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Administrators' newsletter – April 2022[edit]

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:14, 7 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm sending this to you as you performed the block and I figure the user wants confidentiality. You'll see what I mean. --Deepfriedokra (talk) 21:27, 7 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

All done, thanks for the heads up! RickinBaltimore (talk) 21:34, 7 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Delete a Draft[edit]

Hello, can you please delete this draft Draft:Mirette Elhariri because It is a cross wiki promotion and has been deleted several times like here Draft:Mirette El Hariri, and you should find a way to stop its continues re-creation. (talk) 13:14, 10 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Again, the draft has been re-created in different name Draft:Mirette Hariri, I hope after you delete it, protect it and protect this one as well Draft:Mirette El-Hariri, we need to stop this mess. (talk) 16:10, 10 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks so much, but don't forget to protect this deleted draft as well Draft:Mirette El-Hariri because he might re-create it again. as he did with Draft:Mirette El Hariri. (talk) 17:08, 10 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Can you whack User:BaboonMoon too, please? Obviously the same editor. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 23:23, 11 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

He's sleeping wid da fishes. RickinBaltimore (talk) 23:29, 11 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
[1] ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 23:32, 11 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

New administrator activity requirement[edit]

The administrator policy has been updated with new activity requirements following a successful Request for Comment.

Beginning January 1, 2023, administrators who meet one or both of the following criteria may be desysopped for inactivity if they have:

  1. Made neither edits nor administrative actions for at least a 12-month period OR
  2. Made fewer than 100 edits over a 60-month period

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22:53, 15 April 2022 (UTC)

Is this OK?[edit]

In the article Otis T. Carr, a social security number is on the page. The subject died 40 years ago. Is this OK? I would think it should be deleted and REVDEL'ed, but what do I know? Thanks for listening. Jacona (talk) 16:23, 30 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Can you link to the edit that had the SSN? I can't find it when I looked through the edits. RickinBaltimore (talk) 16:43, 30 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's still in the article, has been since 2007, buried in the references. [2]Jacona (talk) 11:59, 1 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've just sent a request to have this oversighted. RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:03, 1 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for bringing this to my attention, it's been oversighted. If you see something like this in the future, you can go here: Special:EmailUser/Oversight to get the Oversight team to remove the offending text. I only have the ability to revdel, so it would still be visible to admins. RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:18, 1 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks so much! Jacona (talk) 00:19, 2 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hello? It this a person who used to go by Rahfu? I've heard you're interested in an old internet user named Jenny, also known as eon337. Created something called the "longest text ever". If you're willing to talk, I have some information on this person I'd like to share, and I'd like to hear what you know. If this is the wrong person, deepest apologies. RedG (talk) 08:37, 22 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Not me I'm afraid! RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:51, 22 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Darn. Well, thanks anyway. RedG (talk) 19:01, 22 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:55, 2 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Happy Birthday![edit]

Wishing RickinBaltimore a very happy birthday on behalf of the Birthday Committee!   Chris Troutman (talk) 20:05, 14 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Happy Birthday![edit]

Block evasion[edit]

Hi Rick, in May, you blocked an IP user, Special:Contributions/, for 3 months. Special:Contributions/ appears to be the same user, based on the types of articles being edited. Thanks. BilCat (talk) 19:59, 24 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, wasn't around much this weekend. I'll have a look at the edits. RickinBaltimore (talk) 18:29, 27 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
No problem. BilCat (talk) 21:39, 27 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Odd behaviour[edit]

Yesterday I warned F1V8V10V6 (F1) for edit warring on the Max Verstappen (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) article. Their response was that I was stalking them (I wasn't, MV's article is on my list of articles I keep an eye on). F1 then thanked me for an edit I made to a shipwreck list. Today, he's thanked me four times for edits made to three different articles, none of which fall within his area of interest on Wikipedia. I know its a bit early to say for sure, but given the comment this seems to me the start of some stalking by F1. Not sure what to do here, but so far there has been no resumption of the edit war. Any thoughts or advice? Mjroots (talk) 13:33, 6 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'd keep an eye on it. It might just be blowing off steam and is forgotten about in a day or so. If it keeps up though, let me know. RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:50, 6 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
For info: I've blocked the editor in question for edit warring on the Max Verstappen article. A different edit war, but edit warring nonetheless. Mjroots (talk) 07:31, 11 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:29, 10 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

N1TH Music[edit]

In looking over User talk:N1TH_Music, and considering the fact that they have reviewed relevant guidelines and accepted an offer of mentorship, and has been overall quite civil and understanding, I am willing to unblock that account. As the blocking admin, do you have any objection? ~Anachronist (talk) 17:05, 24 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Go right ahead, no argument from me. That was the purpose of the block to begin with, glad they realized what they were doing. RickinBaltimore (talk) 17:57, 24 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Anachronist: On second thought....seeing their continued diatribe on their talk page, I don't think it's a good idea to unblock. They don't get it, and I have a feeling if we unblock, we are going to be right back were we are now. RickinBaltimore (talk) 14:06, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And I was right...RickinBaltimore (talk) 14:29, 23 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


@Patrickmstumph Is a sock puppet of @Https:// Uricdivine (talk) 00:12, 25 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Please consider revdeleting this addition to the page's archive. Thanks. General Ization Talk 21:28, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Got it, thanks for the heads up! If you find anymore, let me know. RickinBaltimore (talk) 21:33, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:44, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

cross-posting unblock request for your consideration. -- Deepfriedokra (talk) 19:59, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I like that. That's someone that GETS why they were blocked, recognized the behavior, and gave ways to make it better, not just the usual "I won't do it again". I support an unblock. RickinBaltimore (talk) 20:01, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I know this isn't my place but I also feel strongly that we're overlooking a lengthy history here. Why are his reassurances now any better than those in the past? PRAXIDICAE🌈 20:04, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Because if he violates this, and ends up blocked again, that's it from me. All of my good faith will be done. Let's just say this is the last shot from my perspective. RickinBaltimore (talk) 20:07, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. I hope they do well. -- Deepfriedokra (talk) 20:55, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I have finally made my way through CAT:UNBLOCK. Will only need to look at them as they arise. -- Deepfriedokra (talk) 20:57, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I see you're active[edit]

Can you whack Aziz al-Abub (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · nuke contribs · logs · filter log · block user · block log) please? LTA harassment account. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 12:37, 31 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Someone's more active than me. Oshwah's already blocked them. RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:38, 31 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Just saw that, thanks. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 12:39, 31 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:12, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Strength of a cyclone[edit]

I was trying to find a source for this note: 2017 Atlantic hurricane season#cite note-1. The same note was on 2022 Atlantic hurricane season. You had left talk regarding this on Talk:2017 Atlantic hurricane season#Hurricane Maria strongest hurricane?. I couldn't find anything obvious by a web search. Seems like a source should be added on that note. Thank you! Adakiko (talk) 23:23, 5 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wow, I forgot I even added that edit. RickinBaltimore (talk) 23:51, 5 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

... is Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Evlekis, so would you please remove TPA (see note on SPI). Cheers, - Tom | Thomas.W talk 20:13, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yup, all taken care of. RickinBaltimore (talk) 20:14, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 12:44, 1 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


The idjit might need his TPA revoked as well ... [3] Ravenswing 20:21, 9 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I did that hours ago actually. RickinBaltimore (talk) 20:22, 9 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You have a message[edit]

UTRS appeal #67169 Peace on earth to users of good will. -- Deepfriedokra (talk) 23:30, 25 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wow. RickinBaltimore (talk) 00:54, 26 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm speechless from that. And honestly a bit insulted. It's coming off as patronizing. RickinBaltimore (talk) 00:56, 26 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Happy Kalends of January[edit]

Happy New Year!
Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year, from the horse and bishop person. May the year ahead be productive and distraction-free and may Janus light your way. Ealdgyth (talk) 14:05, 1 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you and the same to you and yours! RickinBaltimore (talk) 21:24, 3 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:09, 6 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Does "from" Baltimore mean "in" Baltimore? If so, I need help with a photo. I found this photo that I want to use. Yes, the paper was copyrighted, but copyright was not renewed, when it expired in 1987. (Masthead shows copyright]. Periodicals shows issue 32 for March 7 copyrighted as B760640. Checking the on-line catalog I find no renewals.) It is the only image I have been able to find for Bertha McNeill, but it is horrible. Poking around, the LOC doesn't have issues from the 1950s, nor does Google News archive has an even worse copy. I'm in southern Mexico, which is a really long walk to Baltimore, but I know when I lived in the US one could obtain back issues of local newspapers at the public library. Do you know if Baltimore offers this service, and would you be willing to try to find me a decent copy of this photograph? SusunW (talk) 20:00, 13 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm certainly IN Baltimore for sure! I see it's from the Baltimore Afro-American, let me see first if the Enoch Pratt Library has a copy of that available. If they do, I'll see what I can do. RickinBaltimore (talk) 20:04, 13 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. I literally pulled up every single article written about her searching for a photo. It was the only one I found and lucky me, it doesn't appear to be copyrighted. SusunW (talk) 20:06, 13 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'll have to go in person, so it might be a bit of a delay in getting back to you. RickinBaltimore (talk) 20:23, 13 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
No worries, I just started working on the article and there is no deadline for Wikipedia. I truly just appreciate that you are willing to try to get it. SusunW (talk) 20:29, 13 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Just wanted to follow up, it might be a few weeks for me to get out to look at this, so I wanted to keep you in the loop. RickinBaltimore (talk) 15:20, 20 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Muchas gracias! I keep getting called away from working on her to do other things, so no worries. Perhaps if the stars align, I'll be able to finish her and publish the article for Black History Month in February. Appreciate your help whenever it can happen. SusunW (talk) 13:53, 21 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Pressure is off ;) I'd still like to have the photo, if you can find it, but I am pretty sure I finally found another that I can use. SusunW (talk) 23:00, 25 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh that's good news! I still plan on getting that library card taken care of, if I come across it as well I'll let you know. RickinBaltimore (talk) 00:34, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That would be lovely. I've finished writing her so if you can get it, we can always just add it to Bertha McNeill. SusunW (talk) 18:01, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Disable TPA[edit]

Mind removing the TPA of Ramy Marciano Amram Mendosa Moroccan Israeli Sephardic Poet? All they're doing is spamming their talk page with facebook links. ― Blaze WolfTalkBlaze Wolf#6545 15:18, 20 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Does the Thanos finger snap Done. RickinBaltimore (talk) 15:19, 20 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! ― Blaze WolfTalkBlaze Wolf#6545 15:20, 20 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That /27 range at ANI[edit]

Sorry about that, Rick. The thing is, I didn't altogether understand how you got the range you blocked, (still don't). I constructed a /27 range from the single IP I had,, in the way I usually do, by adding /27 to it, thus getting Assuming that would work the same way as yours, I tested it with the "contributions" function, which automatically converted it to (leaving my comprehension behind, but that seems to be how it works). Anyway, it includes and So I don't think a /24 block was actually needed. (Actually, if it was only about covering those two IPs, so closely related, blocking the tiny range would be enough. But it's certainly as well to catch a few more.) Be that as it may, it was stupid of me to assume your /27 and my /27 were the same; of course I should have checked your /27 by itself, before signing off on it. What can I say, except I guess my understanding of ranges is too shallow to be giving advice about them. The blind leading the blind. Sorry! Bishonen | tålk 11:35, 21 January 2023 (UTC).Reply[reply]

It's ok. I swear even working in the IT field for 2 decades some of it STILL stumps me. RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:48, 21 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Trying to establish a page for Teel James Glenn[edit]

Teel James Glenn is one of the leading pulp authors in New York at this point and has a number of novels published as well as numerous short stories.

He is a Swordmaster in America and has worked as a stunt man for years.

He is an artist with drawings published.

He has contributed significantly to the Horror Writer's of America and deserves his page!

I keep attempting to set up his page and I have been told that he is not 'significant' enough a person to have a Wiki page. Last year alone I believe he sold 47 short stories. This seems significant to me. Zingasvryka (talk) 19:04, 17 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

We need to have it documented from reliable independent sources that he meets our standards of notability. This isn't something that can be negotiated, these are basic guidelines for creating an article on any subject. RickinBaltimore (talk) 19:07, 17 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

User Salmasalma2 and Juan Branco[edit]

Firstly, thanks for blocking indefinitely Salmasalma2. Possibly you did not remark that Salmasalma2 is one further of several usernames of Juan Branco himself (see Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Brancojuan/Archive).

Following my revert of the first edit of Juan Branco by Salmasalma2, I received the following mail of Juan Branco, with "Mise en demeure et enclenchement d'actions pénales" as an object:

Monsieur le Professeur d'université émérite Daniel Lazard,

je me permets de vous écrire afin de vous informer de votre identification sur l'encyclopédie Wikipedia, sous le nom d'utilisateur D.Lazard.

Vous avez, au cours des dernières années, et en appui ou avec l'appui d'une autre personne (sous le pseudo XlNolanX, devenu EdgarAllanFrost, et son faux nez , contribué à publier de façon répétée des informations diffamatoires, ne pouvant bénéficier ni de l'exception de vérité ni de la bonne foi.

Ces publications ont atteint lourdement à ma réputation, à mes intérêts professionnels et à ceux de mon cabinet, entraînant de lourdes et violentes conséquences sociales et personnelles. Ils ont atteint aux intérêts de mes proches, de mes clients et des personnes que je défendais. Ils ont non seulement entaché mon honneur, ma considération mais aussi ma présomption d'innocence.

Vos interventions sont en conséquences constitutives des délits de diffamation publique et d'injure, et constituent des faits de dénigrement au sens de la Cour de cassation.

La cour de cassation a établi que le simple fait de rétablir ou de poster des paroles diffamatoires déjà existantes sur une plateforme en ligne est constitutive d'une nouvelle publication poursuivable en tant que telle, y compris lorsqu'ils prennent source en des publications antérieures effectuées par des personnes tierces.

C'est donc avec un véritable soulagement que je vous annonce qu'une plainte pénale sera déposée prochainement à votre encontre.

Je vous met en demeure de toute réitération de vos actes.

Juan Branco

I am not really afraid by these legal threats, since I am not the author of any sentence in Juan Branco, and, for the French law, defamation requires that the involved sentences must be explicitly cited.

Nevertheless, other editors and Wikipedia itself may also be involved and must be prepared to react. Also, if a legal action is started (I do not believe that this will be, but ...), I think that my defense should be supported by Wikipedia).

Please, tell me what I have to do further in this affair. Thanks in advance. D.Lazard (talk) 15:49, 18 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This is way past my pay grade I'm afraid. If you are concerned about any possible legal actions I would suggest you reach out to with this information and advise them of this. They would be be best advised on what to do in this case. RickinBaltimore (talk) 18:05, 18 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Notice of noticeboard discussion[edit]

Information icon There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. White 720 (talk) 22:46, 18 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

As a follow up to the discussion, I hadn't seen the 2017 article, and I apologize for having failed to improve upon it. Thank you for your response. White 720 (talk) 00:18, 19 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Juan Branco, again[edit]

Just after your indefinite block of Salmasalma2, another WP:SPA, named Paulk12, started to edit the same article Juan Branco. This is certainly block evasion and sock-puppetry, as the unique object of both accounts is to introduce a more positive presentation of the article subject (however, the second account proceeds with more subtlety, probably for trying to avoid a block). Another indice of sock-puppetry is that both WP:SPA are owned by an experienced editor.

So, I suggest to block Paulk12, and to semi-protect the article.

Thanks and sincerely. D.Lazard (talk) 15:09, 20 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm going to file a SPI to confirm. Seems pretty cut and dry, but I like to cover my bases on something like this. RickinBaltimore (talk) 15:20, 20 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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I think you meant "an" instead of "and"? [4] Clovermoss🍀 (talk) 17:52, 29 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ugh. Thanks! RickinBaltimore (talk) 18:09, 29 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Procedural notification of additional proposal at an RfC you participated in[edit]

Hi, I and others have proposed additional options at Wikipedia:Village_pump_(policy)#RfC_on_a_procedural_community_desysop. You may wish to review your position in that RfC. TonyBallioni (talk) 02:14, 20 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Vincent Stewart[edit]

His stepson confirmed his death. I provided the link. (talk) 20:24, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Twitter is not considered a reliable enough source for this. Our policy on living or recently deceased people is pretty straight forward about it. RickinBaltimore (talk) 20:25, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
So if the person’s stepson says he is dead then that is not reliable? (talk) 20:27, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
WP:UGC goes over this. "Examples of unacceptable user-generated sources are, Facebook, Fandom, Find a Grave, Goodreads, IMDb, Instagram, ODMP, Reddit, TikTok, Tumblr, TV Tropes, Twitter, and Wikipedia (self referencing)". Unfortunately, we cannot prove that he is the stepson of Mr. Stewart, therefore it can't be used as a reliable source. If he has passed away, he is notable enough that it will be mentioned in the news, and then can be added. RickinBaltimore (talk) 20:29, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My block of DP[edit]

You're more than welcome to ramp it up to indef if you'd like. When I placed the block I had seen the last block for breaking this particular edit restriction was 2 weeks, so I went up to a month. I knew that there was a better than fair chance that a more significant sanction was called for, which is why I left the discussion open. My hope was to establish the block and allow the discussion to continue without back and forths. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 18:50, 30 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for getting back to me on this. At this point, I will wait for the community to decide (which I think will be for a c-ban). But I didn't want to step on your toes, so I left it as is. RickinBaltimore (talk) 18:52, 30 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – May 2023[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (April 2023).

Guideline and policy news

  • A request for comment about removing administrative privileges in specified situations is open for feedback.

Technical news



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User OmoOwo[edit]

Hello RickinBaltimore. Thanks for blocking the user. Can you hide this edit summary please. Regards ----WikiUser1234945-- (talk) 19:36, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Got it. RickinBaltimore (talk) 19:37, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you very much ----WikiUser1234945-- (talk) 19:38, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Can you block access of this user talk page? They are still spamming. SeanTVT (talk) 14:08, 7 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Another sockpuppet of TheCurrencyGuy[edit]

I am reasonably confident that user: is another sockpuppet. Looks like an SPA created to reinstate edit by an earlier one of his sockpuppets, knows too much about editing to be genuinely new. The article involved (Pimlico) has had minimal changes until now and the focus of attention is the same as usual. Do I really need to open another SPI? Or just block as another WP:DUCK again? 𝕁𝕄𝔽 (talk) 15:28, 9 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Can you create one, just to be safe? I think a CU may need to look more into this. RickinBaltimore (talk) 15:36, 9 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Precious anniversary[edit]

Seven years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:01, 10 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you! RickinBaltimore (talk) 11:31, 10 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edit conflict[edit]

Hi Rick, how's it going? It appears we had an admin conflict,[5] where I appear to have undone precisely what you apparently intended to do. Given the circumstances, I thought I'd open a channel. Any thoughts? -- zzuuzz (talk) 20:34, 26 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

We crossed the streams! It's fine, it happens. RickinBaltimore (talk) 20:54, 26 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
OK, no worries. Here's a tip while I'm passing: with this one, always take the opportunity to hardblock the IP, because the account has always already been created and will be waiting to exploit the softblock. -- zzuuzz (talk) 21:05, 26 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the heads up, will file that for later use. RickinBaltimore (talk) 21:13, 26 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi! I have opened an SPI where you were involved. Feel free to comment if required. – Callmemirela 🍁 22:57, 2 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I saw that! Thanks for opening it. It appears the main account might be User:Jasgjrgr per the note left by Bbb23. RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:11, 4 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – June 2023[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (May 2023).

Guideline and policy news

  • Following an RfC, editors indefinitely site-banned by community consensus will now have all rights, including sysop, removed.
  • As a part of the Wikimedia Foundation's IP Masking project, a new policy has been created that governs the access to temporary account IP addresses. An associated FAQ has been created and individual communities can increase the requirements to view temporary account IP addresses.

Technical news

  • Bot operators and tool maintainers should schedule time in the coming months to test and update their tools for the effects of IP masking. IP masking will not be deployed to any content wiki until at least October 2023 and is unlikely to be deployed to the English Wikipedia until some time in 2024.


  • The arbitration case World War II and the history of Jews in Poland has been closed. The topic area of Polish history during World War II (1933-1945) and the history of Jews in Poland is subject to a "reliable source consensus-required" contentious topic restriction.


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Happy Birthday![edit]

Hey, RickinBaltimore. Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Birthday from the Wikipedia Birthday Committee!
Have a great day!
Mann Mann (talk) 03:46, 14 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Happy Birthday![edit]

Administrators' newsletter – July 2023[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (June 2023).

Administrator changes

added Novem Linguae

Bureaucrat changes

removed MBisanz

Guideline and policy news

Technical news


  • Two arbitration cases are currently open. Proposed decisions are expected 5 July 2023 for the Scottywong case and 9 July 2023 for the AlisonW case.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 12:58, 1 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Clear the log?[edit] - Can you clear the log of this page, as it's taken care of? Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:22, 8 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That's done by the CU clerks, and it looks like a request was made for them to handle it. RickinBaltimore (talk) 16:59, 8 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A barnstar for you![edit]

The Barnstar of Good Humor
Counting this, this, and this, and probably more I've forgotten, I think you qualify as "consistently lighten[ing] the mood." Heavy Water (talkcontribs) 14:14, 13 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! Got to try to keep things light at times. RickinBaltimore (talk) 14:20, 13 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi. Since you previously blocked User: last December, I thought I'd let you know that I placed a warning on their page for adding numerous uncited paragraphs to Cassette tape, something for which that editor had been warned numerous times on his talk page. Thanks. Nightscream (talk) 16:39, 29 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Edits clashed and I ended up removing your post too. Apologies. — Trey Maturin 14:39, 2 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unacceptable! Indeffed forever. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 14:40, 2 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
GAH! My life is ruined and there is no God. No really, everyone trying to clean up at once, it happens! RickinBaltimore (talk) 14:44, 2 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Tiny note[edit]

Hey Rick, just wanted to let you know that I've logged the editing restriction at Wikipedia:Editing restrictions/Placed by the Wikipedia community in your stead. qedk (t c) 15:53, 5 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you! Sorry I forgot to add it there. RickinBaltimore (talk) 18:00, 5 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – August 2023[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (July 2023).

Administrator changes

added Firefangledfeathers

Interface administrator changes

added Novem Linguae

Technical news


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:54, 8 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Regarding your recent closing of a discussion at ANI and incivility may I ask about some behaviour seen on the relevant user's talk page where other editors have come to lecture him about incivility.

This is an example, though previous comments in similar vein have been deleted.

While these may well be well-meaning, I do not think that they are terribly constructive in that they seem to my mind to have a certain touch of baiting or goading about them. If he responds in an impolite manner on his own talk page - even simply deleting previous messages is called out by one of these editors - then perhaps one of them or someone else just there for the show will report him on ANI for incivility. I don't think that this sort of thing is playing fair.

Sure, there's community consensus of a problem and that something should be done about it, and I support the solution but I feel that poking the guy with a stick until he snarls is disruptive. --Pete (talk) 21:27, 8 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for letting me know. I wanted to let you know I'm not ignoring this, I'm going to be inactive for a few days due to a family emergency. I will drop a note on the talk page to advise people, let this drop now as there's no reason to pile on. RickinBaltimore (talk) 22:02, 8 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You've got mail[edit]

Hello, RickinBaltimore. Please check your email; you've got mail!
It may take a few minutes from the time the email is sent for it to show up in your inbox. You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{You've got mail}} or {{ygm}} template.Doug Weller talk 07:35, 11 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Air India protection level[edit]

Hello, it seems the page Air India has been in WP:ECP for too long now. The socking incident happened 6 years ago, and the perpetrators have probably been blocked by now. Can you please reduce protection to WP:SEMI? Thanks. Super yoshi013021 (talk) 08:44, 13 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I checked and there appears to not have been any reported socks of that user in 5 years. I'll go ahead and lower it now. If it needs to be changed, it can be done again. RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:59, 13 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

::Actually, scratch that I will request on your behalf at WP:RFPP. I have some concerns about this. RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:01, 13 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Nevermind, reducing protection on it now. RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:13, 13 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

User talk:ABILAG BURUNDI[edit]

Hi, I used G10 to blank the racist language used while someone dealt with deleting the page. Please let me know if there was a better option to use? Equine-man (talk) 19:28, 30 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The comment isn't really something I would consider revdeling. It's rude/vandalism, but in the guises of a comment, not worthy of removal. Instead of deleting the page, if that was the issue, that could be done. RickinBaltimore (talk) 19:31, 30 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. As the editor was indef banned and I perceived it as racist, I just thought nuke the page and hide the contents until someone sorted it. Thanks for the help! Equine-man (talk) 19:37, 30 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
No problem! RickinBaltimore (talk) 19:39, 30 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – September 2023[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (August 2023).

Guideline and policy news

  • Following an RfC, TFAs will be automatically semi-protected the day before it is on the main page and through the day after.
  • A discussion at WP:VPP about revision deletion and oversight for dead names found that [s]ysops can choose to use revdel if, in their view, it's the right tool for this situation, and they need not default to oversight. But oversight could well be right where there's a particularly high risk to the person. Use your judgment.

Technical news


  • The SmallCat dispute case has closed. As part of the final decision, editors participating in XfD have been reminded to be careful about forming local consensus which may or may not reflect the broader community consensus. Regular closers of XfD forums were also encouraged to note when broader community discussion, or changes to policies and guidelines, would be helpful.


  • Tech tip: The "Browse history interactively" banner shown at the top of Special:Diff can be used to easily look through a history, assemble composite diffs, or find out what archive something wound up in.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 09:22, 1 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

WP:G6 request[edit]

Hi, RickinBaltimore! Remember your salt protection on Aryan Khan in 20 December 2016? Check out the "Administrators needed" section of WP:RMTR up logging in; another of such unnecessary "DABber" request is waiting for you. See you there. Intrisit (talk) 16:42, 3 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Do I remember 2016? Hell I barely remember last week! I'll have a look, thank you. RickinBaltimore (talk) 17:13, 3 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Page moved. Since the subject has an article that passed AfD not too long ago it makes sense to move it. RickinBaltimore (talk) 17:16, 3 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


No problems, it was just so farcical I did not take it as seriously as I shoud have done. I treated it as more of a joke. Slatersteven (talk) 11:10, 4 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Years ago I would have, but in today's political climate I have no place for that kind of talk, whoever says it. I just didn't want to seem like I didn't trust your judgment, I very much did! RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:25, 4 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Change to the Functionary team[edit]

Following a request to the Committee, the CheckUser and Oversight permissions of RickinBaltimore (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA) have been restored.

For the Arbitration Committee, Primefac (talk) 08:21, 7 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discuss this at: Wikipedia talk:Arbitration Committee/Noticeboard § Change to the Functionary team

Foxbro69 might have a new sock[edit]

HummyPumny registered and headed straight for Interstate 20 in South Carolina, same as Waterson49.   –Skywatcher68 (talk) 13:43, 11 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Already blocked it looks like, thanks for the heads up! RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:53, 11 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Quite welcome. Jamie noticed them as a result of my requesting page protection.   –Skywatcher68 (talk) 14:27, 11 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Foxbro appears to have been in the sock drawer again.   –Skywatcher68 (talk) 13:13, 15 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yup, confirmed. No sleepers that I detected. RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:21, 15 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]