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Singapore Management UniversityEdit

User had been adamant over a few days to restore advertisements in Singapore Management University page. Additionally user has removed the advertisement tag without solving the outstanding issues. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rongyao (talkcontribs) 11:38, February 28, 2019 (UTC)

Rongyao has been blocked for socking. --Emir of Wikipedia (talk) 16:03, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

Iridium CommunicationsEdit

Someone is apparently copypasting info from promotional material into the article.

Rossy Evelin LimaEdit

This article appears to have been created and constantly updated by the subject's spouse, Gerald A. Padilla.

Moriba JahEdit

The author of much of the article is clearly Moriba Jah. Twice under his username, and the bulk of the edits under two IP addresses associated with Austin, TX (where Jah resides), which have both only contributed to Jah's page (since 2009). The page itself has many unsourced anecdotes that are inconstant with a wikipedia biography.

More potentially suspicious articlesEdit

Batch ending 17 MayEdit

33% more than usual, probably because (1) I've added two search terms and (2) it is edit-a-thon season in the northern hemisphere. MER-C 17:45, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

Batch ending 1 JuneEdit

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180 Medical (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) ScrappyYapper (talk · contribs)
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InnovateMR (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Chatfielda (talk · contribs)
Inphi Corporation (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) 24Colours (talk · contribs)
IntegraXor SCADA (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Tinkerwiki (talk · contribs)
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Now with tables! (Also, did I accidentally ping everyone on the above list?) MER-C 11:38, 1 June 2019 (UTC)

Aren't these actually suspicious just by dint of appearing here to be examined? I.e. not potentially suspicious as the title says? Just pulling your leg! They are good candidates, I hope you keep listing. ☆ Bri (talk) 04:46, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

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Less than before despite adding new keywords. Be aware for evasion at NPP! MER-C 18:59, 14 June 2019 (UTC)

Imagination and othersEdit

User:Vysha appears to be a subject matter expert. However, they have made numerous edits that center on a few sources (example) that appear to be the work of a single author: [1], [2], [3], [4], [5]. I raised this issue at the editor's user talk page: [6]. However, they never replied, and subsequently continued to make similar edits: [7], [8]. --Tryptofish (talk) 23:05, 2 June 2019 (UTC)

@Tryptofish: it is a very valid concern; looking at the articles list above, the sources by a Andrey Vyshedsky seem to have been cited on multiple occasions. Even if these edits are improving the encyclopedia (not all of the sources being cited by Vysha are related to Vyshedsky), this smells like self promotion. SamHolt6 (talk) 23:28, 2 June 2019 (UTC)
Just noting: the user has reached out to me at my user talk, and I've pointed them to here. --Tryptofish (talk) 20:55, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
Dear Editors, Thank you for your note! I will review my edits and will make sure that they are as objective as possible and ideally do not reference my own research articles. Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vysha (talkcontribs) 13:25, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
@Vysha: Thank you. I hope that this will resolve the matter. I'm going to keep an eye on this, and give it approximately a week for everything to be fixed, but if there are remaining problems then, I will just go ahead and revert them myself. --Tryptofish (talk) 18:18, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
@Tryptofish:I have taken care of most salient issues: edited out my name from all articles, added more references, and deleted references to our own research as much as possible. I will do another run on this in July when teaching is over. Thank you for your help!
Sorry to jump in here, Vysha, but this sounds like you are promising to obfuscate and hide the fact the article is based on WP:OR. I haven't looked at the article at all, but this just sounds terrible. --SVTCobra (talk) 15:44, 12 June 2019 (UTC)
I've cleaned up all of the listed articles. --Tryptofish (talk) 23:20, 21 June 2019 (UTC)

SemtechEdit

I noticed some promotional and copyright violations made by single purpose accounts at Semtech and LoRa. LadyDuck06 failed to interact using talk pages and sometimes edit warred. Suddenly, their edits stop and a new single purpose account takes over. More eyes welcome. —PaleoNeonate – 01:05, 8 June 2019 (UTC)

@PaleoNeonate: Hi editor, is it a conflict of interest if these are factual additions to the aforementioned page (and backed by credible sources)? Please let me know, thanks.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Aidepikiw9102 (talkcontribs) 23:26, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

I never noticed the above message before, since it was unsigned, WP:PING did not work. In any case, I'm writing here as an update: editing has resumed at LoRa. —PaleoNeonate – 19:24, 14 June 2019 (UTC)

@Aidepikiw9102 and LadyDuck06: if you are working for a company to edit Wikipedia, there are clear policies about mandatory disclosure (please see WP:PAID for details). Policies also don't forbid, but strongly discourage editing related articles, but to instead propose changes at the article's talk page (WP:COI for more information). I am not the best person to help with COI, but this is a noticeboard where others can notice to help and/or apply sanctions if necessary. Thanks, —PaleoNeonate – 19:24, 14 June 2019 (UTC)

Sharyl AttkissonEdit

Outside of Wiki, Sharyl Attkisson has been attacking her article as being "attacked by agenda editors" and has created her own sanitized version on her website that deletes any negative coverage (namely, her promotion and endorsement of anti-vaccine promoters and theories, such as that there is a link to autism) and promotes positive coverage (journalistic awards). Her twitter is currently rife with attacks on her page's inclusion of this, as well as attacks on specific editors she dislikes:

She has launched a "Wikipedia Correction Project" and attracted interest from Rasmussen Reports, who are similarly upset their article is not a promotional piece. This is concerning.

On top of this, she has edited on the talk page or main page with the two accounts above on-and-off from anywhere from a few months to a few years, and has only recently revealed her identity. I suspect 130.85.199.137 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · filter log · WHOIS · RDNS · RBLs · http · block user · block log) is her as well, given it is a single-purpose account that has scrubbed negative content.

To put it bluntly, this is unacceptable behavior. She clearly wants to exercise control over her Wiki page, which is not what should happen. Given she only operates under IPs, there is no single account that can be banned, but some action needs to be taken. Toa Nidhiki05 01:52, 9 June 2019 (UTC)

"Some action must be taken." LOL Your own biases are showing. Fortunately, your desire to control what people say and do, and keep unfair/biased/incorrect info ON a Wikipedia page is limited to this tiny universe. You are unable to control what people say off of this platform. Sorry about that but #Reality #LossOfControl — Preceding unsigned comment added by 109.144.210.72 (talk) 23:12, 9 June 2019 (UTC)

My biases? What would those be? Toa Nidhiki05 23:27, 9 June 2019 (UTC)

Further note: Attkisson has mentioned this thread on her Twitter account. Worth noting. The response in this thread was made at around the same time as the tweet, so it is possible this IP is also Sharyl Attkisson. Toa Nidhiki05 01:08, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

  • Comment - we are supposed to strictly adhere to NPOV and as volunteers, make sure that "conflicted" editors do not directly edit their BLPs without scrutiny from uninvolved editors. I ask, where have we failed with regard to this BLP's article? Our PAGs tell us COI editors can make suggestions on the TP of the article, and if they directly edit something that is not acceptable, we can simply delete it and request discussion on the article TP. What in this particular instance has not been followed? Atsme Talk 📧 01:52, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
A few specific examples:
  • Including in the article this completely incited list of awards and honors that Attkisson requested be added; this section was added to the page without real question at the talk and more concerningly, was added without any citations. Many of the actually notable rewards are already mentioned throughout the article, leaving the need for this section dubious, but it also included non-notable honors like "team awards" at CBS and New York Times best-seller lists, as well as biased descriptions of her articles ("the dangers of certain prescription drugs and vaccines" and "Bush Administration's Bait-and-Switch on TARP"). This section should not have been included in its present form, if at all, which is why I removed it.
  • The use of various accounts and IPs, making it difficult to tell when it is her. Attkisson has used IP accounts to edit the article without immediately disclosing her COI, and also used User:Honeyplant to make major changes to the article that align perfectly with her complaints today (incorrect birthplace, puffery of her achievements, mention of awards, removal of vaccine coverage). She used this same account to rant about other editors on the article. Basically, she's been trying to influence this article for years.
I am concerned by her off-website attacks on Wiki and her page - I don't know if she can be trusted to operate in good faith here, given she is routinely attacking other editors (including myself, now) on her Twitter account (she has alleged the article is being edited by Big Pharma and claimed the vaccine industry could be making false edits) and personal blog, combined with her specific complaints with the article (not including all of her awards and including her coverage of vaccines and counter-opinions). This has been going on for years at this point. Toa Nidhiki05 02:10, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
I don't like those things either, but we aren't the Twitter police. R2 (bleep) 02:14, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
  • I don't understand the point of this discussion. Sharyl Attkisson has been totally up-front about her identity and has repeatedly said that she will not edit her own article. She has limited her contribution to making self-serving but fairly civil comments on the article talk page. As far as I can tell she's adhering to COI best practices. I don't see what the problem is or what good will come from reporting her here. R2 (bleep) 02:13, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
  • This is an ongoing issue; if you look at previous discussions several years back, she has accused other editors of libel. Her editing is disclosed now at least, and I have added links to all of the accounts I could find that she has used. Toa Nidhiki05 02:21, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
Yes it's clear she was involved in a lot of conflict back in 2012. How that makes this an "ongoing issue" I have no idea. R2 (bleep) 02:40, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
One more not clear what Toa is asking for. Ms Attkisson is allowed to be unhappy with what we have written on our article about her, even on Twitter. She is allowed to ask us to change it. She is allowed to say things that make her look good. It is, after all an article about her. She would have to be a saint to remain perfectly neutral given that. Sure, we would prefer that she be a saint, but all that we can require is that she not edit her own article, which she seems to be complying with. That's all that we require. Now we have to, politely, listen to what she is saying, and, politely, add the statements that meet our policies, and not add the statement that do not meet our policies. That's the similar requirement of us. It's not trivial, admitted, it is a lot easier to edit an article that doesn't have the article subject complaining about it. But it is what we have to do, we can't stop her complaining, complaining is allowed. Toa, if you don't think you can edit the article given that, please don't edit the article. There are a number of other editors that think they can. --GRuban (talk) 19:23, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
It’s an ongoing pattern of behavior over multiple years that concerns me. Specifically, I think it may be worth it to indefinitely semi-protect the article, as Attkisson has used numerous IPs since 2012 to make major changes to the article without disclosure and other IPs have made edits that go the other way and make claims or attacks that violate BLP. This would not impact her ability to comment on the talk, nor her ability to create an account or use her existing one (User:Honeyplant), but it would remove one avenue she has used to try and influence the page without disclosure.
I am also specifically concerned as well with her ability to operate in good faith given her history on the page and attacks on editors who disagree with her (granted some of them were off-wiki). These have risen to claim of libel as well as claims that the page has been hijacked by Big Pharma. While she is more cordial on the page now, she has been less accepting off-wiki and I think that is worth noting. Toa Nidhiki05 19:32, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
The last IP edit to the article was on May 31. It was pretty biased, and survived for approximately one minute. If we start getting regular biased IP edits, yes, we should semi-protect the article, but since we haven't had any for a week and a half, I think we don't need to semi-protect quite yet, and certainly not indefinitely. There is something to be said for being the encyclopedia that anyone can edit, and not having semi-protection be the default. --GRuban (talk) 19:45, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
That edit almost definitely wasn't her anyway. Different geolocation, and inconsistent with her recent pattern. I think Toa's proposal is a solution in search of a problem. As best as I can tell there literally hasn't been a substantial COI problem since 2012. R2 (bleep) 22:57, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
Tao it's time for you to recuse yourself. Neutral is the most important word here. You clearly aren't. The subject's page should represent the subject's career, in its entirety. Nothing more, nothing less. CleoDulane (CleoDulane) 05:17, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

Additional from Sharyl Attkisson, who has now published a blog accusing Wikipedia editors of being “Pharma Industry Agenda Editors” and “vaccine industry agenda editors”, saying the page contains “false and defamatory content”, and accusing Wikipedia of slander and censorship. This verges on a legal threat, something Attkisson has gotten in trouble for before. In fact, her IP was even blocked for making legal threats. The fact she is saying this off-wiki does not exempt her from the policy against personal attacks and/or harassment. Given her extensive history of ownership, undisclosed COI editing, personal attacks, and legal threats, I think a topic ban of all of Sharyl Attkisson’s accounts for all content related to Sharyl Attkisson, broadly construed, might be an appropriate sanction; her continued insistence on legal threats in concerning and she clearly has not learned her lesson on that front. Toa Nidhiki05 17:26, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

(edit conflict)OK, that is probably a blockworthy offense. So which active account(s) is positively identifiable as Sharyl Attkinsson so it can be blocked? @Toa Nidhiki05:, it is very unclear to me what you want. Do you want the WMF to file a defamation lawsuit? Or send a cease-and-desist letter? These aren't viable options. As far as I know, she hasn't encouraged her supporters to mass-edit the article only to submit stuff to her own website. Should we have more editors add the article to their watch page to guard against such an attack if it happens anyway? It might not be a bad idea. But what actual action is it you are seeking through this discussion? Cheers, --SVTCobra (talk) 17:54, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
  • 173.66.57.46 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · filter log · WHOIS · RDNS · RBLs · http · block user · block log) is the most recent account she has used, as of a few weeks ago, so that would be the one to block. She tends to hop around across IP accounts, with the exception of User:Honeyplant, which is inactive and only had a few edits; this is what makes it difficult to identify which accounts are her, historically. There are a total of four accounts (including this on) on Talk:Sharyl Attkisson that I have positively identified, with confirmed diffs (she usually self-identifies after making an initial edit to the page).
  • Obviously no legal action should be taken, but blocking her most recent IP and considering a topic ban either now or in the event of future legal threats is worth looking at. She’s been trying to influence this article on and off since 2012, and I don’t think she plans to stop any time soon. Her concerns are remarkably consistent as well: namely, increasing the number of awards listed and removing all coverage of her vaccine reporting.
  • As for anything else, adding to the watchlist is definitely a good idea, along with perhaps Rasmussen Reports (which is making similar claims on Twitter and is working with Attkisson on the Wikipedia Correction Project). Toa Nidhiki05 18:03, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
  • A fifth account that I suspect she used; it links to her employer at the time, uses similar language (including a fixation on “Dr. Offit”, Pharma industry, was also blocked for legal threats. This account was blocked indefinitely on September 2, 2012; another was blocked on September 25, 2012 for legal threats as well. So this would be, presumably, her third block for legal threats.
The 173.66.57.46 IP does resolve to be near her reported residence. Is that conclusive proof, however? Also, as you say, she probably is on a dynamic IP so is there a point to blocking it? I doubt anyone would agree to range block an entire ISP or geographical region for an issue as small as this. I think Wikipedia is robust enough to swat the flies as they come. If dragons start swooping in, then I'll grow concerned. Cheers, --SVTCobra (talk) 18:34, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
Understandable. Just wanted to bring this to awareness here. The account has actively identified as her, however. Toa Nidhiki05 18:39, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
Update: she has returned with a new IP, but has unfortunately accused the page and me specifically of libel. She has previously been blocked twice for legal threats. Toa Nidhiki05 15:56, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

Elaine ChaoEdit

The Elaine Chao article has an endemic problem with COI accounts adding poorly sourced flattering content about her and removing reliably sourced content. I cleaned the article up last year (the article was just one big promotional piece). In recent days and weeks, IP accounts and newly created accounts have sought to remove reliably sourced content, and add bad content. See, for example, this edit[9] by DoveBar which is basically the same copy-pasta text that got a number of COI accounts blocked in October 2018[10]. The account Megrei is also very likely a COI account: the account has only edited the pages of Elaine Chao and her mother Ruth Mulan Chu Chao. Snooganssnoogans (talk) 15:01, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

From the October discussion you pointed to this looks more like a potential socking issue than a COI issue (though it might be both). Pinging Alex Shih, who did the blocking last time. R2 (bleep) 16:35, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
The account AndyBean89 also looks like a COI account. Snooganssnoogans (talk) 01:49, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
If not COI, they are definitely WP:SPA. They show remarkable proficiency with wiki markup from their very first edit. --SVTCobra (talk) 02:12, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
Disgraced ex-admin Alex Shih is retired and so will probably not be of much help, FYI. 199.19.250.74 (talk) 06:36, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
Adding accounts that have also edited exclusively on Elaine Chao and one with a couple of additional edits on James S. C. Chao, her father's article. All started editing end of November/beginning of December 2017. I just looked up the contribs of some of the red accounts. More red accounts were added in 2018, also exclusive Elaine Chao editors. Space4Time3Continuum2x (talk) 14:24, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

From 19:26, 15 May 2018 (UTC), to 20:05, 15 May 2018 (UTC), two accounts that had made a few edits in late 2017 (Farleyfoo and Megrei) and lain dormant since then and an account that had never posted before (Beaniacs) added massive amounts of text with a few minor corrections here and there but otherwise perfect Wiki markup. In the process, Beaniacs moved a paragraph critical of Chao from the vastly expanded US Secretary of Transportation (2011-2017) into the Personal/Chao family section, in effect hiding it from view for anybody looking for info on her term in office (1, 2. Next day at 13:32 Megrei added a link to another FAA web page. There were one or two non-primary sources, the rest were press releases or other government publications. Some of the added material was copied with occasional minor changes from DoT press releases.

See also Talk:Elaine_Chao#This_article_has_serious_COI_problems (TLDR: It seems worth to either check all edits of these SPAs for deceptive edit summaries and citations that don't actually support the statement they are cited for, or to preemptively revert them until such vetting has been done). Regards, HaeB (talk) 03:22, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

I can't remember where I first noticed this, could have been this very post. Anyway, I opened (and closed) Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Mmacvs. Checkuser results were inconclusive, but the behavioral evidence and odd coincidences made it pretty clear this is either a sock farm or coordinated meatpuppets, so they're all blocked let. Let me know if I you find more. Someguy1221 (talk) 05:03, 12 June 2019 (UTC)
Please let me know if this continues beyond today, and I will slap the article with indefinite ECP as a discretionary sanction. MER-C 14:54, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

University of CambodiaEdit

Article was excessively detailed and promotional. Much has been trimmed, but there is still too much. COI issues have been raised repeatedly with User:TravisM416, but they have failed to address them. Now we have a brand new editor, User:Kramarquez removing templates, and in an edit summary stating "Reviewed the talk page and saw the previous versions of the page. I agreed with everyone that it was too detailed. The latest version looks much better and thus the tags aren't needed anymore"; and on my talkpage "COI issues? I have none??". TravisM416 has a clear COI, and Kramarquez is likely an alternate account. Edwardx (talk) 13:32, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

Why would I have an alternate account? I have always made all my edits public under my username. I have no idea who the other account is. I also do not have a conflict of interest which is why I did not respond to the question as it didn’t relate to the situation. I’m trying to clean up this article and have the text be appropriate. I’ve deleted over half of it and would honestly like it to be done, so can you kindly point to the paragraph that is giving you trouble? Instead of just saying it’s excessive, I would greatly appreciate something concrete. Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by TravisM416 (talkcontribs) 02:40, 12 June 2019 (UTC)
Sorry, TravisM416, but I do not believe you. Since you first edited Wikipedia in June 2016, all of your editing has been to this article, its founder Kao Kim Hourn, or to add University of Cambodia content to other articles. You are employed by the University of Cambodia, are you not? You have an obvious conflict of interest. Edwardx (talk) 10:01, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

Edwardx Hi, sorry you dont believe me. I volunteer my time for them, but I have not received compensation. I have no obligation to do this, thus I do not have a conflict of interest. — Preceding unsigned comment added by TravisM416 (talkcontribs) 10:40, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

Thank you, TravisM416. Are you saying that you receive no compensation for any work you do for the University of Cambodia? Could you clarify this please. Edwardx (talk) 19:41, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

Edwardx Hi, that is correct. I do not receive compensation and I updated my profile (I think?) to reflect that I volunteer. I don't want to break any COI rules or mislead the public in any way. Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by TravisM416 (talkcontribs) 01:38, 13 June 2019 (UTC)

I've blocked both accounts for likely sock puppetry and undisclosed paid editing. NinjaRobotPirate (talk) 14:31, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Legacy Christian AcademyEdit

This user has been warned before about their unsourced and promotional edits. This user did not listen and continues to make COPYVIO edits that are extremely promotional and 100% violated. No edit is sourced either. See [11] for a recent copy violation. AmericanAir88(talk) 18:41, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

Might not be a bad idea to semi-protect it for a while. IP editor(s) also added text that was revdel'd. --Drm310 🍁 (talk) 19:44, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
I think a NOTHERE block or a short term block for disruption is in order for Number1Knight as I just reverted for adding unsourced information again. I'd report it at AIV but depending on who's riding that tonight, it's likely to be declined as it isn't vandalism. John from Idegon (talk) 01:51, 14 June 2019 (UTC)

Albright Stonebridge Group (II)Edit

+9 years of continued COI editing, likely UPE and a good deal of sockpuppetry. --MarioGom (talk) 21:49, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

SPI filed too. --MarioGom (talk) 22:08, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
Likely connected back to Usg (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) (20:33, 17 December 2006 - 15:59, 5 June 2014). --MarioGom (talk) 21:01, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

United LearningEdit

The already-deleted User:Unitogate was a shameless ad for a United-Learning-affiliated school. Just about all this account's edits are either to United Learning or to member schools of this privatization scheme. Orange Mike | Talk 18:01, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

CatalentEdit

More eyes on Catalent, please. The history section is becoming a steady stream of blow-by-blow construction contracts, incremental financing arrangements, partnerships and acquisitions [12][13][14]. I do wish there were a solid guideline on how and when this kind of reporting about businesses belongs in articles. In any case, the sources look like churnalism to me, but I am running out of patience with this one to deal with it. ☆ Bri (talk) 17:03, 14 June 2019 (UTC)

@Bri: I'm looking at the page, and I'm not seeing any claim to notability here after removing all of the acquisition fluff - the entire article is just a company history without saying what they do or why they're worth a page. The sources are all press releases, news coverage about the company acquiring something, or the company website. Also, the original article was a (disclosed) paid edit, which is a very negative thing in my book. I'm thinking AfD, but wanted to bring this up here first in case you disagree and think the article is salvageable. creffett (talk) 18:01, 14 June 2019 (UTC)
I was thinking there was a rule-of-thumb that billion dollar companies are notable. We also are looking at a publicly-traded company, which is not automatic notability, but the NCORP guideline addresses this as "probably notable". I would certainly not oppose a WP:TNT proposal. ☆ Bri (talk) 18:07, 14 June 2019 (UTC)
Fair enough. For now, I'll put a notability warning template on it and take a scalpel (make that a hacksaw) to the company history. creffett (talk) 18:17, 14 June 2019 (UTC)

Studio DriftEdit

Ralph Nauta, (apparently) one of the founders of Studio Drift, edits the article directly after COI warning placed on his talk page. --Bbarmadillo (talk) 08:03, 15 June 2019 (UTC)

The history of the article is a little muddled. Is this a previously deleted article? And did Ralph Nauta compose the original article as well as the entire draft which you then recovered? --SVTCobra (talk) 11:49, 15 June 2019 (UTC)
@SVTCobra: the draft was declined 5 times in this version, but the subject looked notable to me so I reworked it based on Google News press mentions as part of WP:ABANDON. I also placed a COI template at the article's talk page and at the above mentioned user page beforehand, assuming an apparent conflict of interest. I don't think it was deleted before. It looks like Ralph Nauta always worked on the draft and couldn't get it approved. -- Bbarmadillo (talk) 12:13, 15 June 2019 (UTC)

George PellEdit

Article has been deleted, closing. (non-admin closure) BubbaJoe123456 (talk) 18:02, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
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Global Access PointEdit

This article deserves a look: Global Access Point. Had two single-purpose accounts (probably undisclosed-paid) write most of this, no sources, may not even meet GNG. Does someone want to clean up or CSD/nominate for deletion? ɱ (talk) 17:38, 15 June 2019 (UTC)

I am guessing you mean two of these three (or maybe you didn't notice the third:
However, none of them have edited in three years, so the COI issue isn't pressing. Deletion for notability is probably the route to go. --SVTCobra (talk) 17:55, 15 June 2019 (UTC)
How quick we catch it shouldn't matter. They're probably undisclosed paid editors, likely sockpuppets, SPAs. The article and Union Station article have had promo content added due to undisclosed paid editing. ɱ (talk) 18:18, 15 June 2019 (UTC)
@Bbb23: As well, I see nothing in the article that "credibly indicate[s] the importance or significance of the subject". ɱ (talk) 18:21, 15 June 2019 (UTC)

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Ongoing reference spam for a book "Pathway of the Birds"Edit

If you search - within Wikipedia - for "Pathway of the Birds", you'll see multiple recent references to a single book: "Crowe, Andrew (2018). Pathway of the Birds: The Voyaging Achievements of Māori and their Polynesian Ancestors". All of these references were added - within the last few months - by IPs beginning with "118.93" (in New Zealand). There's clearly some sort of COI going on here, but, despite several requests on the IPs' talk pages, the editor(s) have not explained themselves.

I have reverted several of the most blatant reference spams - e.g., [15], [16], [17], [18]. However, I left several references to this book 'as is', because they appear to add useful information, and - if not for the apparent COI - appear to be legitimate references; e.g., [19], [20], [21], [22], [23].

I'm wondering what we should do about this. On the one hand, some of the references do indeed seem to be useful. On the other hand, the integrity of this encyclopedia is being compromised by this blatant spamming, and the clear, though unexplained COI. Should we be removing all references to this book - or only the most blatant examples of 'reference spam'? Ross Finlayson (talk) 19:49, 15 June 2019 (UTC)

Other than the fact that the edits can be traced to Vodafone New Zealand, a major NZ ISP, (hardly surprising for a NZ publication on a NZ subject, added to articles about NZ and NZ-regional topics), what is your evidence for asserting a COI? Your edit summaries refer to it being "your [the anon editor's] book"; please explain this assumption. In this edit, for example, you removed the fact that the Kapingamarangi language is related to Maori. How does that help the encyclopedia, and its readers? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 21:03, 15 June 2019 (UTC)
One would rather expect a book about New Zealand, written by a New Zealander, and published in New Zealand, to be most commonly read, and referred to by, editors in New Zealand. DuncanHill (talk) 21:08, 15 June 2019 (UTC)
Rsfinlayson, when I get a new reference from the library for an article I'm working on, it isn't uncommon for me to see if there are other articles that would benefit from that source. It could be completely innocent that this book is being used as a reference on multiple articles in a very short period. If the sourcing is helpful, it's not spam. If it's being shoehorned into barely-related articles, that would be a problem. --valereee (talk) 21:13, 15 June 2019 (UTC)
One would have to be extremely naive to assume that adding the same reference to dozens of different articles (sometimes more than once) is "completely innocent". Ross Finlayson (talk) 21:22, 15 June 2019 (UTC)
Shouldn't an important question be whether Andrew Crowe is a credible expert on the subject? All his other books seem to be about birds, insects and edible plants. --SVTCobra (talk) 21:35, 15 June 2019 (UTC)
Slightly off-topic for COIN, but I agree with SVTCobra's comment. Crowe's bio can be seen here: childrens books, popular science, travel and nature books. No mention of academic or professional scientific credentials. This aspect should be clarified, before such sources are used for scientific facts about migration, archaeology and other complex topics. And I doubt, that the systematic addition in several dozens articles is coincidence. A COI is atleast likely. GermanJoe (talk) 21:45, 15 June 2019 (UTC)
I've gone through the book. Crowe's a good popular science writer, and it's an excellent summary of recent research into Polynesian voyaging. It's blurbed by the main names in the field. There hasn't been an overview of the field like this published for many years. The content is relevant to numerous articles, and I was going to go through it myself and do something like this; glad to see someone's doing it for me. It's perfectly possible that someone's just bought a copy of the book and is going through it methodically. To me it's irrelevant who's adding the content, me or an anonymous IP. All that matters is whether it's directly relevant to the article and improving the encyclopedia; perhaps we should look at the edits on a case-by-case basis and see whether they're improving each article. What Rsfinlayson calls a "blatant reference spam" ([24]), for example, is actually laudable: replacing a general fact taken from a Fodors travel guide with more specific information from a well-researched book. Why would we revert that? —Giantflightlessbirds (talk) 22:03, 15 June 2019 (UTC)
Blurbs are usually just brief endorsements. Even from prominent names, they are usually not thorough in-depth reviews and shouldn't be treated as such. But to clarify my stance a bit more: Crowe could occasionally be used by uninvolved editors as source for uncontroversial common information ("bird X lives in Y" or similar details, that any knowledgeable lay author could provide). Uninvolved editors are welcome to add or keep such a reference on a case by case base, agree. But he should not be used for complex scientific information (historical research, archaeology, linguistics, and similar topics). As far as I know - please correct me if I am wrong - he has no scholarly or professional scientific expertise in these topics. Where he faithfully summarizes existing scholarly literature, these scholarly sources should be used as sources instead. GermanJoe (talk) 14:45, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
There's no reason why Andrew Crowe has to be any sort of expert on the subject, he can still meet WP:RS despite. This is a trade called "journalism", for one thing, the ability to take information from other expert sources and to report it accurately, without also needing to become equally expert. Andy Dingley (talk) 11:21, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Remember when we thought adding references to articles was a good thing? Gamaliel (talk) 15:17, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
Agreed. I'm appalled by blocks and treatment like this Special:Contributions/118.93.145.132 (and came here to raise it). Comments like "rmv - book spam, scientific content based on speculating non-expert source". Sorry @GermanJoe:, but had you even read the book, or studied the bona fides of Andrew Crowe before you wrote it off as non-expert speculation? Andy Dingley (talk) 16:07, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
No, I didn't read his books. Yes, I carefully read his bios and other credentials (as far as they are available online). In fact, I was the one who linked the information to his credentials in this discussion (see above). Maybe read the entire thread, before posting borderline-insulting personal allegations. Aside from personal opinion, I haven't seen a single piece of verifiable evidence that this author is a topic expert for complex scientific information. Reliability is not a matter of good faith or of like vs. dislike, but of verifiable evidence. What's really troubling in this case are regular, respected editors defending systematic book spam (several dozen edits in quick succession by multiple dynamic IPs) with a negligent laissez-faire approach. Any form of advertisement is not only against Wikipedia's fundamental principles, but also undermines the project's credibility as trustworthy source of information. GermanJoe (talk) 16:33, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
If you're going to start throwing divine policy at us, I think you need to start with AGF. Also it would be good for you to remember that this is an encyclopedia, not a training school for hall monitors. Andy Dingley (talk) 16:47, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
Although I increasingly wonder if I might just be wrong on that last one. Andy Dingley (talk) 16:48, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
@Rsfinlayson: Thank you for pointing out this problem. I have cleaned up a few more problematic instances, but kept ca. 20 added references for this book intact (where uncontroversial information was covered or the reference might be useful to look for better sources). I don't dislike the author or his book, but popular science publications without evidence of scholarly expertise should not be used for complex scientific theories and analysis. Of course any good-faith editor is welcome to disagree or discuss specific cases to find the best solution. GermanJoe (talk) 17:22, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
I find it a bit strange that this has gone from a suspected COI case – still without any hard evidence that the author or publisher is involved – to an attack on the accuracy of a secondary source that none of the attackers has even read. I haven't read the whole thing, and my expertise is NZ palaeontology not archaeology, but what I saw looked fine. The book's been well-reviewed in the Listener and the Weekend Herald and has the OK from experts in Pacific archaeology like Pat Kirch and Lisa Matisoo-Smith, and that's good enough for me. It's perfectly appropriate to reference it extensively in Wikipedia, the same way I'd cite books by science journalists like Carl Zimmer and Ed Yong; Carl Zimmer's book Parasite Rex is cited extensively in Wikipedia; and you wouldn't replace all those refs with links to the primary literature, as Wikipedia is supposed to be summarising secondary sources. So can people stop attacking the work of a writer they've never read, and concentrate on determining whether this is case of excessive self-promotion by the writer or his publisher? —Giantflightlessbirds (talk) 21:40, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
Here's an example: GermanJoe removed information about long-tailed cuckoo migration being used by the ancestors of Māori to find NZ (the standard view, by the way, in the scientific literature on Polynesian migration) as rmv - speculation based on non-expert source. How does he know it's speculation? How does he know Crowe, who has apparently been researching this book for 15 years, is not an expert? How does he know the book is not WP:RELIABLE? He's never even seen it. I undid the reversion and added another reference to back it up; I could have added half a dozen. —Giantflightlessbirds (talk) 22:05, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
But GermanJoe is a logged-in account, therefore considered to be omniscient unless proven otherwise. The refs were added by an IP editor, so are treated badly, as a matter of course. Andy Dingley (talk) 22:28, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
Based on the diffs presented above, I think it is the same editor adding the references due to the precisely identical way of filling in the citation template. The url is always pointing to Goodreads (not Google books or other) and the Auckland location of publication is always included (a parameter which is often skipped). Does that make for COI? It could easily just be someone reading the book and cross-referencing with Wikipedia. --SVTCobra (talk) 22:45, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
The user reporting this supposed conflict of interest is ideologically opposed to anonymous editing(see e.g. [25]) That, rather than any actual evidence, seems to be informing their approach here.146.198.193.63 (talk) 09:03, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Well I'm not the reporter but I'm "ideologically opposed to anonymous editing", if by "anonymous" you mean IP editing without accounts (which is actually quite a different thing). But in the meantime, such IP editing is permitted, and so it's quite wrong to judge any contributions on that basis, and I try hard not to. Andy Dingley (talk) 15:03, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
I know you are. You've undone edits of mine in the past for no reason other than their being from an IP address. This is thus pure hypocrisy. If you're ideologically opposed to people without accounts, you and the reporting user should not be wasting your time at an encyclopaedia that does not require registration to contribute; it will only make you unhappy and leads to timewasting like this report, and like your undoing of productive edits for no reason. 146.198.193.63 (talk) 20:22, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
If you're going to accuse other editors of being hypocrites, then post diffs. And ideally in a thread somewhere else, it doesn't belong here. Andy Dingley (talk) 10:27, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
  • No clear evidence of a COI has been presented and, in any case, wholesale removal of suspected COI contributions is not the appropriate response. Repeating the edit summary "Please stop spamming your book (across multiple Wikipedia articles, by multiple (though related) anonymous IP addresses). You clearly have a conflict of interest here; you need to report it" in this context shows an unacceptable lack of AGF. –dlthewave 12:22, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Comment: this approach seems like a very effective way to reject new users' useful contributions and put them off improving Wikipedia permanently. There are many reason John Cummings (talk) 11:15, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Comment: As the author of Pathway of the Birds, I have just stumbled across this page. Wow! I had no idea all this was going on. Many of these contributions could indeed be from me, but I have contributed much other material to Wikimedia for which I quote other references. The book is a peer-reviewed summary that took 15 years to research and write and is endorsed with a Foreword from Pacific expert Patrick V. Kirch (Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley) as a 'scholarly synthesis'. From Wikipedia's guidelines I understood that using material I have written or published is OK if it is relevant, but that it should not be excessive. It pains me to learn that so much time spent on improving the quality of information available on this subject is being treated as mere 'reference spam' and being deleted. Surely any test for 'disruptive editing' should hinge on whether information is being added gratuitously - ie without making any material improvement to the encyclopedia. That is the test I apply to myself.118.93.22.58 (talk) 01:03, 19 June 2019 (UTC)
118.93.22.58, thank you for responding to the discussion. Wikipedia's guidance tries to balance achieving a neutral point of view and not discouraging editors. As you wrote, the Citing yourself guidance allows using material you have written or published if it is relevant, however "adding numerous references to work published by yourself and none by other researchers is considered to be a form of spamming". I looked at the larger edits of one of the IP accounts mentioned earlier and saw over twenty references to "Pathway of the Birds" and none to other works, so it not surprising that some editors thought it looked like spamming, even though that was not your intention. The guidance on citing yourself is part of Conflict of interest guidance, which recommends that all conflicts of interest should be disclosed. I think that this discussion shows that is better to disclose any conflict of interest in advance, than leave it to the reader to speculate.TSventon (talk) 10:54, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
Thanks TSventon for taking the trouble to explain. Hopefully others will take up the challenge of improving Pacific coverage. For most entries, the history starts and ends with the arrival of a European, and, if Polynesians are mentioned at all, it is in connection with an early carbon date that has long since been discounted for sound technical reasons. That said, I am more than happy to give my corrections a break for now. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 118.93.129.228 (talk) 07:39, 23 June 2019 (UTC)
118.93.129.228 Thanks for encouraging me to read some more Polynesian Wikipedia articles. I forgot to mention the best way of avoiding reference spamming, which is to reference your peers' work as well as your own.TSventon (talk) 11:01, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

Possible UPE caseEdit

Till date the user had been repeatedly recreating pages about not-so-notable bengalis, I posted a UPE notice, he replied its for his personal interest,he's not being paid. But the new bio-page created now doesn't follow the trend of bengalis, and I suspect false UPE declaration. Daiyusha (talk) 09:20, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

I cannot speak to the deleted pages, but of all the ones that are still up, the common thread seems to be cinema from the sub-continent, not just Bengalis. For a relative newcomer to create pages for actors of whom they are a fan and feel deserve a Wikipedia article is quite normal. I feel the suggestion that it is WP:PAID or WP:COI is unwarranted. Is there any reason this can't be handled through the normal channels of nominating for deletion on notability grounds when applicable? If previously deleted pages are recreated over and over again, it is disruptive editing and should be punished according to those guidelines. --SVTCobra (talk) 13:10, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
@SVTCobra: I would argue that it spans outside cinema, and its unlikely that a single person would be a fan of an upcoming director in kolkata(sandip pal), a very remote actress from mumbai highly unlikely to have fans at this stage of her career(Kate Sharma), a celebrity dermatologist(supratim paul). Amrita chattopadhyay is the only one with credible claim of significance. IMO these are the kinds of people who pay to get their articles written. Heck, even I would do the same if I were in their place. Daiyusha (talk) 14:21, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
I am not an Admin, so I can't see the deleted Sandip Pal article, but are you sure it wasn't about the film director from Kolkata? As far as Dr. Supratim Paul is concerned, he seems to get a lot of press in India for his work according to his Instagram in Bollywood. Kate Sharma is verified on Instagram with over 400 thousand followers. I am sure she has fans that are willing to steal a photo from her Instagram and create a Wikipedia page for her. She's been the star of a TV show even if her film career is not yet a reality. I am not saying she is notable, just that I don't see evidence for COI or PAID. Also, what are the deleted pages which were supposedly recreated? I haven't seen any. And who would pay someone who is unskilled at editing Wikipedia without delivering a polished product? If it was a source of income, I doubt a person would limit themselves to a few edits a day on only a few days a week (with the exception of April 23). Cheers, --SVTCobra (talk) 14:53, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
Sandip Pal was about a journalist turned film director from Kolkata. NinjaRobotPirate (talk) 22:02, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
My bad, it was about the director. Its just that there is no correlation between the people who have articles written about, they are too remote to have fans enough to write articles, and too varied to have a common fan. Daiyusha (talk) 13:49, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
You keep saying that, but all of them seem to be quite popular. They all seem to have achieved a level of success which isn't going to be helped by having a Wikipedia article about them. You also say they are not connected to each other in any way. So ask yourself, which is the more likely scenario: All of these unconnected people somehow contacted the same editor and offered to pay them for creating articles? Or: Some random film fan thought these people deserved Wikipedia articles? --SVTCobra (talk) 16:46, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
We would need a 3rd person to comment on this with his views, both of us have stated our opinions. That said, I've reported users before as being a case of UPE and quite a few of them turned out to either be socks or some other editor found webpages linking the reported person to a "digital marketing agency". That experience makes me biased towards similar users being guilty. 09:05, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

Open Knowledge FoundationEdit

Employees of Open Knowledge Foundation are editing the article of OKF and its CEO. Both in office hours and apparently coordinated, so I think this should be considered paid editing and not just conflict of interest. Edits are generally minor and useful, although today one started to enter the field of puffery ([26]). Both have ignored previous warnings on their talk pages. MarioGom (talk) 19:22, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Yes, I agree, the two linked accounts do appear to have direct links to the article (and thus the CEO). I hope they can be dissuaded from direct editing and only contributing to talk pages.--SVTCobra (talk) 23:36, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Keven McDonaldEdit

Kmacjdwiki (talk · contribs) has identified himself as the subject of the article on Keven McDonald, which he has been editing extensively to add unsourced self-promotion; this appears to be the user's only purpose here. He seems to have become quite belligerent (see previous diff) after SportsGuy789 attempted to revert some of these unproductive changes. – Juliancolton | Talk 15:27, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Has anyone attempted to engage the user in a constructive manner and explain policies? All I see is warning notices being plastered on his talk page. --SVTCobra (talk) 16:04, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
OK, so I given the user the Wikipedia:Notable person survival kit essay with the hopes of reaching an understanding. --SVTCobra (talk) 16:15, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
@SVTCobra: Thank you. As to your first question, the user did receive some helpful, non-templated advice in this thread. – Juliancolton | Talk 16:50, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Hello, I'm Keven McDonald. I've been instructed by "SportsGuy789" to refrain from further editing of the page of which I am the subject until I join the conversation on this page. What would you like to discuss?

Kmacjdwiki (talk) 21:21, 18 June 2019 (UTC)Keven McDonald

All – I will clarify the exact issues with the edits on the Keven McDonald talk page , but not right now. It's a plethora of things and will take a while to put together, which is why I haven't yet done so. SportsGuy789 (talk) 23:37, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Note – SportsGuy789 has completed his detailed breakdown and it can be read here. --SVTCobra (talk) 09:03, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

SherdilEdit

User persistently editing an article about a film in which he is the self declared and promoted producer. After two strange deletion edits, he self identifies here , an edit which is immediately reverted by a bot. Following further edits, reverted by several different editors, WikiDan61 posts a COI template advisory on his talk page.The user continues to edit the article but is blocked for 48 hours for adding unsourced material here . NOMAAN KHAN 2K3 continues editing despite further warnings as here . He also queries his COI on my talk page here and here and receives guidance in both cases. This editor seems unable to understand the concept of COI or to take any actions in response to the notices served. Velella  Velella Talk   16:04, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

I issued a strongly worded warning, but yes, there seems to be a significant language barrier, which I wouldn't expect if we were dealing with the actual Nomaan Khan. I would say any further editing of the article would warrant administrative action against the user. --SVTCobra (talk) 20:03, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

Virginia Wesleyan UniversityEdit

Earlier today, this editor uploaded a photo to Commons that appears to be an official photo of the president of this university. The editor also claimed to own or control the copyright of the photo. Hence it is reasonable to conclude that he or she at least has a conflict of interest if not a closer relationship with the university. But he or she has not replied to messages left on his or her User Talk page and continues to edit the university's article (and the article of its president. ElKevbo (talk) 16:15, 20 June 2019 (UTC)

I see the user is very familiar with Wiki markup on their first day of editing. --SVTCobra (talk) 16:31, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
Interestingly enough, it is not the official portrait used on the VWU site, but clearly from the same photo session. --SVTCobra (talk) 19:11, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
I have blocked for not complying with WP:PAID. 331dot (talk) 12:28, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
As an aside I have redirected Scott Douglas Miller to Virginia Wesleyan University; in my view the sources cited (almost all of which are in WP:PRIMARY territory) do not indicate the subject's notability.--SamHolt6 (talk) 14:43, 21 June 2019 (UTC)

Peter CorkeEdit

This editor has edited with undeclared paid conflicts of interest (in 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, and now 2019) as an employee of Queensland University of Technology. They have been aware of the paid conflict of interest policy since at least 2017 based on [27]. Orville1974talk 01:38, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

I will make no further edits to my own page or those related to my employer (the latter were just frustratingly badly written, the edits were not directed by, or paid for by my employer).

Peter.corke (talk) 03:45, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

Peter.corke, you can post edit requests at Talk: Peter Corke and Talk:Queensland University of Technology as long as you declare your conflict of interest. It seems that you are a recognized expert in robotics. As for citing your own work, please see WP:SELFCITE. This is OK if your work is widely recognized by your peers as important in your field. Please cite your peers as well. Your goal should be improvement of the encyclopedia rather than promotion of your own work. Uninvolved editors are a better judge of that than you are, so please do not be aggressive in pushing ahead. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 03:58, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

Self-promoting issues on Nathan RichEdit

  Moved from Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents: The more appropriate board and the one better able to assess whether this has crossed the outing like Nil Einne (talk) 14:04, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

Recently I have noticed an article, talking about a YouTuber called Nathan Rich. I read this article, its talk page and its history. According to the user name and REMOVED provided by User:Trufeseeker, I think that User:Diaozhadelaowai is Nathan itself, which is very WP:NOTHERE. It's kinda of non-revealed self-promotion issue. Also, no sufficient 2nd-hand sources are listed, most of which are BBS threads, Podcast programmes and YouTube videos, some of them are even link farms, eg East Day, Daily News, China.com, etc. Hoping that the problem could be solved. --Cameoskulk (talk) 19:34, 21 June 2019 (UTC)

REMOVED --Cameoskulk (talk) 19:34, 21 June 2019 (UTC)

I am curious why you and Trufeseeker have only ever edited or commented on Nathan Rich. Is it possible that you also have a COI? Beach drifter (talk) 20:02, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Then? Appeal to motive? Or Ad hominem? No way can I know Trufeseeker. I just watched a video made by Nathan Rich. The story he told makes me feel weird, so I created an account to try to find out something. And here it is. --Cameoskulk (talk) 20:11, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
You have the tags and the db spam added to the article, I would think that would be plenty for now, or you could try at the COI board. From the top of this page: This page is for discussion of urgent incidents and chronic, intractable behavioral problems. Beach drifter (talk) 20:17, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
Is this not WP:OUTING? Also, OP failed to notify the reported user on their talk page. This could easily have been taken care of with a COI notice on the user's talk page or at the COI noticeboard first, not here. But now that the issue has been raised, I find Trufeseeker's edits on the page to be more problematic, including PROD'ing it multiple times. Captain Eek Edits Ho Cap'n! 21:25, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
I share CaptainEek's concerns that some of the above posts may have crossed the OUTING line. However I'm not experienced enough to say so hopefully people here at COIN (where I moved it) can better comment. I've also informed Trufeseeker of our PROD policy and informed User:Diaozhadelaowai of this discussion especially since as mentioned above no one informed them of the ANI. Nil Einne (talk) 14:04, 23 June 2019 (UTC)
Attempting to identify a user on Wikipedia by full legal name is against the policies of Wikipedia, and attempted outing is sufficient grounds for an immediate block. See also WP:PRIVACY.
As the page in question is that of a political commentator and the users have no other edits, it's likely political or other opposition, in my opinion. Recommendation for me is "do not confirm or deny the accuracy of the information," as it encourages outing, so I will do neither. An article on an individual with Associated Press, CNN, Hollywood Reporter, Huffington Post, etc does not seem to fit the description you lay out. If you feel the article is lacking, edit per Wikipedia policy. I've temporarily "REMOVED" the attempts at outing in an edit, as I'm not sure about undoing an entire COI thread. However, the policy does say: "Any edit that "outs" someone must be reverted promptly, followed by a request for oversight to delete that edit from Wikipedia permanently." Diaozhadelaowai (talk) 15:38, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

I have fully protected the page due to the edit warring over the last few days. Diaozhadelaowai, Trufeseeker and Cameoskulk - you all need to learn to be civil and focus on the content of the page and sort it out on the talk page. You are all on thin ice in my books. Sasquatch t|c 03:57, 26 June 2019 (UTC)

User:LAKBURN123Edit

Originally reported at WP:UAA but directed here. This user is WP:NOTHERE, instead trying to promote themselves rather blatantly as shown by the fact that all of their contribs are to their Sandbox which is talking about a non-notable DJ. CTB TripleThree (talk) 10:00, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

I've deleted their promotional draft, and warned them about autobiographical edits(in case it is the user). I'm not ready to say they are NOTHERE yet, though it may end up that way. 331dot (talk) 10:03, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

Louis B. RosenbergEdit

Also Zoe Rosenberg (who I believe is Louis's daughter). The IP seems to be closely associated, but has not declared a COI. Ross Finlayson (talk) 12:14, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

Center for Immigration StudiesEdit

There are weird things going on at Center for Immigration Studies. Multiple editors have repeatedly edit-warred out content from the lede of CIS which a a Nov 2018 RfC concluded should be in the lede (one account going so far as to repeatedly violate 3RR to keep the content out). I've checked these editors and pretty much all these accounts are accounts whose first edits to Wikipedia where to CIS or CIS's founder Mark Krikorian, and whose editing careers have mostly revolved around CIS:

It's also worth noting that both Darryl Jensen and ModerateMikayla (the two most active of these accounts) demonstrated familiarity with Wikipedia policies and practices in their early editing. 20 minutes after ModerateMikayla555 gets warned about violating 3RR, suddenly the SPA Griffy013 shows up for the first time in three months to continue the edit-warring where ModerateMikayla left off. To me, this seems weird. Snooganssnoogans (talk) 17:03, 25 June 2019 (UTC)

Definitely suspicious. Might be worth opening a sockpuppet investigation as well. Toa Nidhiki05 17:09, 25 June 2019 (UTC)
I didn't plan on spending much time on CIS, but repeated disruptive edits from Snoogansnoogans have repeatedly drawn me back to the page, among a range of other areas I've edited. I have no conflict of interest and nothing to hide, and resent the accusation that I'm acting in bad faith. ModerateMikayla555 (talk) 17:13, 25 June 2019 (UTC)
(edit conflict)Being clear, the edit warring seems to involve moving the anti-immigration statements lower in the lede section, after delineating the Center's expressed position (low-immigration rather than anti-immigration). However this does seem like an attempt to circumvent the RfC in spirit if not in practice. It should be noted that this is a fringe political group and thus, we should treat it as per WP:FRINGE WRT to assigning due weight to the organization's statements about themselves. All that said, this particular nativist group has long been a hot-