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Girth Summit, email seen. I'll try to reply tonight or tomorrow. I've been very busy IRL and have fallen behind on my WP email. TonyBallioni (talk) 00:41, 11 September 2019 (UTC)
No problem, please get to it in your own time. There have been a couple of developments since I sent it, I'll send an update for you to consider. Thanks GirthSummit (blether) 08:03, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

UTRS 26666Edit


Could you please look at this UTRS appeal? You're the blocking administrator and I'd appreciate your opinion :)-- 5 albert square (talk) 18:52, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

5 albert square, replied in UTRS. TonyBallioni (talk) 00:40, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

New Page Review newsletter September-October 2019Edit

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User talk:Chris.sherlockEdit

You are involved in the case as you placed one of the blocks. You are in no position to be silencing the user's only avenue for comment, or protecting a fellow admin who has got herself into trouble in her responses to him. Please self-revert, or consider yourself reported. Orderinchaos 02:57, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

That’s not how WP:INVOLVED works. I reviewed the request, determined there was block evasion as a CheckUser, and blocked one of the socks as standard procedure in the unblock decline. I then brought his appeal to AN for community review. I’ve only ever acted as an uninvolved administrator, which was the capacity in which I hatted that discussion. I’m not going to edit war over this, but I’d encourage anyone else to restore the hatting. TonyBallioni (talk) 03:02, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
WP:CANVASS and WP:POINT, too. Great. Orderinchaos 03:16, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
I don’t think replying to you on my own talk page is canvassing. I consider that to be following WP:ADMINACCT. TonyBallioni (talk) 03:19, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

Awaiting SPIEdit

Hi, I realise that SPI has been backlogged of late but is there any reasonably way to get someone to move along things at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Arunkumarnaik? As I stated in my last comment there, Bishonen has put temporary protection on the article but, knowing the topic area as I do, I'm pretty sure there will be another assault on it when that expires. With that in mind, it would be handy to have a CU record for the current investigation. Do I need to find an active clerk? Is there a list or category somewhere? - Sitush (talk) 18:39, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

Replied there. When more show up, file again and I'll take a look. I'm busier these days than in the past, so on-wiki less, unfortunately, but I'll watchlist it and get around to it when I see it. TonyBallioni (talk) 23:12, 14 September 2019 (UTC)

UTRS 26658Edit


Would you be able to have a look at this appeal from Kiko4564 please?-- 5 albert square (talk) 20:59, 14 September 2019 (UTC)

Hi 5 albert square, I'm not familiar with Kiko and from what I recall last time it required a lot of behavioural knowledge in addition to the technical stuff. Berean Hunter might be able to help better than I could. TonyBallioni (talk) 23:09, 14 September 2019 (UTC)
Last time he had been impersonating another LTA and it hasn't been a year since. To me, it nullifies what he is saying in the new request and renders it insincere. He sang the same tune in the last UTRS before he was caught so it doesn't sound believable to me now...he was bald-faced lying while socking. I commented in the UTRS a couple of days ago. I not in favor of unblocking.
 — Berean Hunter (talk) 00:00, 15 September 2019 (UTC)
Thanks both.-- 5 albert square (talk) 00:31, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

Notice of ANI DiscussionEdit

  There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. The thread is User:KMeyer. OhKayeSierra (talk) 09:48, 17 September 2019 (UTC)


Now that I've seen this, I suspect you could do a pretty good job in that group yourself. Would you consider it? And I know we haven't interacted directly very many times, but I've seen your work. I think you'd be good at it. — Ched (talk) 03:55, 20 September 2019 (UTC)

Nah, I have reasons not to both IRL and on-wiki. But I'll go ahead and nominate @El C, Amakuru, Amorymeltzer, and Vanamonde93: each of them brings something different, but each of them are sysops who have my highest respect and who I would trust with private information. TonyBallioni (talk) 04:03, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
I told Tony the same thing a couple of days ago, and I told him the same thing...but for the record; I've seriously considered. However, one of the things that has frustrated me the most about ARBCOM (not just this iteration) is that when editors raise concerns with PDs and such, there is a certain lack of response (witness my comments here, still unanswered), a lot of which I put down to the committee being flooded with demands on its time and energy. I know for a fact that I cannot supply that level of commitment for several months of the year. I don't think it would be fair, even assuming I could get elected. Vanamonde (Talk) 04:16, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
Vanamonde93, While I do think we do need more ARBCOM members, I still remember TonyBallioni's action's on this page, User_talk:יניב_הורון#Block_Review and revoking TPA was I think way overboard. But yet again, someone was blocked for calling out antisemitism. Sounds eerily familiar to the ARBCOM case you're responding to and getting no response from ARBCOM, right? I point you to AE right now, where someone is now there trying to push a fringe viewpoint. When the Polish government puts up a plaque about a concentration camp, Warsaw_concentration_camp and the English language Wikipedia has an article about this hoax for years. We have a problem. It's infuriating so of course people will get upset and it drives people away and then the only people left editing are those pushing the false narrative. ARBCOM's ruling will do that. You're going to end up with a Wikipedia that distorts the Holocaust. And it's the same thing with antisemitism on Wikipedia. Sir Joseph (talk) 04:27, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
Not here. Please. Vanamonde (Talk) 04:47, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
As you well know, Yanniv wasn't blocked for "calling out antisemitism" but for falsely accusing other editors of anti-semitism and "vandalism". It was a good block. Volunteer Marek 04:33, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
Volunteer Marek, no, he was blocked for reverting the preposterous claim that Jews were able to come back after the Holocaust and simply go back to their homes without any trouble from the Poles. To say otherwise is indeed reverting history. Sir Joseph (talk) 04:39, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
No, he was not blocked for reverting any claim, he was blocked for using edit summaries which falsely accused other editors of anti-semitism and vandalism (as well as general aggressive behavior). This isn't that hard. The block explanation is pretty clear. And no, in that particular instance he was NOT reverting a "claim that Jews were able to come back after the Holocaust and simply go back to their homes without any trouble from the Poles" because nobody ever made such a clam. This is up there with the "the Polish government put up a plaque" nonsense. Volunteer Marek 04:44, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
The fact that you keep changing your story and can't make up your mind regarding whether he was blocked for "calling out anti-semitism" or for "reverting a claim" kind of shows that neither one is true. Volunteer Marek 04:46, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
Also, the claim that "the Polish government puts up a plaque about a concentration camp, Warsaw_concentration_camp" is also false. A private individual put it up. On private property. That's the frustrating thing here. Why do you have to embellish and exaggerate? Volunteer Marek 04:37, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Fair enough. Hmmm, that's not a bad selection at all. Now that I think about it, Amory is someone I haven't talked to in ages. IIRC, I was a co-nom for their RfA, but we kind of went our separate ways recently. The others I'd certainly look at though, and would likely support based on the little I've seen. Amakuru is likely the least known to me, which likely means they've kept a low profile - but I could be wrong since I was away for so long. Anyway - I do appreciate you responding Tony, TY. — Ched (talk) 04:23, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
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