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]

Telstra abuse user[edit]

The Abuse filter has been working quite well since it began on January 10th, catching and tagging 315 edits by the anonymous user who uses dynamic IP addresses assigned by Telstra in Australia. In the past we have simply caught the user, left the usual message on their talk page, banned as per community agreement and undid their edits. They have unfortunately still been incessantly making edits, and the frequency has increased the past few weeks. May I propose adjusting the filter to block their edits for 1 month ? In addition I can leave an automated message when they try to edit:

Sorry, your move request could not be completed at this time. Your edit has triggered an automated filter that stops new editors from making certain kinds of page moves which are frequently used for vandalism. We apologize if your move was well intended. To complete this move please ask for assistance at the Travellers' pub.

I understand this will also block other unregistered users from the Telstra mobile network, although the abuse filter has not seemed to have caught any such user so far this year so I would say the risk is minimal. Andrewssi2 (talk) 11:00, 13 November 2014 (UTC)

I heartily approve of any step that will save time. This user has been wasting his/her time and the time of everyone who polices his/her edits, posts to his/her talk pages and manually blocks him/her. Ikan Kekek (talk) 11:13, 13 November 2014 (UTC)
OK, I have enabled the automatic warning and block. Since the user will now get a warning message directly they should not have any doubt that they are being blocked.
Since there is no way to set a time limit, I will remove this block myself on 14th December 2014. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 13:06, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
Sorry I was late on this. To be clear, does this message mean that the Telstra vandal has graduated from mere unhelpful edits to page-move vandalism? If so, I had not been aware of that until now. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 13:59, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
Would it be possible to just disallow moves by new users, perhaps not until they get autoconfirm status? Or just disallow them for anonymous IPs? Would either be a good idea? Pashley (talk) 18:23, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
It would certainly work in terms of preventing page-move vandalism across the board, but as I see it, one of the main selling points of the original proposal is the warning message Andrewssi2 spoke about, which may finally impress upon the vandal the consequences of his or her actions and may help lead to a cessation of all the problem edits. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 18:42, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
The move was not prompted by any page moves (that I am aware of, the existing filter probably wouldn't catch those). It was an increase the the number of unhelpful edits by evading the IP block every single time.
Also to mention that the warning message above is the standard used by the Wikimedia software. I can make customisations if that would be appropriate. Andrewssi2 (talk) 09:53, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
Actually a big success already. The user tried 14 changes yesterday, each one was disallowed with a warning. No extra admin work required to see what they changed and undo.
Since they are unable to change anything on Wikivoyage now, they may just understand that there is an issue that they need to contact us about. Andrewssi2 (talk) 09:59, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
Great! Thank you! Ikan Kekek (talk) 10:10, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
Why are we using the movewarning text instead of the standard edit warning text? Powers (talk) 00:59, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, I preferred the language of the page-move message, but you are right in that it isn't accurate. I have changed to default. Andrewssi2 (talk) 11:30, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
The abusefilter-warning message isn't ideal either, as it implies the action can be carried out after the warning by resubmitting the edit. Also, I do note that there are some good (or at least neutral) edits being caught by the filter; is this intentional? Powers (talk) 14:26, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
I saw there is an option to customize the message, and I can look at that. I wanted to avoid changing the existing messages by accident.
The user is banned also for block evasion. Therefore yes, catching 'good edits' (although I don't see any that add value) is intentional. Andrewssi2 (talk) 02:26, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
Please see MediaWiki:Abusefilter-warning-telstra --Andrewssi2 (talk) 02:41, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
Just an update. The user tried three more pointless edits, each one attempted at 12 hour intervals from two different IP's. Andrewssi2 (talk) 11:30, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

User:Hiveserviceapartments and User:122.178.153.218[edit]

These accounts have been guilty of a touting edit war: see Revision history of "Coimbatore" and User talk:Hiveserviceapartments. I'm sure this will not be controversial, but I am posting as usual to inform everyone. I fully expect this stubborn user to return to again edit war, which will incur blocks of 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, etc. Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:42, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

No objection here, but for the record, policy says the user blocks escalate more quickly: from three days, to two weeks, to three months, to indefinite. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 12:45, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
That's good to know. Ikan Kekek (talk) 13:10, 17 November 2014 (UTC)