Wikivoyage:User ban nominations

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User bans are put into practical effect by using a Mediawiki software feature to block edits to any page (except pages in that banned user's user talk namespace) by the banned user.

Add nominations for user blocks to the list below, but please do so only after reviewing Project:How to handle unwanted edits. After a nomination has been made, the nominator is responsible for ensuring that appropriate notice is given on the allegedly delinquent User's Talk page of the nomination made here.

In general the preferred way of handling problem users is through the use of soft security. In the case of automated spam attacks the Project:Spam filter can also be a valuable tool for stopping unwanted edits.

For a history of older nominations see Project:User ban nominations/Archive.

Outstanding nominations[edit]

User:Travel doc96[edit]

Just a notice that I indefblocked this user per nrwt as he is almost certainly an IB employee (and, failing that, absolutely certainly a trolling-only account). The user came to my attention when he posted a disruptive comment in the Pub. I took a look at his exceedingly short contribution history, and he has 1) a grand total of two mainspace edits, quite inconsequential ones at that, compared to 2) sixteen oddly specific contributions in project space, the majority of which are complaints about or derisive references to our removal of external links to WT in the footers of our articles, which we did several months ago.

Granted that none of the foregoing points add up to smoking-gun proof that the user is working on behalf of IB, but couple that with the deceptive similarity of his username to James Heilman's handle "Travel Doc James", the references to WT in his user talk page, and Rschen's past assertion that "accounts created solely to troll" should be banned on sight, and I think a fairly ironclad case for an indefban is made regardless of whether IB had a hand in this user's conduct.

-- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 19:20, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Is the reason for the silence that the community is okay with my action, or because no one has gotten around to reading this yet? Indefbanning someone without consultation is a big deal, and I would appreciate some reassurance that I didn't act out of turn. :) -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 13:00, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
A username deliberately created to impersonate another user is usually shoot-on-sight, even if we haven't documented the concept quite as clearly as w:Wikipedia:Username policy#Misleading usernames. K7L (talk) 13:37, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
I don't think this is a case of impersonation, but I agree that this user had no intention of helping to create a travel guide. I don't think anyone is going to miss this user. Powers (talk) 14:06, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Just to be clear, is the ban proposal based solely on their history of trolling? I appreciate there are other aspects as well, but just want to be sure of the core issue. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 16:46, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
The trolling alone is ample reason for the block, as far as I'm concerned. Well spotted, AndreCarrotflower. JuliasTravels (talk) 19:09, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
I don't know how to answer your question, Andrewssi2. There are things about this case that are incontrovertibly true, and things that are almost certainly true but not quite 100%.
Although this user's behavior bears all the hallmarks of an IB troll – a contribution history that is very short and consists almost entirely of extremely specific complaints about administrative or technical issues vis-à-vis our separation from our old host that a typical newbie would not know or be concerned about, all delivered in an exceptionally nasty tone – it's nonetheless impossible to conclusively determine the true identity of the user absent a Checkuser investigation. Similarly, it's also impossible to definitively prove that this user chose his name intentionally to cause confusion with User:Jmh649, but the monicker "Travel Doc" is unusual enough that if it's a coincidence, it's a strange one.
However, what is incontrovertibly true is that this user's primary goal on Wikivoyage is to troll. I suppose the question of whether nrwt or impersonating another user make up part of the userban rationale depends on how strict the threshold is to prove those things. But even if neither of those things are true, I'm a firm believer in the notion that trolling-only accounts should be dealt with in the way I've dealt with this one. I know I'm going out on a limb by putting that into action absent a clear policy directive for cases like this, but luckily the community seems to be behind me in this case.
-- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 23:39, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Well done! Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:29, 25 October 2014 (UTC)