishkish3839 and Florencediva6654576666. Btw can you semi-protect Ritual (In This Moment album)? (talk) 16:46, 7 December 2020 (UTC)

  This talk page is not a replacement for WP:SPI. I will ignore such reports in the future. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:10, 7 December 2020 (UTC)

Urgent! Sock puppet multiple accounts created by Abdiurangsunda

Moved to Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Abdiurangsunda; please use WP:SPI next time. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:10, 7 December 2020 (UTC)

@ToBeFree: Please BLOCK this users, both of these users account is doing the same vandalism edit thing Stopcyberbullyingindo#1#2#3, User:Willykelly#4#5, User:Longround120#6#7, Adachiii#8, Lara Hatsumi#9#10 & Jonasrivaldoakaronaldowati#11#12 (There's a lot of same edits behaviour proof as they did and they're appear together). They're vandalizing Francisca James page, they seems very suspicious with their edit (same edits by a newly-fresh created accounts), suspected as an sockedpuppet users, their edits are not based on the current legitimate references. These all users having the same edits and all user accounts was made by Abdiurangsunda as suspected before for vandalizing without sources and having multiple accounts that does the same edit behaviour. It's all started by Abdiurangsunda by creating multiple accounts from Jonasrivaldoakaronaldowati at first and now already spotted red handed by creating multiple accounts for the sake of vandalism without reference and now creating Stopcyberbullyingindo, User:Longround120, User:Willykelly, Adachiii, Lara Hatsumi & so on. Please be blocked all of them ASAP. (talk) 13:46, 7 December 2020 (UTC)

@, until we see all things you say are proved, they can't be blocked. @ToBeFree: will block them when he will verify these account's editing pattern are same according to your information. So be patient on this. Thanking you. 🇮🇳GoWB🇮🇳 (ask me any questions) 06:53, 7 December 2020 (UTC)
@🇮🇳GoWB🇮🇳 @ToBeFree: @CLCStudent: Here's the proof (click the linked hashtag numbers to see)>>> Stopcyberbullyingindo#1#2#3, User:Willykelly#4#5, User:Longround120#6#7, Adachiii#8, Lara Hatsumi#9#10 & Jonasrivaldoakaronaldowati#11#12 (and many more proofs on Francisca James: Revision history), their edit is all similar and all users is newly fresh while editing Francisca James page. Confirmed it's legit sockedpuppet. It's all started by Abdiurangsunda by creating multiple accounts from Jonasrivaldoakaronaldowati at first and now already spotted red handed by creating multiple accounts for the sake of vandalism without reference and now creating Stopcyberbullyingindo, User:Longround120, User:Willykelly, Adachiii, Lara Hatsumi & so on. (talk) 14:02, 7 December 2020 (UTC)

Please move the report to WP:SPI. I won't start an investigation myself. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 07:25, 7 December 2020 (UTC)


Hey, TBF! I answered a query at AIV this morning, and wasn't sure how to mark it (for bot archiving?) as resolved. I tried poking around a bit but I'm not seeing an 'instructions for admins' section. Or I'm just stupidly missing it. —valereee (talk) 20:29, 10 December 2020 (UTC)

Hey Valereee! A small, agreedly pretty hidden link at the top right of the page   Wikipedia:Administrator intervention against vandalism/Administrator instructions. I like responseHelper. The bot ignores these templates, but other administrators are more likely to remove declined reports than unanswered ones. I personally try to remove all declined reports after having had a look at them. This ensures that at least four eyes agree with the removal. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 20:47, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
OMG, I'm so stupid! I swear I was looking just for that lol! Thanks! —valereee (talk) 21:09, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
Haha, no worries, I'm not sure how long it took me to find it the first time. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:28, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
Wait, so the AIV helper bot just removes (rather than archives) reports, and editors checking AIV can just do that same to sort of indicate, yep, agree with this disposition of the case? Sorry, wasn't paying enough attention before. :) —valereee (talk) 22:34, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
No worries again – yeah, the bot just removes them like any administrator may do. There's no strict policy about what to remove when and how, but I usually ping the reporting user in my edit summary when there's something they may like to be notified about (e.g. Special:Diff/993469231), or when the declining administrator took the time to write a custom message that lacked a ping. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 22:41, 10 December 2020 (UTC)

What's happening

Hiho, thanks for being interested :-) We are a Webinar for a Berlin based public research institute for freshwater ecology and inland fisheries (part of the Leibniz Association). I am normally the Wikipedian User:Southpark but right now facing the real world with me real life name. All the other ones are scientist who hopefully one day will update and write wikipedia articles about freshwater ecology and what else interests them. They just have to learn how Wikipedia works - that's what we are doing right now. You can follow the whole course via The template. The biographies - this is just for a test to accomplish a "real article". It is more about the editing then the content. In case anything useful comes out of it, we will be thinking about moving it with the proper process into the proper namespace. But right now really the process is the goal, to get some scientists into the process to edit at all. -- Dirk Franke (talk) 21:48, 10 December 2020 (UTC)

  Thanks for the quick and detailed reply – and I'm pretty impressed by the course templates. Sounds like a cool plan, thanks for doing this. Feel free to let me know if strange dewiki/enwiki related policy questions arise. The username-related block of Aquakulturinfo might be an example, but I see you have already mentioned this at User:Dirk_Franke/IGB-00#Additional_resources. I think this block could be converted to a {{uw-softerblock}}, allowing the creation of a new account for the same person. If the blocked person is interested in continuing to edit, I'll ask Nihonjoe for input. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 22:00, 10 December 2020 (UTC)
Hi ToBe, that would be really nice. I did not see his userpage but I am definitely sure it was created with good intentions (and I mislead about the naming policy which is rather different in en than in de.). I hope the class turns out well - it is a first "real life" test with these modules and we will see how it continues. Rule help is great - but - alas - normally one only finds out about the differences in the moment it is too late. But I will give a thorough read again and check what else i was not totally sure of when writing it. -- Dirk Franke (talk) 10:42, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
@Nihonjoe: Hi, could we interpret the deleted content of User:Aquakulturinfo as a disclosure of affiliation rather than advertising, and would you agree to convert the block to a soft WP:ISU-based one? They're part of a long-term editathon for scientists and mentored by de:User:Southpark. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:17, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
@ToBeFree: That's fine, as long as they change their username. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WP Japan! 21:29, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
@Nihonjoe and Dirk Franke: Done, thanks :) ~ ToBeFree (talk) 22:08, 11 December 2020 (UTC)

Block evasion

Hi TBF. While reverting selected edits by Killtobefree6673, I noticed your reversal of previous socks in the prior edits of said articles. It's clear this user is just a sock of Sixsixsixstuff994 / Deathismetal14, names noted in your edit summaries. Could I trouble you take a look please. Robvanvee 07:46, 12 December 2020 (UTC)

Hi Robvanvee, done :) Thanks for the notification. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 16:25, 12 December 2020 (UTC)
Done and a whole lot more. Thank you ToBeFree! Robvanvee 16:35, 12 December 2020 (UTC)
No worries   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 16:38, 12 December 2020 (UTC)

Message by

need to be unlocked — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:12, 14 December 2020 (UTC)

Your IP address is not blocked; you would else not be able to write messages on this page. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:15, 14 December 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-51

21:33, 14 December 2020 (UTC)

My report Comment

Hi ToBeFree! I cannot believe I actually saved my test edit. I meant to click cancel, but I am so used to clicking on save changes I must have done so. I honestly have no clue what was going through my head... thanks so much! HouseBlaster (talk) 23:57, 14 December 2020 (UTC)

Hey HouseBlaster, no worries! 😄 ~ ToBeFree (talk) 06:32, 15 December 2020 (UTC)

Rights granting for confirmed user

Hi @ToBeFree: sir, last time I tried to request for confimed user but 1day less and reason is can be uploading a file. I know it's WP:Commons. But some files I want to upload locally on Wikipedia. Leave that part. I'm now having 100+ edits with a completion of 4 days but I am not granted autoconfirmed users. Please see to it.

@GPReddy360:(No sign)
No. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 07:19, 15 December 2020 (UTC)

Using Wikipedia for promotion for advertising. Already tagged with G11 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shinyedit (talkcontribs) 20:14, 15 December 2020 (UTC)

  Warned user. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 22:25, 15 December 2020 (UTC)

Technically patent nonsense See today's edits. Most articles tagged with either patent nonsense or vandalism. Shinyedit (talk) 23:13, 15 December 2020 (UTC)

Hi Shinyedit, there's a noticeboard for such complaints at WP:ANI, with instructions about other noticeboards if there's a more specific issue. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 23:53, 15 December 2020 (UTC)

User talk:Iconman1

has an unblock request on UTRS. --Deepfriedokra (talk) 19:23, 16 December 2020 (UTC)

Thanks Deepfriedokra, I rarely use UTRS, but this was a very helpful ping :) ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:34, 16 December 2020 (UTC)

User behaviour

Thank you for noticing that disgusting behaviour with the Fahrenheit issue. It's utmost dreadful :/. Kind regards. Oliszydlowski (talk) 10:40, 17 December 2020 (UTC)

Oliszydlowski, I'm sorry for not having taken action earlier, and for initially having dismissed your reasonable concerns about this user. I assumed good faith too much and am glad they're gone. Sorry again. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 10:41, 17 December 2020 (UTC)
Not a problem :) One can't always judge a user by his/her first actions. Oliszydlowski (talk) 10:43, 17 December 2020 (UTC)

Thank you banning

Thank you for banning scottrichard3 :) TigerScientist Chat 21:08, 17 December 2020 (UTC)

Hi TigerScientist, You're welcome :) Just saying: Banning is something different; compare WP:BLOCK and WP:BAN. Best regards ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:10, 17 December 2020 (UTC)

need a semi-protection for notable person

our Miss Universe 2019 -> Zozibini Tunzi page has been vandalized by non-user (user with ip address from the Philippines) that trying to delete her bio and images. Please semi-protection the page! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:25, 20 December 2020 (UTC)

Please use WP:RFPP next time. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 13:53, 20 December 2020 (UTC)

bring new orleans back

Can we remove it based on WP:BURDEN? "Any material lacking a reliable source may be removed"? the sources aren't really that mainstream and its old. The group itself wasnt even anything more than a meeting. The articles in are overblown in small towns. Im surprised this made it in for such a small town since it never worked out. Oijdgoijg30jg (talk) 19:28, 21 December 2020 (UTC)oijdgoijg30jg

Hi Oijdgoijg30jg, thanks for asking – maybe we can, but I can't decide this unilaterally. A discussion at Talk:Bring New Orleans Back Commission is needed; please create a new section there and state all arguments for removal. Afterwards, we can invite the others to the discussion, and I'm relatively sure they won't object, as they likely don't have a strong opinion about the topic. Perhaps they were just concerned about the undiscussed removal without having a close look at the specific situation. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:53, 21 December 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-52

20:52, 21 December 2020 (UTC)


Last time I used SP in similar circumstances, DESiegel had a number of unpleasant words for me. --Deepfriedokra (talk) 00:24, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Oh, interesting   Whatever one does, someone will find a way to criticize it. Cheers ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:26, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Help Need LONG PERIOD of Semi-protection for notable person to Stop Vandalism

Ayu Maulida page was totally damaged by haters, as you can see here -> 12345 & more!! it was edited by several non-user (user with ip address from the Philippines) this past few days and it's getting worst day by day. Please Semi-protection this page until May 31, 2021 or more longer protection to stop vandalism potential. Thanks... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:44, 24 December 2020 (UTC)

Please use WP:RFPP. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 15:38, 24 December 2020 (UTC)


Maybe who is the LeonChow99,you can refer this page .But who maybe another one,like CaradhrasAiguo. LeonChow99 use too much proxy that anyone can not sure who is who in first time.

By the way, he last IP at is and— Preceding unsigned comment added by 2402:7500:5D5:1BB0:0:0:7BB9:2EBC (talk) 10:58, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Interesting, thanks for the link, 2402:7500:5D5:1BB0:0:0:7BB9:2EBC – I lack insight into what happens behind zhwiki's scenes. :) ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:56, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

ToBeFree, not sure if you saw this SPI yet: Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/LemonadeDrinker. Apparently someone created two throw-away socks (Lexus220 & LemonadeDrinker) with separate proxies/VPNs to cause fuss in these Chinese politics related topics. And what this IP did was quite interesting, too. I guess CU policy won't allow those to be revealed, but there's certainly something orchestrated here. --Pudeo (talk) 21:04, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Hi Pudeo, indeed I didn't! Thanks for the notification; that's strange. Mh. I'm out 😅 Thanks for dealing with these. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:12, 25 December 2020 (UTC)


I hope you are having a nice holidays. I saw on the bring new orleans back site that the sources are a personal website with a lawyers adversitment on it. The sources arent real. you can check them yourself. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Oijdgoijg30jg (talkcontribs) 17:43, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

Hi Oijdgoijg30jg, thanks for the information; let's see what happens in the next few days. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:31, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

The Signpost: 28 December 2020

Hello ToBeFree, almost two weeks ago, you blocked (talk • contribs • deleted contribs • blacklist hits • AbuseLog • what links to user page • COIBot • count • block log • x-wiki • Edit filter search • WHOIS • RDNS • tracert • • StopForumSpam • Google • AboutUs • Project HoneyPot) for two weeks, but also for two years for a specific user talk page. Yesterday I erroneously blocked the same range. In the meantime, a checkuser wrote at WP:AN#I blocked a range instead of a single IP address that “[the edit that caused your block] is their only edit on that whole /16 range, for the range of time that I can look at.”. I therefore unblocked the range, but did not reblock it for the single page since am not sure if you would still want that after the checkuser's statement. Please feel free to do so if you still see the need for it. ◅ Sebastian 10:51, 30 December 2020 (UTC)

Hi Sebastian, thank you very much for the notification – I have had a look again and actually do still see the need.   Thanks for the uncomplicated offer. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 14:27, 30 December 2020 (UTC)

Your blocking me

This is interesting. The only edits I have done is (1) removing non-notable self-promotion at Chitungwiza and (2) noting on the reference desk that so-called "arabic numerals" were indeed developed in Europe based on Indian numerals - a fact you can fact check in the relevant Wikipedia article. And that you label reference desk edits as "harrassment". And that you feel warrants an immediate(!) no-warning(!!) two(!!!) year(!!!) block(!!!!).

Comments discussing facts on reference desks are "harrassment"? Really? Really really?

Do you consider this standard Wikipedia operating procedure? (talk) 17:56, 30 December 2020 (UTC)

The block has nothing to do with you and does not affect your contributions in any way, but I'm pretty sure you're trolling and might need to be blocked as well. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 17:59, 30 December 2020 (UTC)
How am I trolling? Noting the fact that the european numeral "7" is not related to the arabic numeral "٧", in a discussion talking about how these numerals are drawn on paper, and these numerals being clearly visually different. Strictly relevant and to the point: clearly not visually similar! That european numerals were created based on various indian numerical systems, as documented in the relevant Wikipedia article. Please show me how I am trolling in stating these facts. I am really asking so I can improve my apparently horrendous manners. And, if you have the time, please explain how comparing these numerals constitutes "harrassment" and warrants blocks on talk pages that I have ever never touched. (talk) 18:12, 30 December 2020 (UTC)
The block really has nothing to do with you. It is limited to these pages because someone else from the same IP address range has previously harassed other users in pretty ugly ways. Regarding the numbers, if you'd like to rename the article Arabic numerals, feel free to attempt gaining consensus for your proposed change on the article's talk page. Until that has happened (i.e. never), don't bother those who use the common term. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:17, 30 December 2020 (UTC)
Yet I was blocked, personally. I note you give no evidence of claimed harrassment. I will not attempt to rename Arabic numerals, since being grossly misleading is not considered to be a problem on Wikipedia, as long as there is a "reliable source" somewhere. And there are people who read the article title and, without bothering to read the fine print below, consider themselves to be experts on the subject, and therefore anyone who pipes up is "harrassing".
Yes, you are "using the common term", but in this particular case, the "common term" in "arabic numerals" says the glyph (which was the exact issue being discussed) for "seven" is "٧". You see no problem in that whatsoever? Like maybe "common term" might be just flat out wrong? Perhaps stating that simple fact is not "harrassment", worthy of two-year blocks? (talk) 18:40, 30 December 2020 (UTC)
The block and the term "harassment" are not directed at you. They have nothing to do with your contributions. The alternative option would have been semi-protecting the user talk pages for a long time, which generally is not done and would prevent edits from every non-autoconfirmed user including all unregistered editors. If you are uncomfortable with visibly editing from an IP address range that has previously been used for harassment, feel free to create an account; an e-mail address is not required.
Regarding evidence, the deleted revisions in the following list are the reason for the block:
Best regards,
~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:50, 30 December 2020 (UTC)
The block and the term "harassment" are not directed at you. Yet you explicitly blocked me for harassment. How is that not directed at me?
I never harassed anyone. I discussed the difference between the arabic and european numerals, in particular the difference between the arabic glyph "٧" and the european/indian glyph "7". In a discussion exactly centered on that glyph. Yet you block me for "harrassment". Because discussing arabic vs european vs indian numerals is "harrassment".
If someone doing what you are doing were to apply for adminship on Wikipedia, would you vote for or against them? Considering what you are doing here, are your an honestly impartial admin? If you take an honest look at what I said, do you genuinely say I harrassed people? Really really really? What I did was genuinely harrassment? (talk) 19:13, 30 December 2020 (UTC)
Your IP address is within the CIDR range The block is on and was originally created at 2020-12-17T19:24:26, in direct response to harassment from at 2020-12-17T18:03:23. See the block log: [19]
The block has accidentally been modified to a full block by SebastianHelm at 2020-12-29T19:23:42; see the section above and WP:AN#I blocked a range instead of a single IP address. After the accident was noticed, the full block was removed. All I did was re-instating my original block, and my actions never had anything to do with you. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:21, 30 December 2020 (UTC)
You did not block me for some technical reason, you blocked me for fictitious "harrassment" on very specific pages.
This may need more eyes on it. Random drive-by blocks by a Wikipedia admin due to accusations of fictitious "harrassment" are not a positive thing for the project. (talk) 19:29, 30 December 2020 (UTC)
The block existed before you made the edits you claim to have been the reason for the block. QED. If you have further concerns about the same topic or would like to request "more eyes", feel free to ask for community input at WP:ANI. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:31, 30 December 2020 (UTC)
I am going to do a first on all of the Internet here. Here goes: I am probably uttertly totally in the wrong in what I have said here!
Sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry ever so sorry!
Sebastian (talk · contribs) said that my comments regarding the arabic glyph "v" and the european glyph "7" are trolling, and he wants to block me from all of Wikipedia.
Somehow I confused his accusation with whatever you have been doing (fighting the good fight I am sure!)
Sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry ever so sorry!
For the life of me I can't figure out how I confused Sebastian and you! How on Earth did we talk past each other for so long?
The discussion of "v" vs "7" should be between SebastianHelm and I.
I can't figure out how we did not see this earlier! Mea culpa, mea ultima culpa! (talk) 19:51, 30 December 2020 (UTC)
To be fair, I originally called it "trolling" above as well, so I'm not entirely without blame. I take that back, though; I didn't look closely enough at the situation to make such an assessment. Sorry for the hasty judgement. All the best and no worries, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 20:04, 30 December 2020 (UTC)

Christmas & 2021

Sections merged to one big celebration with a cute kitten at the end ~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:01, 3 January 2021 (UTC)

Happy holidays

This year, many people had COVID to fear,
The holidays are getting near,
One thing that will be clear,
We will still have holiday cheer,
Happy holidays and happy new year!!
From Interstellarity (talk) 14:44, 22 December 2020 (UTC)

  Thank you very much for the beautiful poem, Interstellarity. Happy holidays and a happy new year to you too! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 14:58, 22 December 2020 (UTC)

Merry Christmas!

  Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2021!

Hello ToBeFree, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2021.
Happy editing,

Katniss May the odds be ever in your favor 17:34, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

Spread the love by adding {{subst:Seasonal Greetings}} to other user talk pages.

Hey KatnissEverdeen, thank you very much! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too!   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 17:40, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

Merry Merry!

Hey ★Trekker, thank you very much! Merry Christmas to you too, and thanks for the advice. 😆 ~ ToBeFree (talk) 15:55, 24 December 2020 (UTC)

Yo Ho Ho

That's very kind, thanks! Happy Holidays and a prosperous new year! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 15:56, 24 December 2020 (UTC)

Merry Christmas!

  Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2021!

Hello ToBeFree, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2021.
Happy editing,

Fylindfotberserk (talk) 07:19, 24 December 2020 (UTC)

Spread the love by adding {{subst:Seasonal Greetings}} to other user talk pages.

The same to you!   Thank you very much! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 15:57, 24 December 2020 (UTC)

Merry Christmas!

  Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2021!

Hello ToBeFree, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2021.
Happy editing,

MRRaja001 (talk) 09:12, 24 December 2020 (UTC)

Spread the love by adding {{subst:Seasonal Greetings}} to other user talk pages.

Hey MRRaja001, thanks! Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2021 to you too! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 15:58, 24 December 2020 (UTC)

A Joyous Yuletide to You!

Hi and thanks, JackintheBox!   Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year to you too! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 16:22, 24 December 2020 (UTC)

Merry Christmas ToBeFree!

Thank you very much, Jerm!   Merry Christmas to you too, and a happy new year! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 15:36, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Happy Christmas

  Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2021!

Hello ToBeFree, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2021.
Happy editing,

Hurricane Tracker 495 18:53, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Spread the love by adding {{subst:Seasonal Greetings}} to other user talk pages.

For being a great admin throghout 2020. --Hurricane Tracker 495 18:53, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Hey HurricaneTracker495, thank you very much – both for the kind wishes and the friendly feedback. And thank you very much for your numerous hurricane-related contributions! Merry Christmas, a Happy New year and best regards, 🌠 ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:59, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Merry Christmas

  Merry Christmas ToBeFree/A

Hi ToBeFree/A, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas
and a very happy and healthy New Year,
Thank you for all your contributions to Wikipedia,
   –Davey2010Talk 19:14, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Hi TobeFree, Apologies for the late greeting!, You were on my list so not sure why you never got one!, Anyway late's better than never :), Hope you and yours are having or had a lovely Crimbo and wish you a happy and healthy New Year, Warm Regards, –Davey2010Talk 19:14, 25 December 2020 (UTC)
25 December ain't late! Hey Davey2010, thank you very much, and the same to you and your family.   Can't wait for having the first appearance in the scripts newsletter, ever. Can you do a one-time delivery here? ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:24, 25 December 2020 (UTC)
Haha well to be fair the day is nearly over in the UK :), Many thanks! :), Warm Regards, –Davey2010Talk 19:42, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Happy holidays!

  Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2023!

Hello ToBeFree/A, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2023.
Happy editing,


Spread the love by adding {{subst:Seasonal Greetings}} to other user talk pages.

~ Destroyer🌀🌀 20:09, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Hey Destroyeraa, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 20:37, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Happy New Year, ToBeFree!

   Send New Year cheer by adding {{subst:Happy New Year fireworks}} to user talk pages.

Hey Davey2010!   Happy 2021 to you too! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:38, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

Happy New Year!

  Happy New Year!
Hello ToBeFree:

Did you know ... that back in 1885, Wikipedia editors wrote Good Articles with axes, hammers and chisels?

Thank you for your contributions to this encyclopedia using 21st century technology. I hope you don't get any unnecessary blisters.

CAPTAIN RAJU(T) 01:05, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

Spread the WikiLove; use {{subst:Happy New Year elves}} to send this message
Today I learned   Happy New Year, CAPTAIN RAJU! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:39, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

Happy New Year, ToBeFree!

   Send New Year cheer by adding {{subst:Happy New Year fireworks}} to user talk pages.

Hi MRRaja001, thanks! The same to you!   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:40, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

Happy New Year, ToBeFree!

   Send New Year cheer by adding {{subst:Happy New Year fireworks}} to user talk pages.

Hey Fylindfotberserk, Thank you very much! Happy New Year to you too!   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:15, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

Thank you sir and same to you. - Fylindfotberserk (talk) 06:53, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

Happy New Year!

Empire AS Talk! 18:18, 31 December 2020 (UTC)

Hey Empire AS, thank you very much!   The template code is a bit weird, I have substituted "2021" for an automatically generated "2022" now. Happy New Year to you too! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:14, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
That's not weird. When you sent me this then according to the UTC, there was 2021, therefore, it happened.   Thank you very much. Empire AS Talk! 06:36, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
Oh I just noticed. I forgot to add includeonly tags within the CURRENTYEAR template. Therefore, it happened. I've now corrected the template. Thank you. :) Empire AS Talk! 07:13, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
Ah   You're welcome, thanks for the fix! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 16:20, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
I'm sorry. I was saying incorrectly that you were late to wish me the new year (have striked). But that wasn't the reality. My time zone isn't UTC, I just guessed that there would be the new year started when you wished me. That was due to a mistake in the template. I forgot to use <includeonly> tags within the {{CURRENTYEAR}} & {{NEXTYEAR}} templates. As a result, the template was substituted but not that 2 year templates. However, after realizing my mistake, I corrected it but till then it was very late as the template was substituted on a lot of talk pages. Thank you for wishing as well as notifying me. ;)   Empire AS Talk! 19:09, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
  Whatever! No worries. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:10, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

Happy New Year!

Send New Year cheer by adding {{subst:Happy New Year}} to user talk pages.

Sorry, this is a bit late. I wish you a prosperous and safe 2021. Cheers, ~ Destroyer🌀🌀 18:55, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

Hey Destroyeraa, thank you very much! 1 January isn't late.   Happy New Year to you too! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:08, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

A kitten for you!

Happy New Year! :)

Tatupiplu'talk 10:38, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

How cute!   Thank you very much, and a Happy New Year to you too! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:48, 3 January 2021 (UTC)

Message by

we are new to this platform pls unblocked it we will fix this soon thx you — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:12, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi, which account name? ~ ToBeFree (talk) 05:14, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

Block this weird user

can you please check on this user history (Sandy Anugrah), he loves to delete images from wiki biography page without any reason which is weird. I try to revert on Elvira Devinamira but yet he's doing the same thing again and again. I think this user should be blocked from wikipedia, its very disruptive ... (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16)--Terrence Tan (talk) 12:29, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

Please use WP:ANI. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 12:47, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi please check about this and give a comment since this 2 users are very suspicious. Thanks--Terrence Tan (talk) 14:11, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

Had a look. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 14:16, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

Are you encouraging people to stay active and keep Wikipedia pages current?

Just today I've had to update the pages of 3 top Nigerian Artistes who released their albums last year. 2 of them released their albums over 6 months ago and it hasn't been updated on Wikipedia. Wikipedia pages are looking so outdated and old and. Yet y'all aren't interested in keeping them updated.

Instead you're more interested in making active editors feel unworthy. What we Wikipedia editors need is a nod and a nudge. The rollback option isn't different from the undo option all extended users have but yet I can't have that adminiship? Lol Amaekuma (talk) 20:20, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi Amaekuma, thanks for keeping these pages updated – especially biographies require constant care, and I'm happy to see that you're donating your free time for this. While Wikipedia has a huge community of editors, keeping over six million articles up-to-date is an overwhelming task. There will always be articles about non-notable topics, there will be promotion, there will be biased paid contributions, there will be embarrassing hoaxes and even ugly attack pages about living people. Yesterday, I have reverted vandalism to a biography that went unnoticed for weeks and might already have appeared in Google's search results for the person's name. Coincidentally, the section below is about my response to the situation. So I'd say we're interested in the same things, or at least we do it for the same reason.
Regarding the rollback permission request at the bottom of Special:PermanentLink/997907232, I'm not sure what else to say – a clear requirement stated at the top of the page is a "measurable track record of counter-vandalism", and that isn't there yet. If rollback was identical to the normal "undo" process, there would be no need to apply; the application was done because you see rollback as an improvement over the currently-available tools. The two main problems with rollback, as opposed to Twinkle (which you can use right now and may do exactly what you're looking for), is the lack of an edit summary when reverting (WP:ROLLBACKUSE), and that rollback enables access to the powerful tool Huggle. If you're interested in reverting edits without providing an edit summary, or interested in using Huggle, please gain experience in the area first.
Rollback is not a reward for active editing, and declining a request for rollback is not a negative comment about your article edits. All I'm saying is that countervandalism seems to be unrelated to the (helpful!) contributions you have made so far. It really can't hurt to slowly start when entering a new area of Wikipedia. If I'd been playing basketball for years and were now interested in volleyball, I'd enter a volleyball club with modesty, not entitlement.
Best regards,
~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:14, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

Message by Elliott David

Thank you for your kind welcome. It takes some time to navigate but will learn more about the workings of wiki from the information you sent. Stay well. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elliott David (talkcontribs) 21:13, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

(Original title: Thank you!)

Thank you for your kind actions, your welcome message and for your contributions. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elliott David (talkcontribs) 21:15, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

Hey Elliott David, thank you very much for the kind feedback! Take your time; Wikipedia is a huge world with some possibly surprising policies and guidelines. Reading through the "no original research" policy alone, for example, was extremely informative for me the first time. The general message is obvious, but the details made me say "Oh. I didn't know that, but it makes a lot of sense" to myself multiple times. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:36, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

Thanks again for helping me to understand wiki and for your input. It is much appreciated! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elliott David (talkcontribs) 23:09, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

You're welcome, thanks again for the kind feedback – feel free to ask if any questions arise.   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:11, 3 January 2021 (UTC)

Secularism in India

Hello there!Can you please put 2021 Secularism in India under protection. It's been repeatedly subjected to vandalism. --> – Addie666 (talk) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Addie666 (talkcontribs) 00:23, 17 December 2020 (UTC)

Addie666 just filed a report at Wikipedia:Requests for page protection, which I declined. There isn't a high level of IP vandalism as claimed, and I've warned the user just now for edit warring. Just figured I'd let you know. ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 11:39, 3 January 2021 (UTC)
Hi Oshwah, thank you very much for the information, and for dealing with the request as well as detailedly explaining the issue in response to Addie666's message on your talk page. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:50, 3 January 2021 (UTC)
No problem! :-) ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 22:49, 3 January 2021 (UTC)
Hi Addie666, thanks for creating a request at WP:RFPP. That's the correct page to ask for protection; my talk page is less suitable for such issues.   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:50, 3 January 2021 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – January 2021

News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2020).

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news


  • By motion, standard discretionary sanctions have been temporarily authorized for all pages relating to the Horn of Africa (defined as including Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and adjoining areas if involved in related disputes). The effectiveness of the discretionary sanctions can be evaluated on the request by any editor after March 1, 2021 (or sooner if for a good reason).
  • Following the 2020 Arbitration Committee elections, the following editors have been appointed to the Arbitration Committee: Barkeep49, BDD, Bradv, CaptainEek, L235, Maxim, Primefac.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:08, 5 January 2021 (UTC)


Hi, ToBeFree, hope you're fine. I want to ask a question that can I create an article on the List of awards and nominations received by a tv series? Recently, I've created some awards and nominations articles that were received by an artist (here). I don't know whether it would be fine to create such an article. Another question, Is it appropriate to create an article named List of most-viewed (singer)'s music videos on YouTube? There are some most viewed articles by country present like List of most-viewed Pakistani music videos on YouTube. Thank you. Empire AS Talk! 07:34, 5 January 2021 (UTC)

Hey Empire AS, be bold 🙂 I'm not an expert on list notability, but the people at the WP:Teahouse can probably help deciding. Best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 12:25, 5 January 2021 (UTC)
Ok, thank you for suggesting. I'd try to create both. Empire AS Talk! 12:40, 5 January 2021 (UTC)


User:Tayi Arajakate is frequently restoring the disruptive additions on Namaste Trump. Even when he was told by other editors (NavjotSR, Brie, 1990sguy, Wareon, and others) to comply with the requirement of medical sources for medical claims. He is violating this norm by using outdated statements of politicians which were nothing more than political attacks. Apparently, you had told him not to restore the claims without gaining consensus on talk page through RFC but he is not listening and thinking that no one is watching so it would be okay to restore all of that now. 2402:8100:2401:8297:4C36:B96E:244C:1940 (talk) 04:46, 10 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi 2402:8100:2401:8297:4C36:B96E:244C:1940, I'm not too fond of your reverts there either; they were the final straw for a year of semi-protection. Perhaps this was bound to happen, and the horrible end is less disruptive than endless horror. That said:   Done. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 06:07, 10 January 2021 (UTC)

Semi Retired user can edit on wikipedia?

Hello, how are you?

Quick question, do you have any idea if a semi-retired user can still edit on Wikipedia?

Thank you, Best Regards Ramy5077 (talk) 18:46, 10 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi Ramy5077, Thanks for asking.
Retirement is not a technical status. It is a user's expression of the words "I won't edit anymore". Retirement is often announced in anger by users who do return later: If they had actually stopped caring about the encyclopedia, they would also not have seen a need to announce a retirement.
Semi-retirement is not a technical status either. It is a user's expression of the words "I won't edit as often as before anymore". Semi-retirement is often announced by users who care about the community but suddenly lack the time to participate regularly.
Retirement has nothing to do with blocks or bans.
Asking a user "Why are you even editing during 'retirement'" or similar things is incivil, even if not intended to cause offense. It is effectively hurting someone for giving Wikipedia a second chance.
Best regards,
~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:56, 10 January 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-02

15:41, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

You've got mail

Hello, ToBeFree/A. Please check your email; you've got mail!
It may take a few minutes from the time the email is sent for it to show up in your inbox. You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{You've got mail}} or {{ygm}} template.Normchou💬 21:00, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

is this necessary?

Seriously? Why did you had to talk on my talk page like bro why? Do you consider that is a violation of Wikipedia terms of service? — Preceding unsigned comment added by PBSKidsFan2006 (talkcontribs) 15:40, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi PBSKidsFan2006, I'm afraid your response confirms my concerns. Please wait a year or two before joining the encyclopedia. There is no need to rush this; the encyclopedia will still be there. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 17:56, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

RevDel request

Hello admin, sorry to bother you but could you please revdelete the edit summary of this edit? Thank you. --Ashleyyoursmile! 19:02, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

Hey Ashleyyoursmile, gone :) Thanks for the notification ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:04, 13 January 2021 (UTC)
Thank you very much. :) --Ashleyyoursmile! 19:06, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

  The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
For, inter alia, being kind to User:PBSKidsFan2006 and generally being nice to people! Caius G. (talk) 23:43, 13 January 2021 (UTC)
Hey Caius G., thank you very much for the kind feedback!   And especially thank you for reviewing pending changes. It's a silent action that only leaves a secluded log entry behind; it is rarely positively noticed, and when an understandable mistake happens, it sometimes backfires disproportionally. I stopped doing it after a while because there was absolutely no feedback about whether my near-invisible actions had actually helped anyone. Let's change that. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:04, 14 January 2021 (UTC)
Aww, you're being too nice! How did you notice me doing PCR? Oddly enough, I was actually thinking about this today: Why even review pending changes if it doesn't increase your edit count (and we both know that this is the only number that matters ;))? Best, Caius G. (talk) 00:14, 14 January 2021 (UTC)
Something told me "look beyond Special:Contributions", no idea what it was :) ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:30, 14 January 2021 (UTC)

Protection Request

Hello. Hoping you're having a good time. I'm requesting for a protection for the page Philippines at major beauty pageants as unregistered users (IP users) keep on vandalizing it. Thank you. Lukewin (talk) 01:20, 14 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi Lukewin, thanks -   Done ~ ToBeFree (talk) 11:49, 14 January 2021 (UTC)


user:2603:8080:b200:2e3a:6886:f0bf:8f26:3bb4 is reverting all of my edits. Can they please be blocked? CLCStudent (talk) 19:27, 17 January 2021 (UTC)

Gone, thanks ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:31, 17 January 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-03

16:09, 18 January 2021 (UTC)

Requesting for page protection

Good day. Hope your having a good time. I'm requesting for page protection for the pages Miss Universe Philippines, Miss Universe Philippines 2020, and Binibining Pilipinas 2020 as IP users are continuously vandalizing it. Thank you very much. King Archer (talk) 22:02, 18 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi King Archer, thanks for the request. The usual place for such requests is WP:RFPP. I make an exception for general-sanctions-related protection requests, such as regarding WP:GS/PAGEANT, and my bar for applying indefinite semi-protection to pageant articles is extremely low, but you need to provide proof of sockpuppetry for these sanctions to apply. The page has been edited by sockpuppeteers, but they are blocked for having created sockpuppet accounts next to their main account, not for having used sockpuppets to edit the page.
For protection requests unrelated to general sanctions, please use WP:RFPP.
Best regards,
~ ToBeFree (talk) 22:47, 18 January 2021 (UTC)

Editing news 2021 #1

18:38, 21 January 2021 (UTC)

Unknown User Double

See Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/ for sockpuppet investigation and multiple nonsense drafts, some already deleted. David notMD (talk) 10:41, 24 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi David notMD, thank you very much for the notification. That's an interesting case. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:10, 24 January 2021 (UTC)

D10s Maradona again

Despite you fixing the problems at Jalisco Cartel New Generation-Los Caballeros Templarios Cartel War (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) and blocking them for copyright issues (a block they evaded as an IP), they have now created Los Zetas-Gulf Cartel Civil War during the Mexican drug war (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) with exactly the same issues. The "Summary" section is a copy and paste from here (the same site whose copyright they violating previously). The "Mexican Army intervetion against the cartels in Tamaulipas and Nuevo León" section is copied without attribution from Joint Operation Nuevo León-Tamaulipas and Narco tank, and "The conflict" section contains content copied from here and probably elsewhere I haven't identified yet, as the standard of English is inconsistent with that of D10s Maradona. FDW777 (talk) 10:37, 24 January 2021 (UTC)

What a mess.   Thank you very much for the notification and the detailed source research. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:06, 24 January 2021 (UTC)
Thank you for sorting that out. You would think after being blocked for two weeks and previous articles being stubbed they would have made some effort to avoid copyright problems, but they just did the exact same thing again. Baffling! They also have a version of the article at User:D10s Maradona/sandbox that needs deleting as well due to the same copyright issues. FDW777 (talk) 21:21, 24 January 2021 (UTC)
Heh.   Done. Thanks again. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 22:11, 24 January 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-04

18:30, 25 January 2021 (UTC)

Why was this protected?

John F. Kennedy Memorial High School (New Jersey) hasn't been edited in two weeks? Alansohn (talk) 22:47, 27 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi Alansohn, see the filter log at ; this is currently being targeted by the wave at ~ ToBeFree (talk) 22:49, 27 January 2021 (UTC)
If you look at ANI, I was the one who first reported this phenomenon of notable people spam, so I'm impressed at the ability of the filter 1112 to detect and stop it. Thanks for the details. Alansohn (talk) 23:27, 27 January 2021 (UTC)
Oh   Well, thank you very much for noticing and reporting it then. Sadly, the filter is not perfect; it catches the first attempts by users who often continue to try evading the detection afterwards. I'm blocking those who try repeatedly, or those who add clear violations of the biographies of living persons policy, to prevent damage. I've tried page protection a few times, including on the page you've asked about, but the problem is so widespread that page protection is often not the right tool unless we want to semiprotect the entire encyclopedia. If you like to, I'll remove it from John F. Kennedy Memorial High School (New Jersey), or perhaps after a few days. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 23:31, 27 January 2021 (UTC)
@Alansohn: You can see a clear attempt to evade the filter at Special:Diff/1003216675; I find it quite interesting. Someone read the filter code (or a tutorial somewhere) and dodged it. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 23:36, 27 January 2021 (UTC)
The battle between vandals, counter-vandals and counter-counter-vandals is a never-ending cycle. At least until the TikTok fad wears off. Thanks again for your efforts i dealing with this particular vandalism crisis. Alansohn (talk) 23:50, 27 January 2021 (UTC)

Two well over 3RR on several articles

  Moved to WP:ANEW
 – ~ ToBeFree (talk) 09:03, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

A bit of help

Hello ToBeFree, could you please block and revoke the TPA of Grows a nose? It's Evlekis again. Pahunkat (talk) 17:25, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

K6ka's has just done that. Sorry to bother you :-) Pahunkat (talk) 17:27, 28 January 2021 (UTC)
Pahunkat, no worries :) Thanks for the notification, and do feel free to keep me updated about the LTA. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 17:40, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

  The Admin's Barnstar
Thanks for all the work you're doing to deal with the TikTok vandalism! ~Swarm~ {sting} 07:14, 28 January 2021 (UTC)
Hey Swarm, thank you very much! I've seen you deal with that wave of vandalism too; you definitely get a barnstar as well.   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 07:18, 28 January 2021 (UTC)
Thanks! This is crazy, I wonder if this is the biggest vandalism campaign we've ever had. And ironically, I don't even think most people realize it's happening thanks to the edit filters. Thank god for those, I can't imagine how bad this would be if we didn't have them. I wonder if the WMF is aware of the situation. ~Swarm~ {sting} 07:35, 28 January 2021 (UTC)
Late update: Swarm, you may like to copy and modify to your preferences: User:ToBeFree/antivandalism-temp.js, based on User:Enterprisey/quick-vand-block. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 17:11, 28 January 2021 (UTC)
Will do, thanks! ~Swarm~ {sting} 23:28, 29 January 2021 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

  The Admin's Barnstar
For blocking the vandal accounts. This is to let you know that it is very much appreciated. :) Ashleyyoursmile! 19:00, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

  The Admin's Barnstar
Bro, you are so fast for those vandals! Shinyeditbonjour. 19:01, 28 January 2021 (UTC)
Hey Ashleyyoursmile and Shinyedit   Three of them. Made my day. Thank you very much! Currently got no time to add them to the topicons... ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:08, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

A goat for you!

You got enough barnstars; you get a goat, cause you're the GOAT.

Drmies (talk) 23:30, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

  Thank you very much, Drmies, that's a nice surprise. Never had a goat before! It's cute, I hope it gets on well with the kittens.    ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:21, 29 January 2021 (UTC)

I seriously didn't know...

TIKTOK would be the platform to incite a Wikipedia raid. Shinyeditbonjour. 17:39, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

Yeah. Me neither.   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 17:41, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

Use this (updated recently, now may also be used for IPs) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shinyedit (talkcontribs) 18:51, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

Thanks :) Not yet, as I like my personalized one, but perhaps soon ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:07, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

You're on fire

Can't keep up. I'm stepping away from filter 1112 - you're owning it! GirthSummit (blether) 19:18, 29 January 2021 (UTC)

  Thank you very much for the work on this, Girth Summit. If you like to, I'll notify you before I go to bed... ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:19, 29 January 2021 (UTC)
ToBeFree, ha! I think we're in similar time zones though, we'll need to let our American friends take over... GirthSummit (blether) 19:21, 29 January 2021 (UTC)
Ah well, this is why I love the English Wikipedia in particular.   A city that never sleeps. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:23, 29 January 2021 (UTC)
Ugh but I'm having coffee with ricotta pie. Thank you both; I appreciate it. Drmies (talk) 21:05, 29 January 2021 (UTC)
You might be surprised though that Americans are in all sorts of time zones... even in America. ☆ Bri (talk) 05:02, 30 January 2021 (UTC)

About SPI

I do not have the right to initiate an SPI investigation. Your suggestion is a bit difficult for me to implement. Who can I ask to help initiate an investigation?2402:7500:5D0:D16F:0:0:3C13:D3D (talk) 22:52, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi 2402:7500:5D0:D16F:0:0:3C13:D3D, please click in the following order: WP:SPI, "How to open an investigation: Show", "If you are an anonymous (IP address) editor, and the case page is protected or does not exist, please click "show" to the right and use the box below: Show". Thanks and best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 22:56, 28 January 2021 (UTC)
Thank you.2402:7500:5D0:D16F:0:0:3C13:D3D (talk) 22:59, 28 January 2021 (UTC)
No worries :) ~ ToBeFree (talk) 23:00, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

Possible Concern Regarding Blocked User.

Hi User:ToBeFree. In regards to a user you recently blocked, User:Manz_Orale_Taib, I fear that they are evading the block by utilizing the following IP address,, since the latter is working on pages that the former worked on before they got blocked such as Power Rangers Dino Fury and Draft:Pagadian Explorers and continuing to add unsourced information. Could you look into it please? Blazewing16 (talk) 02:15, 29 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi Blazewing16, thank you very much for the report; please make such reports at WP:SPI. Luckily, Mz7 has seen the report and solved the problem. Best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:17, 29 January 2021 (UTC)

Ayu Maulida page was damaged by Filipino fans Kenneth Saclote

Please revert the edits that just made by by Filipino fans Kenneth Saclote on Ayu Maulida page, he is deleting all of the references, information and photos of Ayu Maulida without any reason. Please block Kenneth Saclote! He is a sockpuppet user of Panikilicious who did the same deletion on Ayu Maulida a month ago! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:54, 30 January 2021 (UTC)

Message by Sasha240

Original heading: "ToBeFree" ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:59, 30 January 2021 (UTC)

Stimate domn,

Olga Cobel (1928-1941) fiica ofiterului roman din armata autro-ungar, Ion Cobel (K.K. Landwehr-Infanterieregiment Czernowitz Nr.22) si a Mariei Cobel (nascuta Aronet), din Patrautii de Jos, a cazut victima in timpul masacrului de la Fantana Alba. Va rog sa va informati, faptul ca i-am adaugat numele in lista de victime ii face dreptate copilei Olga, nu este vorba despre niciun scam sau altceva. Dar numele ei trebuie pomenit cu cinste printre ceilalti cazut victima in nemiloasa tragedie.

Cu mult respect,

Daniel Alexandru Cobel. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sasha240 (talkcontribs) 16:06, 30 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi Sasha240, please have a look at our help page for adding citations. When you provide a reliable source, the information can be added. Best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:59, 30 January 2021 (UTC)

Nothing but bluelinked talk pages in the filter log...

so ToBeFree must be awake! Widr has been taking all your money while you were napping. Drmies (talk) 20:55, 30 January 2021 (UTC)

Heh   Even at the weekend, the frequency is high. I thought they do this at school. Thanks for dealing with them! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:34, 30 January 2021 (UTC)
Now that you're back Ima go play with the dog a bit. Thanks, Drmies (talk) 21:35, 30 January 2021 (UTC)
 👍 ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:37, 30 January 2021 (UTC)


Can user:2409:4054:1:c414:e9c8:421c:daa1:fcbc please be blocked ASAP. CLCStudent (talk) 14:04, 31 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi CLCStudent, I guess they have now been hit by an autoblock. Not directly blocking the IP address for now. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 14:08, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
That IP edited again. CLCStudent (talk) 14:13, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Blocked, thanks ~ ToBeFree (talk) 14:14, 31 January 2021 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 January 2021

Filter 1060

Hi, wanted to mention how useful the "CSD tag removed by page creator" tag is when wading through a watchlist. If there are any plans on reopening that discussion from last May about setting it to disallow then I would be in support of that! (Doesn't seem like anyone was really opposed to it) – Thjarkur (talk) 22:49, 23 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi Thjarkur, thank you very much for the reminder. I had completely forgotten about this. Trying again at WP:EFN#1060 to disallow. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 02:34, 24 January 2021 (UTC)

  Bumping thread for 7 days. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:08, 24 January 2021 (UTC)


"14:32, 30 December 2020 ToBeFree talk contribs changed block settings for talk preventing edits on the pages User talk:Aeengath, User talk:David J Johnson and User talk:Abc10 with an expiration time of 2 years (anon. only) (Harassment)" I don't understand how can anyone can blame me for harrassment. I have never even heard of these people, nor have I edited their pages. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:04, 1 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi, the block applies to a very broad range of IP addresses and is not directed at you at all. It also, as you have correctly noticed, does not have any effect on your editing, as it doesn't prevent edits to any pages you'd imaginably edit on Wikipedia. If you would like to remove the red block notice above the contributions list, feel free to create an account. Best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 05:09, 1 February 2021 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – February 2021

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2021).



Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:10, 1 February 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-05

22:38, 1 February 2021 (UTC)

Miss Universe 2017

please revert the disruptive content removal made by Nguyenquochieu2107. He is deleting so many information with references and photos of Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters on Miss Universe 2017 together with Panikilicious.

Please revert it now amd bring back the image of Demi Leigh! Lukewon (talk) 06:17, 4 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi Lukewon, please talk to the user on their talk page; if that doesn't help, see WP:Dispute resolution and WP:ANI. If you suspect sockpuppetry, use WP:SPI. Thanks ~ ToBeFree (talk) 08:27, 4 February 2021 (UTC)

I wanna get my old account back!

Hello ToBeFree, I wanna say that I want to get my old account (KamilAleeBhat) back. If it is possible, could you please help me get through this? -- Kamil Ali Bhat (talk) 09:48, 5 February 2021 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) @Kamilalibhat: If you want to use "KamilAleeBhat" as your primary account name going forward, you can request the current account to be renamed to something else and then your "Kamilalibhat" account to be renamed to "KamilAleeBhat". If you are in control of both accounts and have enabled email on both, you can use Special:GlobalRenameRequest to make both requests (the second once the first was done for which you will be notified via email). Regards SoWhy 10:46, 5 February 2021 (UTC)
Thank you very much, SoWhy 🙂
Hi Kamilalibhat, if you have lost access to your old account, WP:USURP may perhaps be a possibility, but the account has edited already, making this a tough decision. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 17:43, 5 February 2021 (UTC)
I got it back via email! Thank you for your advice ☺ –KamilAli 17:47, 5 February 2021 (UTC)

Protection preventing necessary edit

You imposed protection on List of longest-living members of the British royal family with the result that nobody who cares has been able to update the relative position of the Duchess of Kent (who has now lived six weeks longer than but remains listed below Princess Patricia of Connaught). The "disruptive" editing you cited (always quickly reverted) is probably motivated by the difficulty some have in loading updated date counts (which is triggered by revisions but can otherwise be inhibted by browser caches). (talk) 06:45, 7 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi, feel free to submit an edit request by clicking "View source" and then the big blue button. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 14:53, 7 February 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-06

17:40, 8 February 2021 (UTC)

Parakeetman3905 issue

It's been over 2 years now I just want my accounts back (including the Jakohl account) I have tried so many times but nothing happens, I follow the guidelines and moderator/admin suggestions but they still say I don't do it right but I've given up now so please reconsider and help.

2601:249:B80:7840:95C0:998C:73A3:D59B (talk) 17:50, 8 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi Parakeetman3905, do you still have access to your account? I'm generally willing to consider an unblock request, as it's been a long time and people change over time. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:16, 8 February 2021 (UTC)

I'm not really sure since I can't sign up or do anything since its an ip thing. I think I can enter but I have to use device out of my ip and account 2601:249:B80:7840:95C0:998C:73A3:D59B (talk) 20:50, 8 February 2021 (UTC)

Your current IP address does not appear to be blocked – if it were, you couldn't edit this page. I'm sure we can find a solution even if you completely lost access, but that would be unnecessarily complicated if you can somehow log in. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 20:51, 8 February 2021 (UTC)

Thinking about nominating someone for adminship...

I was thinking about nominating Ed6767 for adminship as they seem to be very interested in anti-vandalism work with their script RedWarn. Do you think they would be a good candidate for adminship? Aasim (talk) 21:06, 8 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi Aasim, their activity has sadly steadily declined (see the month graph at ) and didn't raise above 2300 mainspace contributions. That's too early. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:08, 8 February 2021 (UTC)
I guess wait for them to have 5000 contribs before asking you again :) Aasim (talk) 21:37, 8 February 2021 (UTC)
Heh. Well, there is no fixed limit, but it was 20,000 for me. Much more important is continuous activity for a year or two. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:40, 8 February 2021 (UTC)
On an unrelated note, I do not think I would be a good candidate for adminship at the moment. Plus, I see adminship as a little pointless unless if for some reason we do not have enough admins to handle all the admin backlog. Plus, we are all admins of our own PCs as well. Sorry bad pun but you know what I mean :) Aasim (talk) 21:48, 8 February 2021 (UTC)

Block evasion of globally locked user

Hello admin, can you please take a look at Szczepan76? This is sock of the blocked user Szczepan777 and Szczepan67, both currently globally locked by Ponyo and Nthep. --Ashleyyoursmile! 10:18, 9 February 2021 (UTC)

Thank you very much, they are back again as 2001:B011:D006:2582:347C:5D45:FFC3:D020 (talk · contribs · WHOIS). Ashleyyoursmile! 10:24, 9 February 2021 (UTC)
Thank you very much for both notifications! Please let me know if this continues. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 10:27, 9 February 2021 (UTC)
Additional note: Ashleyyoursmile, global locks are done by Stewards and can be requested at meta:SRG, in addition to the English Wikipedia block(s). ~ ToBeFree (talk) 10:29, 9 February 2021 (UTC)
I see, thanks for letting me know, and for taking care of it. :) Ashleyyoursmile! 10:30, 9 February 2021 (UTC)

Elliot Page page

Hello ToBeFree! I'm only an occasional editor, but I have a major question about some edits I made today to the Eliot Page entry. As you may know Page recently came out as trans and makes it clear that they use he/him and they/them pronouns. However, the Wiki page uses "he" exclusively, which I believe is inaccurate. So I selected a few paragraphs and changed the pronouns to Page's other preferred pronoun. Within a few hours, my edits were changed back and the page was locked.

I am not an expert on either Wikipedia protocols or Elliot Page. However, I would like to open this up to further discussion. Of course, if Elliot himself has weighed in or would like to, I could completely respect his decision! But as far as I know he has specified use of both pronouns and has also mentioned nonbinary identity alongside being trans.

I would appreciate your advice on what a next step might be in accurately and fairly reflecting what is still a complex (and apparently controversial) issue. Thank you. Ananomal (talk) 21:40, 9 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi Ananomal, the short answer is "please avoid editing and even caring about this area of conflict until you have made at least 500 contributions to other Wikipedia articles about non-controversial topics." The long answer can be found on the article's talk page. As a rule of thumb, if you disagree with the result of the discussions there and in the talk page archive, your input would be welcome if you have gained the necessary amount of experience to engage in this area. I mean this seriously; this topic causes experienced editors to stumble and is thus completely unsuitable for your first steps. Stay away at all cost. Best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:51, 10 February 2021 (UTC)

Thank you ToBeFree. I can and definitely will follow that advice. Thanks for your quick reply. Yours, Ananomal (talk) 01:07, 10 February 2021 (UTC)

This relieves me.   You're welcome, and thanks. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:08, 10 February 2021 (UTC)

Quick note on Genshin Impact

Thanks for your edits to Genshin Impact.

You forgot to turn off pending changes on this page. Aasim (talk) 06:31, 10 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi Awesome Aasim, per WP:PC, "it is a good choice to leave pending changes enabled when other protections are applied." Best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 06:44, 10 February 2021 (UTC)

Elliot Page warning Comment

With honest respect, I feel the warning notice that landed on my talk page was bit heavy handed WP:NOBRICKS :) for a single good faith edit, were i quickly admitted given good evidence i had made an error and agreed with the correction as soon as it was presented. ~ BOD ~ TALK 22:50, 10 February 2021 (UTC)

Hey Bodney, I can understand that impression, but these alerts are important to ensure awareness as defined by the Arbitration Committee's procedure, and they do not imply that any misconduct has happened. You are welcome to remove the notices at any time, now that they have fulfilled their purpose of ensuring awareness. They may, agreedly, seem pointless if you were already aware about their content. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 22:57, 10 February 2021 (UTC)

Our friend from Shelbyville

He may need his TPA revoked if he keeps at it.[49] davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 01:45, 13 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi davidwr, thank you very much for the notification; at the moment their talk page edits seem to be relatively harmless. WP:UP#CMT is about declined unblock templates; removing the block notice is theoretically fine. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:48, 13 February 2021 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 01:50, 13 February 2021 (UTC)

EC protection

Hi, I see you've applied indefinite EC protection to the Wuhan lab leak theory article. Could you consider reducing this to, say, three months or six months? The problem with indef is, of course, just that. When all this COVID stuff is over and done with, new editors still won't be able to work on the article. Okay, they can request a downgrade, but I guess most don't and just move on. Thanks, Arcturus (talk) 13:02, 13 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi Arcturus, thanks for asking. This is not a normal indefinite protection. There was a discussion at WP:AN about disruptive editing by autoconfirmed users in this area, and the disruption likely has no fixed end date. All protections listed at WP:GS/COVID19 will be removed by the community in one single discussion as soon as the area does not require special treatment anymore. Additionally, I can remove or downgrade my numerous protections if the community takes too much time before doing this. Feel free to remind me to have another look in a few months or 2022 or so. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 13:33, 13 February 2021 (UTC)
Additional note: The discussion that led to this specific protection is,_again ~ ToBeFree (talk) 13:36, 13 February 2021 (UTC)
Okay TBF, thanks for looking at it again. I'll see how it goes over the coming months. Arcturus (talk) 13:44, 13 February 2021 (UTC)

D.A.V. Public School, Chandrasekharpur

Hi ToBeFree, I can't access the article since you protected it, but I had a quick look at the promotional section devoted to the principal. I'd have cut the whole thing anyway, but additionally it's a copyright violation of [50]. Thanks and cheers, 2601:188:180:B8E0:85B0:B2F8:1934:3327 (talk) 23:45, 13 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi 2601:188:180:B8E0:85B0:B2F8:1934:3327, thank you very much for investigating the origin of that section and for the notification. I can't remove it from the article's history as it is a list of things that can hardly be written in any other way (Wikipedia:Close_paraphrasing#Creative_expression), and because deleting all affected revisions would remove a significant part of the article's attribution (cf. WP:RD1). However, I have removed the unduly weighted section for now, in Special:Diff/1006639614, crediting you for finding this. I hope semi-protection for two weeks is okay with you, after the filter log entries and the edits that got through. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:00, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
Absolutely, and thank you. Cheers, 2601:188:180:B8E0:85B0:B2F8:1934:3327 (talk) 00:02, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
You're welcome   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:11, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

Edit Update

Hallo frei... ich habe einen Interessenkonflikt. Kannst du mir bitte helfen?

Here is what I wrote to a wikipedia staff whom sent me a link that lead me to select editors from a list whom can simply update the changes:

I am Cleopatra Fitzgerald a NYC Mayoral Candidate. Please update my political affiliation from Republican to Democratic Party since I just changed parties to Democratic. Also include this updated article and photo as reference in wikipedia My contact information is publicly available in my website and press release if you have any questions feel free to contact me.

The wikipedia article I am referring to is:

Thank you so much and keep safe!

Cleopatra Fitzgerald ```` — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2603:7000:2F01:CC6C:31FD:E5A3:2A11:A27 (talk) 00:48, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi Cleopatra Fitzgerald, Thanks for asking, and welcome to Wikipedia.
Sadly, I wasn't able to find reliable, secondary sources for the replacement, and the linked websites also do not seem to contain the information at the moment. I personally do believe you, but Wikipedia is a tertiary source that summarizes what other sources, preferably independent secondary sources, have published.
I have removed the contested information from the article (Special:Diff/1006656365). If I understand correctly, your concern was about the "(R)" next to your name, so I hope this approach is similarly acceptable while also complying with Wikipedia's policies.
To request the addition of content, please click "Talk" at the top of the Wikipedia article you would like to add content to. On the article's talk page, you can click "New section" and then use the code {{request edit}} to draw attention to your request. An experienced reviewer will answer the request. However, the request needs to comply with Wikipedia's policy against original research, specifically the section WP:PSTS, which deals with the distinction between primary, secondary and tertiary sources. I would copy the request to the article's talk page on your behalf, but it seems to conflict with this policy by citing primary, non-independent sources. An edit request citing only primary sources as justification for adding content about a living person to Wikipedia would quickly be declined (cf. WP:BLPRS).
Best regards,
~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:58, 14 February 2021 (UTC)


Can user:EpicBruhLord please be blocked ASAP for vandalism? CLCStudent (talk) 12:16, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi CLCStudent, what a weird account. :) Thanks and   Done ~ ToBeFree (talk) 12:18, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

Deleting user space material

Hi again TBF, could you advise me on deletion of content from userspace? I have some material at User:Arcturus/Lab leak‎ that I'd like to delete, if only to save space and tidy up, but I can't see how I can do this myself. It is already flagged for page deletion, along with other similar material, but it may not actually get deleted. Could you remove this for me? Many thanks, Arcturus (talk) 12:36, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) @Arcturus: You tag it with WP:G7 (using the template). Cheers, RandomCanadian (talk / contribs) 13:33, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
Hi Arcturus, if a regular deletion discussion is already running, please just let it run its course. Do feel free to state your agreement with deletion, specifically pointing out that you are the author, in the discussion. In some cases, this can lead to a speedy deletion, but it likely won't in this case. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 16:13, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

Valentine Greets!!!

  Valentine Greets!!!

Hello ToBeFree, love is the language of hearts and is the feeling that joins two souls and brings two hearts together in a bond. Taking love to the level of Wikipedia, spread the WikiLove by wishing each other Happy Valentine's Day, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person.
Sending you a heartfelt and warm love on the eve,
Happy editing,

D💘ggy54321 (xoxo😘) 03:50, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

Spread the love by adding {{subst:Valentine Greetings}} to other user talk pages.

Hi Doggy54321, happy Valentine's Day to you too! ~ ToBeFree (talk) 16:11, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
Thank you! D💘ggy54321 (xoxo😘) 16:49, 14 February 2021 (UTC)


Dear ToBeFree Thank you ever so much, it is deeply appreciated.

I can send you a screen picture of my current party affiliation but I do not have a wikipedia email. My party affiliation can be found by going to the State BOE website: (Redacted) I would like to be under the blue Democratic party line and be deleted from the red Republican line since I am no longer under the Republican party. ☮️🌹☘️

Many Thanks, Schönes Wochenende 🌞

CF ```` — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2603:7000:2F01:CC6C:31FD:E5A3:2A11:A27 (talk) 08:11, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi Cleopatra Fitzgerald, You're welcome, and thank you for the clarification.
I now see the problem: The main heading was "Republican primary". I have removed the disputed entry in Special:Diff/1006762729. However, to request the addition of material (e.g. the addition of your name to the Democrats section), the burden to demonstrate verifiability lies with the editor who adds or restores material, and it is satisfied by providing an inline citation to a reliable source that directly supports the contribution. If there are reliable, secondary, published sources for the addition, please propose it at Talk:2021 New York City mayoral election, the talk page of the article, by clicking the text "request corrections on or suggest content" in the orange box at the top of that page.
Best regards and have a nice weekend too,
~ ToBeFree (talk) 17:49, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

Regarding a blocked account

Hello admin, you might want to see this since they are mentioning "lawyer". --Ashleyyoursmile! 18:08, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

Pff. Thanks for the notification, Ashleyyoursmile. I won't remove TPA, though: Per WP:NLT, "Repeats of legal threats on the user's talk page have limited scope for disruption or chilling effect. The user should not be prevented from using their talk page until reasonable attempts have been made to open a civil discussion." ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:12, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
I see. Not related to this but just a random query, if someone says they will make "an official complaint" if their edits are reverted, does that imply legal threat in some way? This is regarding a report I opened at the ANI where a user is claiming to be the artist whose page they are editing and doesn't want some information to be there on that page. They said they will make an official complaint if their edits are reverted. Ashleyyoursmile! 18:22, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
Hi Ashleyyoursmile, first of all, I've had a look at the repeated edit warring and am hesitant to take action because the repeated removal may be exempt per WP:3RRNO. Regarding the threat, "official complaint" is ambiguous and may refer to Wikipedia's internal processes instead of off-wiki action. When voiced in this way by someone concerned about BLP content, kindly asking for clarification is probably the best approach. When asking for clarification, it is important to point to the WP:NLT policy so the asked user knows about your concern before answering. This way, they can easily defuse the situation. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:40, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
I wasn't sure what to make of it so I thought of asking you, since I'm inexperienced in this regard. Thank you for taking a look and letting me know. :) Ashleyyoursmile! 18:50, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
You're welcome, and no worries. Oh, and you may like to have a look at the original reason for creating this section again, as the situation has been resolved in an amicable way. :) ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:51, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-07

17:55, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

Billybostickson continuing disruption

Despite being given a final warning Billybostickson has continued his disruption, opening a dispute resolution noticeboard discussion despite him being a minority opinion. Although I will not repeat the WP:OUTING again, I will confirm that Billybostickson is part of an offwiki collective of users who promote the "lab leak" conspiracy theory and who have attempted to recruit users for WP:MEATPUPPETRY on "lab leak" related articles, which Billy himself has engaged in. (I will email details of this upon request). As such, given that Billy has been given the notice and has continued his disruption, can the topic ban be reinstated? Hemiauchenia (talk) 18:15, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

Hemiauchenia, quod erat expectandum. Thank you very much for the timely notification. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:32, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
Thanks for your prompt action, I was also keeping track of the situation by logging it at AN, but at some point, Wikipedia:Give 'em enough rope applies... The discussion over there can probably mostly be closed, though there's probably still an open question to answer about avoiding having to whack-a-mole duplicates (which might have an application in future instances of similar situations)... Cheers, RandomCanadian (talk / contribs) 20:00, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
And yet another wall of text unblock request... Sie haben ganz richtig geschrieben, "quod erat expectandum"... RandomCanadian (talk / contribs) 20:08, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
(the informal address "Du" is fine, see also de:WP:DU :) ) No worries. The previous block was removed for mostly bureaucratic reasons, but I can be bureaucratic too. The current block is unrelated to the topic ban, making the lengthy appeal a completely irrelevant wall of text. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:18, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
Ah. Das ist interessant. In French (which I know better), (z.B. User_talk:RandomCanadian/Archive_1#Vous_parlez_un_peu_français_;) it's usually "vous" (which is not capitalised even when used as the equivalent of the German Sie) (the templates addressed to the user on French WP also use "vous"). Cheers, RandomCanadian (talk / contribs) 00:43, 15 February 2021 (UTC)
Today I learned it's even called "T–V distinction" after the Latin "tu" and "vos", which is almost identical to the French ones. And I had to think of an ABBA song from 1979... ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:13, 15 February 2021 (UTC)
While this is not directly related, it has been found that ScrupulousScribe has been convertly canvassing dormant editors who have previously expressed pro "lab leak" opinions via email to participate in the MfD discussion, which is the likely real source of the disruption. El C has blocked them for two weeks and revoked email access, see Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Incidents#Topic_ban_violation_and_off-wiki_canvassing_by_User:ScrupulousScribe, but this should probably be noted in a section on the MfD itself. Hemiauchenia (talk) 18:40, 15 February 2021 (UTC)
Hemiauchenia: Interesting, thanks. Hm. Theoretically, it shouldn't have an effect on the closing result. We'll see. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:09, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

An Additional Favor

Would it be possible if I could ask if we could rev-delete Aissabuter (talk · contribs)'s edits, too? They are all copy and paste violations from Animals Area's pages.--Mr Fink (talk) 23:13, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi Mr Fink, I assume the editor has written the content themselves and there is probably no actual copyright violation involved, but it does conflict with Wikipedia's copyright violations policy as it has been published outside of Wikipedia before and lacks proof of free licensing or actual authorship (Wikipedia:Copyright_violations#Contributor_is_copyright_holder). I think I have catched all the obviously affected revisions now; the list at Special:Diff/952348057 is probably not clearly copyrightable enough to justify revision deletion. The source of the user page at Special:Permalink/947003138 may be obtainable via the Internet Archive, but if I see correctly, it was at least not at . If you can find a copy of the original source, I'll delete the user page too. But again, I personally believe they're the copyright holder anyway, and this is just a very cautious measure I felt obliged to take after your notice. Best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 23:54, 15 February 2021 (UTC)
I see, thank you for your explanation.--Mr Fink (talk) 00:18, 16 February 2021 (UTC)

your note

Read your feedback on username policy. Thank you for the information. None of it applies to me so I'll hang on the username. Agency171 (talk) 18:22, 16 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi Agency171, thank you very much for the clarification. However, this raises two questions:
  • Why did you choose "Agency" as a username?
  • What is your connection to Trista Piccola?
Best regards,
~ ToBeFree (talk) 20:53, 16 February 2021 (UTC)

User:Joshua Doubek

Hi. Last month you blocked the user for two weeks for edit warring their pictures into articles, following an AIV report by me.[54] The user has recently resumed activity, restoring edits over a smaller range of articles. While some images could be relevant, many are redundant, placed poorly within context, and incorrectly formatted. The user has previously demonstrated refusal to engagement in discussion, and I'm quite sure that if reverted he will edit war and step over 3RR, but that would be disrupting Wikipedia to game the system, and I don't want to waste everyone's time with such an exercise. An AIV report was not acted upon; thoughts on how best to proceed? --Paul_012 (talk) 13:48, 20 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi Paul 012, Thank you very much for the notification. While WP:AIV is for spam and vandalism (malicious, intentional disruption) only, and they have been doing this in good faith, their edits have been disruptive. This is an unusual case that could have been reported at WP:ANI, as it was spread across many pages. Normally, WP:ANEW is the place for edit warring reports, but that noticeboard is practically focused on single-page edit wars.
Because the onus to achieve consensus for inclusion is on those seeking to include disputed content, I have now restored the revisions without the images. And because the user had been blocked for the same behavior before, then continued without discussion, I have blocked them indefinitely. A discussion at WP:ANI would likely have led to a similar result, but notifying an administrator who has previously blocked the user for the same behavior is also a fine approach. There's not always a patent remedy for dealing with disputes; WP:Dispute resolution describes some ideas and WP:DISCFAIL is a nice essay, although not really applicable to this situation.
Best regards,
~ ToBeFree (talk) 15:01, 20 February 2021 (UTC)


  The Admin's Barnstar
For numerous acts of kindness. 2601:188:180:B8E0:65F5:930C:B0B2:CD63 (talk) 16:16, 20 February 2021 (UTC)
Hey 2601:188:180:B8E0:65F5:930C:B0B2:CD63, thank you very much!   I'm always happy when I see a notification from you.
If only my semi-protections didn't prevent edits from you too :( If you ever decide to create an account, please notify me for manual confirmation. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 16:24, 20 February 2021 (UTC)
Thank you. I have one, which I drag out now only for emergencies, i.e., reverting vandalism on protected articles. As a registered, I made over 50,000 edits, mostly adding content and creating articles. Even helped get a few to featured status. Cheers 2601:188:180:B8E0:65F5:930C:B0B2:CD63 (talk) 16:31, 20 February 2021 (UTC)
Ah, well then.   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 16:35, 20 February 2021 (UTC)

Sandboxes Deletion

Hi ToBeFree

Is this is the right place to discuss my sandboxes? I'm rather amateur when it comes to Wikipedia.


Hi Spcresswell, thanks for asking. The best place to join the discussion is the section that is currently at the bottom of WP:AN. Simply click "edit" next to the section heading, and add your message to the bottom. A signature should be added at the end (~~~~), and the reply should be indented like mine (with a colon, see "edit" here). Best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:00, 21 February 2021 (UTC)
Hi ToBeFree, I've joined the conversation to discuss the boxes. Thanks, ~ Spcresswell
Ah perfect, thank you very much, Spcresswell. If I forget to delete the pages after a while, feel free to remind me. I guess that could be in a week or two. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:26, 21 February 2021 (UTC)

Hello :)


I hope you're doing well.

I still remember how you helped me in making my first edits on Wikipedia. It's been over a year now. And now I feel confident that I can contribute in other parts such as NPP.

I've applied for the NPR permission two months back. But It's still pending. Can you please see if I qualify for the NPP?


Thanks - Tatupiplu'talk 07:21, 8 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi Tatupiplu', nice to meet you again! I'll need a while to review this. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 12:27, 8 February 2021 (UTC)
  Bumping thread for 14 days. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 12:27, 8 February 2021 (UTC)
Already declined by Rosguill, recommending to join WP:NPPSCHOOL. Sorry ~ ToBeFree (talk) 21:01, 8 February 2021 (UTC)


Can user:2601:181:4680:1540:8b8:b800:109f:4d1a please be blocked ASAP? CLCStudent (talk) 19:29, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

  Done ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:29, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

Can user: please be blocked ASAP? CLCStudent (talk) 19:47, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

  Done   ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:48, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

Thank you

Brilliantly put. Bishonen | tålk 22:04, 22 February 2021 (UTC).

  ~ ToBeFree (talk) 22:08, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-08

00:16, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

Message by 0crock

Heading added ~ ToBeFree (talk) 20:12, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

I also want to say thank you! But I will also need to you know that I need help with making a new page. Not for myself but I'll have to figure out what I will make it about. ~ 0crock 3:37, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi 0crock, I strongly recommend against creating an article before having gained enough experience by editing existing articles. The probability of overestimating a topic's notability (WP:42) without such experience is very high. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:48, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

ToBeFree I made a draft already, draft:Red devil battlebot But now I could really use some help with completing it, I have gotten quite unmotivated to complete it and could really use some help from someone. ~ 0crock 6:52, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

Ah. Okay, I have had a look and tagged two concerns about the draft at the top. I recommend having a look at the Task Center for ideas unrelated to article creation, as this is really too early. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 18:57, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

I understand this is too early, and know about how it isn't ready for release, but I am not very creative when it comes to writing articles, and not a good coder either, this is my first attempt at something like this and could really use some help with writing and what to say. ~ 0crock 7:00, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

  "I'd like to swim in the ocean" – "I recommend slowly learning to swim in a less dangerous area." – "I understand it's too early for me to swim in the ocean. But this is my first attempt swimming in the ocean and I could use some help with it." Well... The best help I can offer is "Please don't do that yet" ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:05, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

Am I being mocked? I wanted to do something different than just doing small edits on random pages, and I'm being mocked for being stumped. Kind of childish. ~ 0crock 7:13, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

0crock, no, sorry, this was not meant to mock you. I have tried to provide an analogy that you'd likely agree with, as in many cases, such analogies help to understand the problem. And the problem, I'm afraid, is exactly "I don't want to swim in a small pool, give me the ocean NOW". ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:17, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

ToBeFree I do not want to be stuck making two-word edits on pages I found on "Random Article", instead I want to try something else that would probably reachable with another person working on it with me. ~ 0crock 7:20, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

This is completely reasonable and understandable, 0crock. And as my main concern is about notability of new topics, that concern could be alleviated at the same time: You may like to try expanding a short article about a topic that is clearly notable but lacks a good article yet. This can be done in a team by working on multiple sections in parallel. If you are multi-lingual, you can additionally provide help many others can't by using sources in languages other than English. Or if you are a good photographer, you can additionally provide help many others can't by illustrating the article. I'm relatively certain that you have skills that differentiate you from other editors, and if you notice them and find a way to use them, you've not only found a good learning experience, but even provided work that wouldn't have been done by anyone else for years. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:26, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

ToBeFree Is it possible to add a picture of my cat to something like images of tortoiseshell tabbys? ~ 0crock

Hmm – while the articles Tortoiseshell cat and Tabby cat are already well-illustrated (perhaps even over-illustrated in the former case), Wikimedia Commons always needs images, and other wikis than the English Wikipedia might currently lack images for the topic, providing a chance for adding one of yours. If the image is of very high quality, it may be discussable to replace an existing image by it, but for cat pictures, I'm afraid I personally would avoid having such a discussion with someone else who also loves their cat photo and wants to keep it in the article.
And now that a pet is mentioned... Please be careful when uploading photos; do not upload images that contain geolocation (EXIF tags etc) or that otherwise allow de-anonymization. Translation was a better example than photography; I just wanted to provide a second example, but the second example was not good. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 19:41, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

Thanks for blocking them - not sure if you know but this is an IP-hopping LTA. Bot-like replacement of links contrary to WP:NOTBROKEN, together with WP:OVERLINKing. Targets British political articles, Children's BBC programmes, Mr Bean. Has been blocked under numerous IP addresses. DuncanHill (talk) 21:52, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi DuncanHill, no problem, thanks for the report – yeah, I had probably even blocked the same person multiple times before, but I didn't have a blocked username/IP to point to with a sockpuppetry block reason, so I just blocked them for what they still do. 😅 ~ ToBeFree (talk) 22:02, 24 February 2021 (UTC)
That's cool. I don't know if there ever was a username, and they've been through so many IPs I doubt I could find the first one again! DuncanHill (talk) 22:12, 24 February 2021 (UTC)


I believe that you indefinitely blocked a user, Acullen2486, for persistently adding unsourced or poorly sourced content. They only made one edit. Has this person added unsourced material on a different account in the past? I, with a clearly superior 1 month and 5 days of editing and a lack of knowledge of what happened, think indefinitely blocking them didn't follow the policy of not biting newcomers. Essentially, I want to know why they were blocked. PrinceTortoise (talk) 22:58, 27 February 2021 (UTC)PrinceTortoise (talk) 22:46, 27 February 2021 (UTC)PrinceTortoise

Hi PrinceTortoise, the user has deliberately damaged the encyclopedia (vandalism) by inserting fake information about living people to Wikipedia articles, in Special:AbuseLog/28760853 and Special:Diff/1003214606, the former of which caused a warning to be displayed that was ignored. Such accounts are usually blocked without warning, indefinitely. Relevant policies are the biographies of living persons policy and the blocking policy, section "Disruption-only". The user can appeal the block at any time, and I usually grant unblock appeals from such users if some time has passed since the incident. Best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:48, 28 February 2021 (UTC)
That makes sense. Thanks for linking relevant policies. PrinceTortoise (talk) 01:12, 28 February 2021 (UTC)PrinceTortoise
No problem ~ ToBeFree (talk) 11:50, 28 February 2021 (UTC)

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Ajmer pushkar — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2401:4900:463E:9E1D:C457:D4E9:3B4E:DA09 (talk) 01:25, 1 March 2021 (UTC)

? ~ ToBeFree (talk) 01:53, 1 March 2021 (UTC)

Regarding this IP

Hello, IP (talk · contribs · WHOIS) triggered the filter while trying to edit this SPI and userpage of the master. I just wanted to let you know that they might be trying to evade the block. --Ashleyyoursmile! 05:39, 1 March 2021 (UTC)