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.


Please watch this user. I strongly believe this is User:Turbo8000/User:NeoMaps. See revision history of Spanish phrasebook. Ikan Kekek (talk) 03:06, 19 November 2016 (UTC)

Agree with Ikan Kekek . They have been trying to delete their ban nomination a few times. I have placed a warning on their talk page to which I hope they respond positively towards. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 00:01, 21 November 2016 (UTC)
What's the delay? The user is reinstating the exact same edits that got User:NeoMaps banned in the first place. He's banned on Spanish Wikipedia, he's got a username that implies he's a bot, and he's edit-warring. It's clearly the same person, so why not just ban him now, and save yourselves the hassle of another battle? --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 01:29, 21 November 2016 (UTC)
I strongly second the above. If we're talking block evasion, you instaban as soon as it becomes clear what you're dealing with. You don't waste time here. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 01:39, 21 November 2016 (UTC)
Yes Done -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 01:40, 21 November 2016 (UTC)


Is the best policy to ignore this individual and hope he/she will give up or to ban him/her as an obnoxious time-waster who came here with an ax to grind and has nothing to contribute to the site? In case you have yet to have the dubious pleasure of encountering this user, here are his/her contributions. Ikan Kekek (talk) 09:41, 26 November 2016 (UTC)

I do not understand why in this website any minor edition is controversial. Why not try to solve things like adult people on this website? --ControlCorV (talk) 09:58, 26 November 2016 (UTC)
I don't think we should resort to a user ban, but regular increasing blocks seem justified and enough if the unwanted behaviour doesn't change. I'm not at all convinced it's bad intentions we're seeing; the discussion on Talk:Colombia suggests to me that he/she is misreading the sentence that bothers him/her so much. I've explained one more time, so let's see what happens and simply react accordingly. JuliasTravels (talk) 16:13, 27 November 2016 (UTC)
I suspect this may be the same person as the other apparently nationalistically-motivated recent problem editor on Talk:Colombia. Was that user ever formally banned, and if so could this be construed as block evasion? -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 17:46, 27 November 2016 (UTC)
Likely just a coincidence, but I think we've had more than usual of this type of edits/editors as of lately. ϒpsilon (talk) 17:53, 27 November 2016 (UTC)
I know we already have our WV:Be fair policy, but what about a new policy explicitly dealing with nationalist agendas? They do seem to have a tendency of creeping back in (they seem to have been much more common in the earliest days) Hobbitschuster (talk) 18:03, 27 November 2016 (UTC)
Except for working on the same article, I don't think there's much evidence of these being the same users (and language use and topics don't suggest it either). Nationalist agenda's is a strong word, and should be used sparingly. We have plenty of policies to deal with unwanted edits, nationalistic ones included. The tough part is to judge when they are appropriate to use. In this case, it's more likely simply a local who feels his/her country is being portrayed in an undeservedly negative way, due to language issues rather than any political agenda. At least, let's not jump to conclusions and assume good faith at first. JuliasTravels (talk) 22:00, 27 November 2016 (UTC)
It looks like things have died down, so I agree that there's no reason to act now. And perhaps JuliasTravels' last-ditch explanation did some good. Ikan Kekek (talk) 23:06, 27 November 2016 (UTC)

User:Brendan John Williams[edit]

I was somewhat encouraged today to see that our Telstra contributor had tried to communicate on their talk page here : User talk:Brendan John Williams

Unfortunately it would appear that they are not willing to actually discuss their edits or copy violations. We have asked them to agree to stop copying Wikipedia and web content, and they do not want to acknowledge. It is even possible that they might not even have the faculty for such a discussion. How should we proceed? --Andrewssi2 (talk) 06:08, 28 May 2017 (UTC)

We have no choice but to revert edits in violation of copyright/copyleft. It's a shame to block an editor for a possible lack of ability to understand basic Wikivoyage policies, but that would be no different from blocking someone who doesn't understand English sufficiently to post in English. Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:27, 28 May 2017 (UTC)
We should see if we can wait 24 hours before considering another block, though. Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:28, 28 May 2017 (UTC)
I agree. If 'Brendan John Williams' is reading this, then we would really like to resolve this problem and will give you the opportunity to discuss with us. If not then we will revert all of your edits and block you until you do discuss. If you try to create another account then this will be against our policy and that will be blocked. The only way to get what you want is to talk. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 08:18, 28 May 2017 (UTC)
If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say this abortive attempt to communicate is just another part of the game this user is playing with us. After all, this is not the first time we've made contact with the user only to walk away even more frustrated than before. For the sake of prudence, I agree with Ikan's idea of waiting 24 hours. But after that, not only do I think this user should be banned, but I think the door should be closed on any further attempts to make contact with him, and the one and only answer should be permabanning him on sight as before. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 12:58, 28 May 2017 (UTC)
They are back to creating throw away accounts and avoiding us. It was just a ruse. That said, it also seems highly likely they just cannot communicate in English, which is obviously a problem for an English language Wiki.
I'll give them a few more hours to respond before rolling back every single edit they made yesterday, --Andrewssi2 (talk) 22:22, 28 May 2017 (UTC)
I highly doubt this is a case of a user with no command of English. If he can identify pertinent text in Wikipedia and elsewhere and incorporate it into the appropriate section of our Wikivoyage article - historical factoids in "Understand" rather than "Go next", POIs in "See" rather than "Connect" - then he has at least a good enough command of English to understand and respond to the simple questions asked of him on his user talk page. I think it's important to regard any attempt to communicate with this user from here on out - be it via the TelstraMessage template, sternly worded edit summaries, earnest pleadings with him to come to the table and talk to us, whatever - as feeding the troll. The procedure from now on needs to be one of denying recognition - simply ban the user with a minimum of fuss or commentary, and move on. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 00:17, 29 May 2017 (UTC)
His edits do suggest to me that he is not a native speaker and doesn't fully know the rules of English grammar or syntax, but for whatever it's worth, I don't think his English is as bad as the constructions he used in his recent talk page posts. Anyway, I agree with you on denying recognition, but we need to avoid blocking legitimate users in the process. Ikan Kekek (talk) 02:01, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
We obviously use non-English speakers extensively (if not the majority of editors could be categorized thus). I believe the only way this user is capable of contributing is through copy and pasting other sources and they are ignoring us because they know precisely that they do not have the capability to edit in English and follow policy.
The new tag filter is catching a few new legitimate users, but not preventing them from editing. I think it is unlikely that Telstra will work out how to circumvent this filter so we can use it to identify and delete all of their edits. Andrewssi2 (talk) 03:30, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
Seems the new filter is catching too many innocent contributors. I removed the message for now and renamed the tag to something more friendly. It will still allow us to see their edits as they come through. Andrewssi2 (talk) 09:49, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
Loads of sockpuppets by this individual tonight. Is there any happy medium? It's a bit annoying to have so much busywork. Ikan Kekek (talk) 07:07, 2 September 2017 (UTC)
It almost seemed like they had given up, but a week later they conducted an edit bombing campaign on Friday and Saturday. I hope that they recognise that the considerable time that they are spending in letting us know that Korea has mountains and African countries have villages is basically reverted by us in less than a minute. Andrewssi2 (talk) 09:54, 2 September 2017 (UTC)
I'm wondering if this "Brendan John Williams" is an imposer. Maybe someone has a grudge against Mr. Williams, and wants to soil his name on the internet. Emmette Hernandez Coleman (talk) 13:45, 4 September 2017 (UTC)
And what would that change? Hobbitschuster (talk) 19:48, 4 September 2017 (UTC)