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Evidence presented by FeydHuxtable[edit]

Deletionists are a thing[edit]

In this comment at the request stage, a normally excellent editor seemed to imply the word "deletionist" should only be used ironically. Deletionists are real. Using afdstats its easy to find editors who vote Delete over 90% of the time. Having different people embody contrary principles can be a helpful opposition like finger & thumb, Defence v Prosecutor , red team/blue team etc. But it does risk friction which can cause deletionists to see their opposites as problematic for no good reason.

Exoneration for 13[edit]

13 is unlike the other 3 parties, who are high volume editors. Whereas 13 only participates in about 5 or 6 AfDs per month. He's been mentioned in a few ANIs, but far less than the other 3 parties. The two most recent ANIs came closer to ending with a boomerang rather than a sanction for 13, especially the ANI earlier this month. The June ANI was focussed on conduct at this AdD where the filer made the ridiculous reply to 13 that "Article improvement is *not* a proper response in the middle of an AfD" The ANI filer drew heavy criticism for this position, and to his credit didn't double down, instead retracting the view. 13 is to be commended for taking the time to improve articles at AfD. 13 isnt always word perfect, and it would be easy to cherry pic diffs making a case that he could benefit from a reminder. But while I argued against a boomerang for the last two editors who raised ANIs against 13, it would be absurd if their needless litigation is rewarded by seeing it lead to even a minor sanction like a caution for 13. Hopefully an exoneration is was what editor Ritchie333 had in mind when he said making 13 a party may stop getting things worse. (PS - none of this is to imply I see major problems with the other 3 editors - I don't)

Inaccurate statements from the Delete side[edit]

Back in the portals case it seemed necessary to point out that assertions from the delete side collapse under scrutiny. This may be the case again here. At the request stage a ludicrous assertion was made that 13 & I are among those "especially" likely to be involved in ANI fights. ARS editors like 13 & me are good as gold. On average I post to ANI less than once a month. Im not perfect but no ones going to be able to pick out diffs proving I typically edit there with a battlefield mentality. Mostly I just plead for moderation & fairness, including quite often for deletion leaning editors if I see them at risk of a sanction that I feel would not be net +ve for the encyclopedia, e.g. as I did last year for Mr Lambert FeydHuxtable (talk) 14:20, 18 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by Ritchie333[edit]

Johnpacklambert has an extensive log of sanctions, including two indefinite blocks[edit]

Looking at the block log:

Johnpacklambert has regularly been complained about on noticeboards[edit]

A common theme of these threads is that there is no obvious agreement or consensus on how to handle Johnpacklambert's behaviour Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 14:48, 18 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by S Marshall[edit]

Thanks to the committee for granting me 1,500 words.

7&6=thirteen (S Marshall)[edit]

I'm surprised and delighted to see 7&6=thirteen added as a party. He's the party I'm most concerned about.

Evidence: 1, 2

Narrative: In link 1, from November 2021 I proposed 7&6 should be topic banned from AfD. When I proposed this, I believed 7&6 had fabricated page numbers and falsified a source to stop an article being deleted. I believed this because the AfD was about Reginald V. Smith, and the source 7&6 cited (a) didn't mention Smith on or near the pages he cited, and (b) didn't contain the search string "Reginald". 7&6 couldn't explain this becase he couldn't recall the AfD.

During the subsequent discussion, Suffusion of Yellow found the problem. 7&6 had cited the page numbers from the wrong book. 7&6 cited pages 41, 384, 512 and 514 of this book (which only has 223 pages), but in fact Mr Smith was mentioned on pages 41, 384, 512, and 514 of this book.

I still have concerns with this, for the reasons Deor gave in that AN/I. Yes, Mr Smith is mentioned on those pages, but no, the book doesn't support the claims that 7&6 attributed to it. 7&6 attached that citation to the sentence: His wife Rogers Mae and sister Annie Marietta Smith-Randolph attended his graduation, but the source does not verify any of that at all. I can't offer diffs because this is deleted content, so I ask the committee to use advanced permissions to check for themselves.

Wugapodes closed that AN/I with no consensus for a formal sanction but a final warning for 7&6.

In link 2, which opened 8 days after Wug's closure, the community couldn't agree a remedy.

Evidence: Canvassing: 1, 2.

Narrative: I believe that 7&6, an editor with 144,000 edits since 6th November 2007, has called these edits "a mistake".

Evidence: Behaviour at AfD after Wugapodes' final warning: 1 (links a fandom page in an AfD and says "We have an obvious problem with Spanish language sources"); 2, passim but especially comments by Vanamonde93 here and subsequently.

Ten Pound Hammer (S Marshall)[edit]


  • 1, 28 January 2018 topic ban from AfD
  • 2, 4 August 2018 partial repeal
  • 3, 6 October 2019 full repeal, with closer's note that [T]he community seems unlikely to offer another chance after this.

Narrative: Note in that third link where TPH says: I understand why my topic-ban was imposed in the first place, and I will chalk it up to an overzealous attempt to clear out cleanup categories which led to a great deal of reckless nominations... I think that my above-mentioned method of watchlisting articles or other content that I find suitable for deletion, and watching them for a period of time before determining whether or not to nominate, will help me take a more measured, uncontroversial approach to the isuses that led to this ban in the first place.

Evidence: 1, start of discussion which is still open on AN/I right now.

Narrative: I fully endorse what Cunard says about TPH here, but please take particular note of the averages: 35 prods and 10 AfD nominations per day.

Evidence: Table of AfD nominations made by TPH starting 1 June 2022 (i.e. during that AN/I discussion).

46 AfD noms over 19 days
AfD Start date Outcome
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Klopman diamond (3rd nomination) 2022-06-19 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/ITunes Originals – Keith Urban 2022-06-19 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Spaceman Spiff (2nd nomination) 2022-06-19 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/This Christmas (Jessie James Decker EP) 2022-06-19 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Olympic Dreams (TV Series) 2022-06-18 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/History of street lighting in the United States 2022-06-17 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hammy's Boomerang Adventure 2022-06-17 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Andrew Scott Wills 2022-06-17 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Pop Life (TV series) 2022-06-17 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Unaired Buffy the Vampire Slayer pilot 2022-06-16 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/List of people on the postage stamps of Lithuania 2022-06-16 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Randy Tallman (2nd nomination) 2022-06-16 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/The Platinum Rule (How I Met Your Mother) 2022-06-16 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Math Suks 2022-06-16 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Tom and Jerry's Funhouse on TBS 2022-06-16 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Unwritten (House) 2022-06-16 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Paige Larson 2022-06-15 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/What's Next for Sarah? 2022-06-15 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/List of years in Pakistani television 2022-06-15 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/List of people on the postage stamps of Venezuela 2022-06-10 Delete
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/I'm Alive (TV series) 2022-06-10 Keep
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/List of people on the postage stamps of the Netherlands Antilles 2022-06-07 Delete
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Alpha mom 2022-06-07 Delete
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/List of people on the postage stamps of Denmark 2022-06-06 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Feeding Frenzy (TV series) 2022-06-06 Keep
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Perilous Journeys 2022-06-06 Redirect
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie: Original Motion Picture Score 2022-06-05 Merge
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/CBS Children's Mystery Theatre 2022-06-05 Keep
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Stick with Me, Kid 2022-06-05 Keep
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/The Best Sex Ever 2022-06-05 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Tickle-U 2022-06-05 Merge
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Lieutenant Boomer 2022-06-05 Redirect
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Whitney Tilson (2nd nomination) 2022-06-05 Delete
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Animal Planet Report 2022-06-04 Keep
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/SuperCars Exposed 2022-06-04 Redirect
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Space Hero 2022-06-04 Keep
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Shep Unplugged 2022-06-04 Redirect
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Shooting Gallery (TV series) 2022-06-04 Redirect
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sex Lives 2022-06-04 Delete
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Remix TV 2022-06-04 Delete
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Animal Icons 2022-06-04 Keep
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Darkover (TV series) 2022-06-04 Redirect
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Digital Age (TV series) 2022-06-01 Redirect
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Access Granted 2022-06-01 Not closed yet
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Fantasy Fix 2022-06-01 Delete
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Alpha Mom (TV series) 2022-06-01 Delete

Narrative: None of these AfD nominations is individually problematic. I present them here because, in the workshop phase, I will contend that TPH is overwhelming our deletion processes through sheer volume of nominations. Note the far lower nomination rate during that AN/I discussion and the far higher accuracy relative to the preceding period. I think this table shows TPH on his very best behaviour and it's the best we can expect from him without editing restrictions.

Evidence: 1, TPH says at AN/I I fully admit I act in haste way too much.... Instead of instantly nominating, my plan is to put questionable articles on the cleanup list. 2, time stamp one (1) minute later, he nominates an article for deletion. 3, time stamp two (2) minutes after that, he nominates another article for deletion. Further deletion nominations on the same day: 4, 5, 6, 7.

Narrative: TPH is well aware that his use of AfD is excessive. He pledges to restrain himself but can't actually do it unless there are community restrictions on him. He does comply with restrictions when they're made clear.

Evidence: Canvassing. 1, 2: "Obligatory ping of" to editors likely to !vote "delete", one of whom is of course another party to this case.

Evidence: Finally I present an absence of evidence: the committee won't see many diffs about TPH between 4 August 2018 and 6 October 2019.

Narrative: In the workshop phase, I will contend that TPH is a pro-social, rules-compliant editor who can follow editing restrictions. Others might say that TPH should be topic-banned from deletion-related venues, so the point of an "absence of evidence" section is to challenge this. A topic-ban worked; but another, lesser, but crystal-clear and rigorous restriction could well also work.

Lugnuts (S Marshall)[edit]

Evidence: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Narrative: Until 15th June Lugnuts' signature created linter errors. He was ignorant and obstreporous about changing it, and in that particular case, snide.

Evidence: 1, 2.

Narrative: Lugnuts has two community-imposed editing restrictions. In link 1 the community bans him from creating articles or converting redirects to articles, unless they have at least 500 words when created; in link 2 the community bans him from making changes that have no effect on the rendered page. (Lugnuts' reversion of attempts to fix linter errors in his signature breach this restriction). The community has tried and failed to agree what to do with the stubs Lugnuts created before this restriction came into force. See Cryptic's evidence below for a useful discussion of Johnpacklambert's attempts to deal with these stubs one by one at AfD.

Evidence: Canvassing. 1, 2.

Evidence: This tool.

Narrative: Lugnuts is the Wikipedian who has started the most articles: 94,367 of them. Lugnuts has 1.6m edits. The closest comparators are Dr Blofeld, who has started 93,898 articles and made 629k edits, and Carlossuarez46, who has started 73,255 articles and made 505k. There are no other Wikipedians who have started half as many articles as Lugnuts.

Lugnuts is remarkable not just as a prolific article starter, but also for making very high numbers of very small edits.

AfD stats (S Marshall)[edit]

I've selected April 2022 as a recent, relevant period to analyze. I used this tool to extract the raw data and I summarized the output manually. The results I got were:-

  • Edited 169 unique AfDs
  • Was the nominator in 123 of them.
  • Edited 47 unique AfDs
  • Wasn't the nominator in any of them.
  • Edited 182 unique AfDs
  • Was the nominator in 19 of them.
  • Edited 1 AfD.

Poorly-sourced stubs (S Marshall)[edit]

Evidence: 1

Narrative: The community doesn't know what to do about the numbers of poorly-sourced stubs. Although there isn't a consensus, there is a widespread and growing sense that this is a substantial problem and something needs to be done, even if we don't know what. From that discussion, we see that many of them are BLPs that met WP:NSPORTS when created but no longer do so.

Evidence presented by Cryptic[edit]

Johnpacklambert afds more of Lugnuts' articles than expected, but not by enough to constitute "harassment" as claimed[edit]

The collapsed table's only worth skimming; I talk about it in aggregate.

2022 afds by Johnpacklambert
AFD Nom. date Creator Result Non-hidden categories at nomination
WP:Articles for deletion/William Haskins 2022-01-03 Lugnuts delete 1914 births; 1998 deaths; American male rowers; Olympic rowers of the United States; Rowers at the 1936 Summer Olympics; People from Belmont, Massachusetts; Harvard Crimson rowers; Sportspeople from Middlesex County, Massachusetts; American rowing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Alma Lee 2022-01-04 Philafrenzy keep British philatelists; 1914 births; 2000 deaths; Signatories to the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists; Fellows of the Royal Philatelic Society London; British Army officers; British solicitors; 20th-century British lawyers; Women philatelists; Philatelist stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Robert Nevens 2022-01-05 Lugnuts delete[a] 1914 births; 1988 deaths; Athletes (track and field) at the 1936 Summer Olympics; Belgian male long-distance runners; Belgian male marathon runners; Olympic athletes of Belgium; Belgian athletics biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Edmund O. Schweitzer Jr. 2022-01-06 Hobo56 redirect American manufacturing businesspeople; 20th-century American inventors; 2000 deaths; 1914 births; American business biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Alex Brearley 2022-01-10 Doma-w soft delete 1913 births; 2001 deaths; Canoeists at the 1936 Summer Olympics; British male canoeists; Olympic canoeists of Great Britain; British canoeist stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Paul Fentress 2022-01-11 Doma-w delete 1913 births; 1983 deaths; American male field hockey players; Olympic field hockey players of the United States; Field hockey players at the 1936 Summer Olympics; American field hockey biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Charles Matteson (rower) 2022-01-13 Lugnuts redirect 1913 births; 1996 deaths; Canadian male rowers; Olympic rowers of Canada; Rowers at the 1936 Summer Olympics; Canadian rowing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Leonard G. G. Ramsey 2022-01-14 Winehoff keep British magazine editors; 1913 births; 1990 deaths; British writer stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Nicholas Tafuri 2022-01-18 WhisperToMe soft delete 1913 births; 1990 deaths; Animators from New York (state); Artists from Brooklyn; Fleischer Studios people; Famous Studios people; American people of Italian descent; American animator stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Salvador Alanís 2022-01-19 Lugnuts no consensus 1912 births; Athletes (track and field) at the 1932 Summer Olympics; Mexican male triple jumpers; Olympic athletes of Mexico; Central American and Caribbean Games medalists in athletics; Mexican athletics biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Marcel Chennaux 2022-01-20 Lugnuts redirect 1912 births; 2004 deaths; Luxembourgian male sport shooters; Olympic shooters of Luxembourg; Shooters at the 1960 Summer Olympics; People from Schengen, Luxembourg; European sport shooting biography stubs; Luxembourgian sportspeople stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Murray Golden 2022-01-21 Primogen no consensus 1912 births; 1991 deaths; American television directors; Artists from New York City; Television director stubs; Star Trek stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Marcel Heim 2022-01-24 Lugnuts redirect 1912 births; Belgian male fencers; Olympic fencers of Belgium; Fencers at the 1936 Summer Olympics; Belgian fencing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Stefan Lindeberg 2022-01-25 Lugnuts delete[b] 1912 births; 1974 deaths; Swedish male weightlifters; Olympic weightlifters of Sweden; Weightlifters at the 1936 Summer Olympics; People from Norrköping; Swedish weightlifting biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Gigi Parrish 2022-01-26 Cynthia B. keep 1912 births; 2006 deaths; American film actresses; American publishers (people); Actresses from Hartford, Connecticut; People from Orange County, California; 20th-century American actresses; WAMPAS Baby Stars; 21st-century American women
WP:Articles for deletion/Albert Robin 2022-01-27 Dogru144 delete Businesspeople from Chicago; Philanthropists from Illinois; 1912 births; 2007 deaths; 20th-century American philanthropists; 20th-century American businesspeople
WP:Articles for deletion/Edwin Turner (athlete) 2022-01-28 Lugnuts snow keep 1912 births; 1967 deaths; Athletes (track and field) at the 1932 Summer Olympics; American male middle-distance runners; Olympic track and field athletes of the United States; American middle-distance runner stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Lars Winqvist 2022-01-31 Lettler delete 1912 births; 1999 deaths; Sportspeople from Helsinki; Olympic sailors of Finland; Sailors at the 1936 Summer Olympics – 6 Metre; Finnish male sailors (sport); Finnish yacht racing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Mary Dees 2022-02-01 Wtimrock keep 1911 births; 2004 deaths; American film actresses; American stage actresses; Actresses from Syracuse, New York; People from Lake Worth Beach, Florida; People from Tuscaloosa, Alabama; 20th-century American actresses; 21st-century American women
WP:Articles for deletion/Gianna Guaita 2022-02-02 Lugnuts redirect 1911 births; Italian female artistic gymnasts; Olympic gymnasts of Italy; Gymnasts at the 1936 Summer Olympics; People from Busto Arsizio; Italian artistic gymnast stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/George Lawton (canoeist) 2022-02-03 Doma-w delete and redirect 1911 births; 1995 deaths; Canoeists at the 1936 Summer Olympics; British male canoeists; Olympic canoeists of Great Britain; British canoeist stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Juan Paz (swimmer) 2022-02-04 Lugnuts delete[a] 1911 births; Peruvian male freestyle swimmers; Olympic swimmers of Peru; Swimmers at the 1936 Summer Olympics; South American swimming biography stubs; Peruvian sportspeople stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Hans Riedl 2022-02-07 NED33 redirect Austrian male sailors (sport); Sailors at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Snowbird; Olympic sailors of Austria; 1911 births; Austrian yacht racing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Manuel Álvarez (sprinter) 2022-02-08 Doma-w no consensus 1910 births; Mexican male sprinters; Olympic athletes of Mexico; Athletes (track and field) at the 1932 Summer Olympics; Athletes from Mexico City; Competitors at the 1930 Central American and Caribbean Games; Central American and Caribbean Games gold medalists for Mexico; Central American and Caribbean Games medalists in athletics; Mexican athletics biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Buddy Bernier 2022-02-09 Stevouk keep 1910 births; 1983 deaths; People from Watertown, New York; American lyricists; Songwriters from New York (state)
WP:Articles for deletion/Henrique Camargo 2022-02-11 Lugnuts delete 1910 births; Brazilian male rowers; Olympic rowers of Brazil; Rowers at the 1936 Summer Olympics; Brazilian rowing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Sunset Range 2022-02-15 Bensin keep 1935 films; English-language films; American films; American black-and-white films; 1935 Western (genre) films; American Western (genre) films; Films directed by Ray McCarey; 1930s Western (genre) film stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/W. E. Lawrence 2022-02-16 Lugnuts keep 1896 births; 1947 deaths; American male film actors; American male silent film actors; People from Brooklyn; Male actors from New York City; 20th-century American male actors; American film actor, 1890s birth stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Veikko Huuskonen 2022-02-17 Doma-w keep 1910 births; 1973 deaths; Sportspeople from Helsinki; People from Uusimaa Province (Grand Duchy of Finland); Bantamweight boxers; Olympic boxers of Finland; Boxers at the 1936 Summer Olympics; Finnish male boxers; Finnish boxing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Marcel de Kerviler 2022-02-18 Lugnuts no consensus 1910 births; 1989 deaths; French male sailors (sport); Olympic sailors of France; Sailors at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Dragon; Sailors at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Dragon; Sportspeople from Angers; French yacht racing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Eugen Knoblauch 2022-02-21 Doma-w redirect 1910 births; Canoeists at the 1936 Summer Olympics; Olympic canoeists of Switzerland; Swiss male canoeists; Swiss canoeist stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Harris Nadar 2022-02-22 Mr n Mrs delete 1910 births; 1975 deaths; Indian jewellers; People from Kanyakumari district; Businesspeople from Tamil Nadu
WP:Articles for deletion/John Newman (ice hockey) 2022-02-23 Patken4 keep 1910 births; 1967 deaths; Canadian ice hockey left wingers; Detroit Red Wings players; Sportspeople from Ottawa; Ice hockey people from Ontario; Canadian ice hockey winger, 1910s births stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Lilian Staugaard 2022-02-24 Lugnuts delete[a] 1910 births; 1984 deaths; Danish female swimmers; Olympic swimmers of Denmark; Swimmers at the 1928 Summer Olympics; Sportspeople from Copenhagen; Danish swimming biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Rudolf Andreassen 2022-02-25 Doma-w delete 1909 births; 1983 deaths; Welterweight boxers; Olympic boxers of Norway; Boxers at the 1936 Summer Olympics; Norwegian male boxers; Norwegian martial arts biography stubs; European boxing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Edward Bradbrooke 2022-02-28 Racingmanager soft delete 1909 births; 1994 deaths; Athletes (track and field) at the 1930 British Empire Games; Athletes (track and field) at the 1934 British Empire Games; Commonwealth Games competitors for England; English male high jumpers; English athletics biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Guus van Ditzhuyzen 2022-03-01 Lugnuts redirect 1909 births; 1996 deaths; Dutch male rowers; Olympic rowers of the Netherlands; Rowers at the 1928 Summer Olympics; Sportspeople from Arnhem; Dutch rowing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Héctor García Ribeyro 2022-03-02 Vivaperucarajo redirect Mayors of Lima; 1909 births; 1963 deaths; Commandeurs of the Légion d'honneur; South American mayor stubs; Peruvian politician stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Ali Khalifa el-Zaidi 2022-03-03 Goltak delete[c] Recipients of the Bronze Wolf Award; Scouting and Guiding in Libya; 1909 births; 1967 deaths; Chief Scouts; People associated with Scouting stubs; Libyan people stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Amby Paliwoda 2022-03-04 Konczewski delete[d] 1909 births; 1999 deaths; American animators; Walt Disney Animation Studios people; Filmation people; Hanna-Barbera people; American animator stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Ethelmary Oakland 2022-03-07 Kedar63 keep 1909 births; 1999 deaths; American film actresses; American silent film actresses; American child actresses; 20th-century American actresses; American film actor, 1900s birth stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Hermann Weiss 2022-03-08 Doma-w keep 1909 births; Austrian ice hockey goaltenders; Ice hockey players at the 1928 Winter Olympics; Ice hockey players at the 1936 Winter Olympics; Olympic ice hockey players of Austria; Austrian ice hockey biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Georgi Belev 2022-03-09 Пакко keep 1908 births; 1966 deaths; Bulgarian operatic tenors; 20th-century Bulgarian male opera singers; People from Dimitrovgrad, Serbia
WP:Articles for deletion/Christopher Campbell (painter) 2022-03-10 Lugnuts snow keep 1908 births; 1972 deaths; 20th-century Irish painters; Irish male painters; Olympic competitors in art competitions; Painters from Dublin (city); Irish painter stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Carl Erickson (screenwriter) 2022-03-14 NeocNeoc keep American male screenwriters; 1908 births; 1935 deaths; 20th-century American male writers; 20th-century American screenwriters; Suicides by firearm in California
WP:Articles for deletion/Minoru Takarabe 2022-03-15 Lugnuts redirect 1908 births; Japanese male sailors (sport); Olympic sailors of Japan; Sailors at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Star; Japanese yacht racing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Virgil Ioan 2022-03-16 Lugnuts redirect 1908 births; 1986 deaths; Athletes (track and field) at the 1928 Summer Olympics; Romanian decathletes; Olympic athletes of Romania; Sportspeople from Focșani; Romanian athletics biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Hancock County High School 2022-03-17 Eric collins2013 keep Public high schools in Tennessee; Schools in Hancock County, Kentucky; Schools in Hancock County, Tennessee; Public high schools in Kentucky; Public middle schools in Tennessee; Tennessee school stubs; East Tennessee geography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Werner Mund 2022-03-18 Lugnuts redirect 1908 births; Belgian male fencers; Belgian épée fencers; Belgian foil fencers; Olympic fencers of Belgium; Fencers at the 1932 Summer Olympics; Sportspeople from Antwerp; Belgian fencing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Franco Orgera 2022-03-21 Lugnuts keep 1908 births; Italian male modern pentathletes; Olympic modern pentathletes of Italy; Modern pentathletes at the 1936 Summer Olympics; European modern pentathlon biography stubs; Italian sportspeople stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Johann Wotapek 2022-03-22 Oceanh keep 1908 births; 1982 deaths; Austrian male discus throwers; Athletes (track and field) at the 1936 Summer Olympics; Olympic athletes of Austria; Austrian athletics biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/André Bautier 2022-03-23 Lugnuts redirect 1907 births; Belgian ice hockey players; Olympic ice hockey players of Belgium; Ice hockey players at the 1928 Winter Olympics; Belgian winter sports biography stubs; European ice hockey biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Stanley Bell 2022-03-24 Racingmanager keep 1907 births; English male swimmers; Commonwealth Games medallists in swimming; Commonwealth Games silver medallists for England; Swimmers at the 1930 British Empire Games; English sportspeople stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Giuseppe Fago 2022-03-25 Lugnuts redirect 1907 births; 1977 deaths; Italian male sailors (sport); Olympic sailors of Italy; Sailors at the 1936 Summer Olympics – O-Jolle; People from La Spezia; Italian yacht racing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Teresa Ferster Glazier 2022-03-28 Kitia keep 1907 births; 2004 deaths; 20th-century American non-fiction writers; 20th-century American women writers; American textbook writers; Women textbook writers; American women non-fiction writers; 21st-century American women; American non-fiction writer stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Mathias Logelin 2022-03-29 Lugnuts delete[a] 1907 births; 1999 deaths; Luxembourgian male artistic gymnasts; Olympic gymnasts of Luxembourg; Gymnasts at the 1928 Summer Olympics; Gymnasts at the 1936 Summer Olympics; People from Differdange; Luxembourgian sportspeople stubs; European artistic gymnast stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Oswald Rantucci 2022-03-31 Deeperknowledge22 delete American classical guitarists; American male guitarists; 1988 deaths; 1907 births; 20th-century classical musicians; 20th-century American guitarists; 20th-century American male musicians
WP:Articles for deletion/America Iglesias Thatcher 2022-04-01 Weisbrod no consensus 1907 births; 1989 deaths; Puerto Rican people stubs; American activist stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Henryk Breit 2022-04-04 Halibutt no consensus 1906 births; 1941 deaths; Polish philologists; 20th-century Polish journalists; Polish civilians killed in World War II; Polish people executed by the Soviet Union; 20th-century philologists; Polish writer stubs; European journalist stubs; Mass media in Poland stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Irwin M. Heiman 2022-04-06 Wikited delete 1906 births; 1977 deaths; American stamp dealers; American philatelistsPeople from California; Businesspeople from New York City; Philately of Mexico; American auctioneers; Philatelic auctioneers; 20th-century American businesspeople; American Philatelic Society; American philatelist stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Jacques Legrand (resistance leader) 2022-04-07 Dr. Blofeld keep French Resistance members; Resistance members who died in Nazi concentration camps; 20th-century French engineers; French civilians killed in World War II; 1906 births; 1944 deaths; French military personnel stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Aurel Mărăcescu 2022-04-09 Miller17CU94 redirect 1906 births; 1997 deaths; Romanian male bobsledders; Olympic bobsledders of Romania; Bobsledders at the 1936 Winter Olympics; Romanian bobsleigh biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Lauri Nurminen 2022-04-10 Anthony Winward delete 1906 births; 2009 deaths; Finnish centenarians; Men centenarians; People of the Finnish Civil War (White side)
WP:Articles for deletion/Andy Roesch 2022-04-11 Swalsh2008 keep American speed skating biography stubs; 1906 births; 1977 deaths; American male speed skaters
WP:Articles for deletion/Haris Šveminas 2022-04-12 Lugnuts redirect 1906 births; Athletes (track and field) at the 1928 Summer Olympics; Lithuanian male sprinters; Olympic athletes of Lithuania; Lithuanian athletics biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/José María, Count de Arteche 2022-04-14 NED33 redirect Sailors at the 1928 Summer Olympics – 6 Metre; Olympic sailors of Spain; Sportspeople from Bilbao; 1905 births; 1969 deaths; Spanish male sailors (sport); Sailors (sport) from the Basque Country (autonomous community); Spanish yacht racing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Grady Auvil 2022-04-15 delete American food company founders; People from Douglas County, Washington; 1998 deaths; 1905 births; Businesspeople from Washington (state); 20th-century American businesspeople; People from Chelan County, Washington; 20th-century American philanthropists
WP:Articles for deletion/Luis Casíllas 2022-04-18 Lugnuts keep 1905 births; Mexican male modern pentathletes; Olympic modern pentathletes of Mexico; Modern pentathletes at the 1936 Summer Olympics; North American modern pentathlon biography stubs; Mexican sportspeople stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Will Ingwersen 2022-04-19 keep 1905 births; 1990 deaths; British artist stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/V. John Krehbiel 2022-04-20 Postcard Cathy keep 1905 births; 1997 deaths; 20th-century American diplomats; Ambassadors of the United States to Finland; California Republicans; Insurance underwriters; American business biography, 1900s birth stubs; American diplomat stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Lena Michaëlis 2022-04-21 Materialscientist keep 1905 births; 1982 deaths; Dutch female discus throwers; Athletes (track and field) at the 1928 Summer Olympics; Olympic athletes of the Netherlands; Sportspeople from The Hague; Dutch athletics biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/René Lacelle 2022-04-25 Miller17CU94 redirect 1905 births; 1988 deaths; Canoeists at the 1936 Summer Olympics; French male canoeists; Olympic canoeists of France; French canoeist stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Bailey Walsh 2022-04-26 Jjmillerhistorian keep 1905 births; 1962 deaths; People from Memphis, Tennessee; Tennessee Republicans; Tennessee politician stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Jimmy Baxter (footballer, born 1904) 2022-04-27 Ex-User777 keep 1904 births; Footballers from Glasgow; Scottish footballers; Leicester City F.C. players; Reading F.C. players; Torquay United F.C. players; Boston United F.C. players; Association football wing halves; Parkhead F.C. players; Scottish football midfielder, 1900s birth stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Otis T. Carr 2022-04-29 Cokerwr keep UFO-related phenomena; 1904 births; 1982 deaths[e]
WP:Articles for deletion/Emmanouil Gneftos 2022-05-02 Lugnuts redirect 1904 births; Greek male boxers; Olympic boxers of Greece; Boxers at the 1924 Summer Olympics; Welterweight boxers; Greek martial arts biography stubs; European boxing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Carl Lindberg (2nd nomination) 2022-05-03 Doma-w redirect 1904 births; 1984 deaths; Sportspeople from Copenhagen; Light-heavyweight boxers; Olympic boxers of Denmark; Boxers at the 1924 Summer Olympics; Danish male boxers; Danish boxing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/William Riedell 2022-05-04 Lugnuts keep 1904 births; 1952 deaths; American male sport shooters; Olympic shooters of the United States; Shooters at the 1936 Summer Olympics; Sportspeople from New York City; American sport shooting biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Bob Starkey (rower) 2022-05-05 Lugnuts redirect 1904 births; 1978 deaths; British male rowers; Olympic rowers of Great Britain; Rowers at the 1928 Summer Olympics; Sportspeople from Nottingham; British rowing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Charles L. Brainard 2022-05-06 CD972 keep Architects from Kansas; 1988 deaths; 1903 births; 20th-century American architects; People from Abilene, Kansas
WP:Articles for deletion/Rex Hazlewood 2022-05-09 Kintetsubuffalo keep The Scout Association; 1903 births; People associated with Scouting stubs; British business biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Floyd Matthews 2022-05-10 Scanlan keep 1903 births; 2008 deaths; American centenarians; Men centenarians; United States Navy personnel of World War II; United States Navy officers; People from Florence, Alabama; United States Navy personnel stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/John Woodcock (cyclist) 2022-05-12 Lugnuts keep 1903 births; 1965 deaths; Irish male cyclists; Olympic cyclists of Ireland; Cyclists at the 1928 Summer Olympics; Irish cycling biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Spyridon Ferentinos 2022-05-13 Lugnuts redirect 1902 births; Greek male foil fencers; Olympic fencers of Greece; Fencers at the 1936 Summer Olympics; European fencing biography stubs; Greek martial arts biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Hank Frierson 2022-05-16 Lugnuts keep 1902 births; 1982 deaths; American male equestrians; Olympic equestrians of the United States; Equestrians at the 1948 Summer Olympics; Sportspeople from Knoxville, Tennessee; American equestrian biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Stanisław Kądziołka 2022-05-17 Gamsbart redirect 1902 births; 1971 deaths; Polish military patrol (sport) runners; Military patrol competitors at the 1924 Winter Olympics; Olympic biathletes of Poland; Sportspeople from Zakopane; Polish male biathletes; European biathlon biography stubs; Polish winter sports biography stubs; Ski mountaineering biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Edward Maw 2022-05-23 Lugnuts redirect 1902 births; 1991 deaths; British male swimmers; Olympic swimmers of Great Britain; Swimmers at the 1924 Summer Olympics; British male breaststroke swimmers; British swimming biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Cecil E. Rhode 2022-05-24 Anderswarr keep 1902 births; 1979 deaths; 20th-century American non-fiction writers; Journalists from North Dakota; National Geographic Society; People from Homer, Alaska; People from Renville County, North Dakota; Writers from Alaska; Photographers from North Dakota; Photographers from Alaska; Writers from North Dakota; 20th-century American journalists; American male journalists; 20th-century American male writers; Alaska people stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Otto Schröder 2022-05-25 Lugnuts redirect 1902 births; German male fencers; Olympic fencers of Germany; Fencers at the 1936 Summer Olympics; German fencing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Lal Singh Thind 2022-05-26 Satbir Singh delete Punjabi people; Indian farmers; 1973 deaths; 1902 births
WP:Articles for deletion/Josef Bušek 2022-05-27 Lugnuts delete 1901 births; Czechoslovak male water polo players; Olympic water polo players of Czechoslovakia; Water polo players at the 1928 Summer Olympics; Water polo players at the 1936 Summer Olympics; Czech sportspeople stubs; European water polo biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Julian F. Harrington 2022-05-31 Johnpacklambert delete 1901 births; Columbia University School of General Studies alumni; Ambassadors of the United States to Panama; 1984 deaths; People from Framingham, Massachusetts; Consul General of the United States in Hong Kong and Macau; American expatriates in Spain; American expatriates in Mexico; American expatriates in Canada; American diplomat stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Tom Kerry 2022-06-01 Bronks delete 1901 births; 1983 deaths; People from Boston; American people of Irish descent; Members of the Socialist Party of America; Members of the Communist Party USA; Members of the Socialist Workers Party (United States); American activists
WP:Articles for deletion/Charles Massonnat 2022-06-02 Lugnuts redirect 1901 births; 1986 deaths; French male rowers; Olympic rowers of France; Rowers at the 1928 Summer Olympics; French rowing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Denia Nixon 2022-06-03 Johnpacklambert speedy delete Bahamian beauty pageant winners; Miss Universe 2005 contestants; Living people; 1986 births; Beauty pageant contestant stubs; Bahamian people stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Raúl Antoli 2022-06-06 Lugnuts redirect 1900 births; Argentine male equestrians; Olympic equestrians of Argentina; Equestrians at the 1928 Summer Olympics; Argentine equestrian biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Lists of people on postage stamps 2022-06-07 Eclecticology keep Lists of people on postage stamps
WP:Articles for deletion/Roy Ingram 2022-06-08 Doma-w open 1900 births; 1972 deaths; Boxers from Belfast; Welterweight boxers; Olympic boxers of South Africa; Boxers at the 1920 Summer Olympics; Boxers at the 1924 Summer Olympics; Irish emigrants to South Africa; South African male boxers; South African boxing biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Frans Kuijper 2022-06-09 Lugnuts speedy keep 1900 births; 1987 deaths; Dutch male water polo players; Olympic water polo players of the Netherlands; Water polo players at the 1928 Summer Olympics; Water polo players from Amsterdam; Dutch water polo biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/John Francis Rider (philatelist) 2022-06-10 Philafrenzy merge Signatories to the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists; 1900 births; 1985 deaths; American philatelists; American philatelist stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Stanley Stair 2022-06-13 Anthony Winward open 1900 births; 2008 deaths; British centenarians; Men centenarians; British West Indies Regiment soldiers
WP:Articles for deletion/Peter Beveridge (diver) 2022-06-14 Racingmanager open 1899 births; English male divers; Divers at the 1934 British Empire Games; Commonwealth Games competitors for England; British diving (sport) biography stubs
WP:Articles for deletion/Orla Olsen 2022-06-15 Lugnuts open 1899 births; 1949 deaths; Athletes (track and field) at the 1928 Summer Olympics; Danish male long-distance runners; Danish male marathon runners; Olympic athletes of Denmark; Sportspeople from Copenhagen; Danish athletics biography stubs
  1. ^ a b c d related redirect created by Lugnuts afterward
  2. ^ unrelated redirect created by Cbl62 afterward
  3. ^ related redirect created by Evrik afterward
  4. ^ related article recreated by DiamondRemley39 afterward
  5. ^ Categories taken from after the afd close, not the nomination, as much of the article's history was later suppressed.

(As an aside, WP:Articles for deletion/George Lawton (canoeist) and WP:Articles for deletion/Hans Riedl are of particular interest: Johnpacklambert had redirected the article; Lugnuts undid the redirects, prompting the afds; during which Lugnuts voted at least in part to redirect.)

Total afds: 103

98 afd are of pages in the 1898-1914 births categories. (I deliberately omit W. E. Lawrence or Denia Nixon, not because their 1896 and 1986 birth years are outside of this arbitrary-looking range, but because they're the only ones where the birth year is not getting monotonically earlier.) Of those, 83 were tagged stubs; among the other 15, I'd call 8 of them stub-length at the time of nomination despite being untagged (example).

So some 95% of Johnpacklambert's afds since the start of the year have clearly been from working backwards through the year-of-birth categories. Further, either 81% or 88% of the total are stubs, depending on whether only tagged ones are counted.

38 of the afds are of pages where Lugnuts had the first edit. All 38 were tagged stubs, and all except W. E. Lawrence were in the 1898-1914 birth year categories.

37 out of 98 pages, ignoring the outliers on both sides, being Lugnuts' creations seems like a lot at 38%. Here's the data on who created the stubs currently in those categories:

Pages in both Category:1898-1914 births and Category:All stub articles
Birth year Total pages # created by Lugnuts % raw data
1898 2220 326 14.7% here
1899 2169 353 16.3% here
1900 2298 403 17.5% here
1901 2271 390 17.2% here
1902 2353 422 17.9% here
1903 2392 413 17.3% here
1904 2391 441 18.4% here
1905 2421 395 16.3% here
1906 2481 392 15.8% here
1907 2497 409 16.4% here
1908 2591 422 16.3% here
1909 2563 433 16.9% here
1910 2573 422 16.4% here
1911 2613 397 15.2% here
1912 2774 472 17.0% here
1913 2734 452 16.5% here
1914 2778 446 16.1% here
Total 42119 6988 16.6%

So, while Lugnuts is by far the most prolific creator of stubs in these categories, and even though the numbers above won't include any pages that were deleted, redirected, or otherwise lost the stub tag by today, there's still significantly more afds of his articles than you'd expect.

Johnpacklambert's said repeatedly that he's been paying particular attention to Olympics-related stubs. That's less immediately obvious looking at the articles' categories than the birth year categories are; still, 55 out of these afds are pages in at least one category containing "Olympi". This includes all 37 of the pages Lugnuts created except W. E. Lawrence.

So about 67% of the Olympics-related stubs in yearly categories that Johnpacklambert nominated are Lugnuts creations. The data:

Pages in Category:1898-1914 births, Category:All stub articles, and a category containing "Olympi"
Birth year Total pages # created by Lugnuts % raw data
1898 418 212 50.7% here
1899 433 214 49.4% here
1900 503 278 55.3% here
1901 510 262 51.4% here
1902 530 296 55.8% here
1903 487 283 58.1% here
1904 540 307 56.9% here
1905 518 263 50.8% here
1906 548 267 48.7% here
1907 524 265 50.6% here
1908 568 286 50.4% here
1909 555 279 50.3% here
1910 542 289 53.3% here
1911 546 262 48.0% here
1912 621 316 50.9% here
1913 591 314 53.1% here
1914 576 304 52.8% here
Total 9010 4697 52.1%

Numbers in that table are, again, going to skew slightly low since it's existing stubs as of today, but not enough to matter. —Cryptic 17:05, 18 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Counting just non-medalist Olympian stubs in those yearly categories: 7108 total, 4578 by Lugnuts for 64.4% (data). I'm less confident in this query's methodology than the ones above. —Cryptic 18:00, 21 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Lugnuts' signature[edit]

Lugnuts finally fixed his signature on June 15 [1]. That said, the consequences of using obsolete tags for so long aren't limited to the snippiness as he reverted people fixing it. The entirety of WP:Bots/Noticeboard ([2]) and 23 of its most recent archive ([3]) are currently devoted to complaining about the volume of editing from the bot that's eventually going to have to go around and fix every single one of those signatures. —Cryptic 17:19, 21 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Current status of Lugnuts' mainspace creations[edit]

data. —Cryptic 15:21, 25 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by Aquillion[edit]

7&6=thirteen (Aquillion)[edit]

The concept of the search requirement in WP:BEFORE is controversial[edit]

  • Several editors have asked for sanctions based on WP:BEFORE; however, BEFORE is part of the general instructions on Wikipedia:Articles for deletion, which is, as it happens, neither a policy nor a guideline. The relevant guideline is instead WP:NEXIST, which, in fact, directly contradicts the presumption that doing a search for sources before nominating something for deletion is a hard requirement, saying that ...before proposing or nominating an article for deletion, or offering an opinion based on notability in a deletion discussion, editors are strongly encouraged to attempt to find sources for the subject in question and consider the possibility that sources may still exist even if their search failed to uncover any. The interpretation that people who want to nominate an article for deletion are required (rather than "strongly encouraged") to search for sources first also clearly contradicts WP:BURDEN, which places the burden for that search on the creator or on people who wish to retain it. See relevant discussions [38][39], as well as the community response in the ANIs linked above; these show that the interpretation that BEFORE is a hard requirement is clearly not uncontroversial. --Aquillion (talk) 07:41, 24 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by Beccaynr[edit]

7&6=thirteen has regularly been complained about on noticeboards[edit]

  • 21 June 2019: Canvassing and other disruptive behavior by 7&6=thirteen - closed as: "It's doubtful that anything good will result from leaving this thread open any longer."
  • 2 August 2020: Aspersions at ARS - 7&6=thirteen listed as a party, archived without closure
  • 23 February 2021: User:Mztourist and 153 articles redirect-merged without discussion - closed as: "There is consensus that the mergers and/or redirects by Mztourist at issue here, which concern articles about people after whom ships were named, were appropriate. 7&6=thirteen is warned to avoid personal attacks or other aggressive conduct towards fellow editors, or they may face sanctions. There is however no consensus to impose sanctions on 7&6=thirteen at this time."
  • 31 October 2021: ARS Proposal #2: Topic ban for 7&6=thirteen - closed as: "No consensus for a formal sanction. The main proposal cites an alleged incident of 7&6=13 fabricating a source as its only justification, but subsequent discussion demonstrated that this was likely a good faith error where two sources got confused. Given that explanation and the lack of other evidence in the proposal editors were hesitant to implement a formal topic ban. However, editors raised concerns about the behavior of 7&6=13 unrelated to the alleged fabrication such as civility concerns and the quality of sourcing offered in general at AFD discussions. These were raised in individual comments and generally did not demonstrate sufficient consensus that a topic ban was an appropriate solution. While there is no consensus for a formal sanction, this discussion should serve as a sufficient, final warning. If problems continue, administrators responding to editor concerns should consider resolving the issue using existing tools."
  • 11 November 2021: 7&6=thirteen's behavior hasn't improved - closed as: "This is all a horrible time sink and it's clear that the community can't determine an outcome. I suggest that the next time someone feels the urge to take an ARS-related matter here, they (a) hold their peace or (b) let their gaze fall upon Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests."
  • 11 June 2022: 7&6=thirteen's behavior *still* hasn't improved closed as: "I think that's quite enough bickering. However, it is clear that ANI is not the location that this type of disagreement can be solved, that location would be ArbCom, if anyone is brave enough to start a case."

Note: I used the string u|1=7&6=thirteen to search Noticeboards.

7&6=thirteen and WP:IDHT[edit]

Two warnings by ANI closers are noted above. In the most recent ANI, 7&6=thirteen states, I am acutely aware of the warnings, pained by them. Even though the prior warning was premised on a false assumption, since I never made up sources. [40], appears to refer to the prior warnings as mere allegations [41], and states, I am not disputing the prior warnings, even though they were wrong in my opinion. [42]. On the Talk page of this case, 7&6=thirteen states on 18 June, I have been repeatedly subjected to vexatious ANIs by an organized group. This becomes inevitably deletionists as the suspected protagonists. [43]

Evidence presented by LaundryPizza03[edit]

In the discussion below, the user TenPoundHammer (talk · contribs) will be abbreviated as "TPH".

TenPoundHammer nominates pages for deletion rapid-fire[edit]

TenPoundHammer sometimes bludgeons AfD discussions they have initiated[edit]

Other misconduct at AfD by TenPoundHammer[edit]

TenPoundHammer has been subject to ANI discussion on multiple occasions[edit]

LaundryPizza03 (d) 16:19, 19 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by Artw[edit]

TenPoundHammer untruths in edit summaries[edit]

  • Redirected an article with the comment "unsourced", article contained a source. [44]
  • Started an AfD with the statement "[45] - Prod was actually contested with the statement "decline prod. No evidence of WP:BEFORE being performed" [46].

TenPoundHammer recklessly deleting attempting deletion (by Prod or Redirect) or starting AfD discussions without performing proper WP:BEFORE[edit]

  • On an AfD based on a prior prod of theirs: Claimed a Emmy award was unsubstantiated, sources for the award were subsequently added after trivial searching. [47]
  • Redirected an article with a simple "not notable". Article has the cited claim that its subject contains "the first lesbian sex scene ever on American network TV" [48], which seems like something that should probably get it an AfD at minimum.
  • Blanked an article for an unaired Buffy the Vampire Slayer pilot with ""[49]. Article was restored with comment "AfD it", which TPM proceeded to do[50], though they state "Redirect contested without comment". They also state "The pilot has never been officially released, meaning that the plot synopsis fails WP:V.", which is makes no sense, and "I could find no better sources." - when asked about BEFORE he replied "I did, and all I found were clickbait listicles from unreliable sources, fandom wikis, Reddit, and bootlegs of the pilot. "[51] - upon searching thsi was found not be the case and additional sources were predictably added by other users with trivial effort.
  • Nominated The Adventures of Superboy for deletion with the claim "Nothing on, ProQuest, or Google Books". [52]. Sources were subsequently found and added via Google books, at which point he modified the AfD listing [53] and continued to comment as if it had been that way all along. [54].

Other sketchy statements by TenPoundHammer[edit]

  • AfD claims "a brief burst of sourcing at the initial announcement, but literally nothing afterward" - looking at sources they spanned a period of multiple years. [55]. Article is a ridiculously obvious merge candidate but that is not a path they took for some reason.

Evidence presented by Mangoe[edit]

Review of mass article creation has proven contentious[edit]

A great deal of contention has arisen over the need to clean up mass creations of stubby articles. I have personally experienced this in the effort to clean up the geostubs but it appears to be an pervasive issue:

  • A year ago, the Carlossuarez46 case came to ARBCOM after many complaints about that user's response (or lack thereof) to the cleanup of hundreds of stub article on places in California as well as in other states.
  • At around the same time, User:Lugnuts was taken to AN/I for a mass creation spate of Turkish place names (see [56]). He lost the autopatrolled right after a long discussion.
  • There was also a massive AN/I case concerning the Article Rescue Squadron and its members (see [57]) which resulted in two editors being banned from AfD participation. A third has been made a party to this case.

Stub cleanup is a massive effort[edit]

I have been among those devoted to the cleanup effort for stub place articles, and I discover that since February 2018 I have nominated on the order of 1200 such articles for deletion, most of which were deleted. I suspect others have nominated substantially more. This does not count PRODs, nor the articles I reviewed and decided not to nominate. I would estimate we are at best 70% done looking at US locations; there are many other countries which are probably in much worse shape.

Comparison of AfD activity[edit]

Using the Afd Stat tool, I have compiled the following:

Participation and accuracy for last 500 AfDs as of 20 June
User %Keep %Delete Accuracy Nom Accuracy
Lugnuts 52% 18% 79% 82%
John Pack Lambert 0.2% 98% 88% 65%
Ten Pound Hammer 3% 97% 59% 50%
Andrew Davidson 90% 1% 54% 43%
Mangoe 2% 92% 80% 83%

I have included an example of someone banned from AfD per the ARS case, as well as myself. Note that AD's delete "votes" consist entirely of his eight nominations, so the nomination accuracy figure is imprecise.

Evidence presented by MER-C[edit]

Abuse by spammers[edit]

AFD has become the subject of systematic and pervasive abuse from undisclosed spam sockpuppets. Tactics, techniques, and procedures vary - some socks create poor quality nominations in order to burnish their credentials to get new page patrol permissions, some nominate articles created by competitors, some participate in "spam canvassing" to keep spam articles (e.g. Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/TrendSpider, Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Thinkmarkets) disguised with lots of low quality votes on other discussions, and some use AFD as a means of pressuring article subjects to pay for spamming services. See e.g. Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/SpareSeiko, Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/GermanKity, Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Sanketio31, and Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Expertwikiguy. Checkuser has not been an effective tool in stopping the abuse, which is too close to the threshold of detection via other means.

I don't think it is likely that ArbCom have any additional means they can reasonably bring forth to curb this abuse. However, I am providing this section for context and in the small chance that they do.

Evidence presented by Northamerica1000[edit]

Johnpacklambert's drive-by !voting and disregard of WP:NEXIST[edit]

At times, Johnpacklambert appears to base their !votes at AfD only upon the state of sourcing within articles, going entirely against the grain of WP:NEXIST, part of the main Notability guideline page. It's concerning because as a longstanding, active contributor at AfD, one would assume he would be cognizant of the concepts presented there. It seems that at times that the user omits performing WP:BEFORE searches, as evidenced in discussions where others easily found sources. Also, the user has engaged in binges of rapid-fire, drive-by !voting, also an indicator of likelihood that WP:BEFORE searches are not performed.

The user sometimes bases deletion decisions upon their own personal subjective interpretations and opinions, rather than upon guidelines and policies. A direct example of Johnpacklambert ignoring WP:NEXIST exists at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Pani, from April 2021 (diff, diff). The user was essentially using conflation to synthesize their own subjective guideline, rather than basing arguments for deletion upon existing guidelines that were decided upon by consensus.

See below for examples of the binge drive-by !voting at AfD (note the times) and the basing of notability solely upon the state of sourcing in articles. All times are in UTC. North America1000 06:41, 20 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

May 2022

April 2021

March 2021

GiantSnowman's drive-by !voting[edit]

Regarding GiantSnowman's relistings comment: the relistings occurred per the very concerns presented herein about the respondents in those discussions, GiantSnowman and Johnpacklambert. Per their trite and often rapid, copy-pasted nature, such !votes come across as a straw poll form of simple, elemental voting, but AfD discussions are not a vote. Such !votes typically carry very little to no weight. Furthermore, AfD discusion closures are not based upon straw poll forms of voting. See WP:DELAFD: "These processes are not decided through a head count". The identical copy/paste rationale "no evidence of notability. If sources are found please ping me", along with the rapid nature of many of the !votes, comes across as potentially basing notability only upon the state of sourcing in articles, against WP:NEXIST. Also, relists are typically identical by their very nature; they're not !votes. North America1000 00:36, 6 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Update: Per GiantSnowman's comment, I will AGF and I take them at their word. At this time, I will leave the content directly above in place, but solely as an example of potential indicators and patterns at AfD that users may see that may come across as suspicious, potentially existing as drive-by, straw poll !voting. I've struck some content above. North America1000 21:55, 7 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


At the ANI discussion, the user stated they're trying to slow down, but that they are apparently unable to actually do so (diff). User reply there: diff. North America1000 18:56, 9 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by NotReallySoroka[edit]

Lugnuts’ OTHERSTUFF[edit]

I came across Lugnuts in a recent RfD, Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2022 June 18#Walter Engelmann, where they commented on the user's previous comments elsewhere ("User has previously recommended..."), necessitating a clarification. NotReallySoroka (talk) 15:45, 20 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by JoelleJay[edit]

It generally takes incivility to trigger sanctions on editors who have poor !voting behavior at AfD[edit]

See how long it took before we even got TBAN proposals against several ARS members: [58], [59], [60]. There was wide agreement in identifying specific behaviors as longterm problems, including misrepresenting source coverage, availability, number, relevance, and quality; accusing nominators/other !voters of incompetence; mischaracterizing P&Gs and others' arguments; and generally wasting editors' time with pointless and unsupported commentary: [61] [62], [63], [64], [65], [66], and basically every other support !vote in the last TBAN. So why didn't more admins step in much earlier with warnings after particular instances of misbehavior? I think the justifiable reluctance from admins at AfD to get involved in anything outside of closing, in case it compromises their apparent neutrality; and the lack of patrolling by non-closer admins; results in behavioral issues that aren't of the obvious incivility/socking/SPA/legal type being completely ignored outside of occasional closing statements.

Misleading assertions of source reliability, coverage, independence, and general compliance with guidelines[edit]

Example: Ortizesp has a long history of throwing in guideline-deficient !votes that do not advance consensus: [67], [68], [69], [70], [71], [72], and more recently of making baseless assertions that GNG is met. See here, where, after saying "Guys, please stop taking the lazy way out and do a proper BEFORE, AFD isn't supposed to be a removal tool", he insists a blog, single-sentence mentions, media releases from the subject's own team, and an article on a different person are valid and significant coverage after someone called him out about them. Here he states a blog interview is "independent and reliable". Same here. Ortizesp has been directly informed dozens of times by me, Ravenswing, BilledMammal, and many others that his understanding of guidelines is incorrect and that the types of sources he claims meet GNG emphatically do not. His <45% success rate for keeping should be another indicator he is not aligned with consensus, and yet he continues to make the same disruptive contributions without any consequences. He has also resorted to PAs and accusations of racism [73] on the rare occasions he responds substantively to another !voter. Please consider this a request to add him as a party. EDIT: more examples: Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Peter_Beniseau, Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Zabihollah_Kohkan, Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Teyah_Lindo

Here are some athlete AfDs where we see a number of keep !voters repeatedly making the same guideline-deficient or source-misrepresenting arguments even when consensus is regularly against them:

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  1. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Jake_Burton_(footballer),
  2. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Katie_Nixon,
  3. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Sione_Uhatahi
  4. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Lelo_Sejean_(5th_nomination),
  5. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Randolph_Lablache,
  6. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Treyten_Lapcevich,
  7. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Alopua_Petoa_(2nd_nomination),
  8. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Mervat_Rashwan,
  9. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Mathias_Logelin,
  10. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Tony_Frias
  11. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Sarah_Forbes_(cricketer) (renominated and deleted, with chastising of keep arguments by the new closer)
  12. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Ihor_Parkhomenko
  13. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Karotu_Bakaane
  14. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Jordon_Hall
  15. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/George_Moleski
  16. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Tobias_Linse
  17. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Viliamu_Sekifu
  18. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Mau_Penisula
  19. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Indrit_Cullhaj
  20. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Mark_Uhatahi

A sampling of some of the athlete AfDs in the last 2ish years where closers (comprising 15 different admins) explicitly criticize the weakness of the keep arguments, and/or emphasize that !votes without guideline backing are given very little weight, and/or affirm a consensus interpretation of a guideline specifically in rebuttal to keep arguments; just scanning the keep !votes you can see the same group of editors continuing to ignore such closer feedback:

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  1. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Qaiser_Iqbal,
  2. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Sepetaio_Nokisi,
  3. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Tarek_Aggoun,
  4. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Percy_Baker_(gymnast),
  5. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Zulqarnain_(cricketer,_born_1998)
  6. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Mervat_Rashwan,
  7. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Rafael_Dias_(mixed_martial_artist),
  8. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Brad_House,
  9. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Basem_Abdel_Aziz,
  10. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Atul_Raghav_(2nd_nomination),
  11. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Katie_Nixon,
  12. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Salman_Saeed_(2nd_nomination),
  13. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Obaidullah_Sarwar,
  14. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Shahid_Ilyas,
  15. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Mathias_Logelin,
  16. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Jake_Burton_(footballer),
  17. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Clarence_Bijl,
  18. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Abdellatif_Aboukoura,
  19. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Isaiah_Reid,
  20. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Arif_Saeed,
  21. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Tony_Frias,
  22. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Asuka_Nose,
  23. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Erik_Gunnarsson,
  24. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Wei_Changsheng,
  25. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Yair_Arrechea
  26. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Pete_Vainowski,
  27. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Treyten_Lapcevich,
  28. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Kyle_Murphy_(American_football,_born_1998),
  29. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Jones_(third_baseman),
  30. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Lambert_Golightly,
  31. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Prateek_Sinha,
  32. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/John_Ford_(cricketer)
  33. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Tariq_Hafeez
  34. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Randolph_Lablache

Mass rapid-fire copy-paste !votes with little/no specificity to the subject or indication of source analysis[edit]

Example: GiantSnowman has made hundreds of !votes with identical rationales ([74], [75] en bloc, often within seconds of each other. He insults those whom he believes haven't done a search [76], [77], [78], but it's hard to believe he has done one himself or has even looked at sources he claims are sufficient [79]. Here he suggests he does not perform an initial source evaluation and commends Ortizesp for the (terrible) sources he produced (see above). Please consider this a request to add him as a party.

Edit: Another example of drive-by, poorly-considered !votes: Simione001: 9 !votes in 5 minutes(!), 11 !votes in 9 minutes

Evidence presented by Trainsandotherthings[edit]

These are largely from my own experiences at AfD. I'm sure one can find examples of bad behavior by inclusionists, exclusionists, deletionists, or whatever other label you wish to use. I make no secret I'm exclusionist. But regardless, terrible, policy-ignorant behavior which wastes our time or is actively harmful, not to mention blatant personal attacks and incivility, goes completely unpunished in almost all cases. Trainsandotherthings (talk) 22:05, 20 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

AfD participants, especially inclusionists, often flagrantly ignore policies and guidelines[edit]

  • "Keep because ILIKEIT" [80]
  • "Documented, therefore notable" [81]
  • "If something is verifiable and there's not a good merge target, it can't be deleted" [82]
  • "It's interesting" [83]

AfD is routinely turned into a battlefield, and nobody is enforcing any sort of civility unless it's egregiously uncivil[edit]

Evidence presented by Scottywong[edit]

Extreme inclusionists and deletionists create a battleground[edit]

On average, if you look at a random sample of AfDs, they typically result in a "Keep" closure around 15-20% of the time. Therefore, one could reasonably assert that an editor that votes to keep significantly more than 15-20% of a random sample of AfDs is biased towards inclusionism, and one that votes to keep less than 15-20% of the time is biased towards deletionism. AfD voting stats (for the last 500 AfD pages edited) for some key editors:

  • 7&6=thirteen - Votes keep 88.8% of the time, heavily inclusionist.
  • Dream Focus - votes keep 86.2% of the time, heavily inclusionist.
  • Lugnuts - Votes keep 53.6% of the time, moderately inclusionist.
  • Johnpacklambert - Votes delete 99.5% of the time, heavily deletionist.
  • TenPoundHammer - Votes delete 97.2% of the time, heavily deletionist.

Arguably, it's reasonable to conclude that anyone with extreme voting tendencies (on either side) is likely to be acting with a battleground mentality at AfD.

The Article Rescue Squadron (ARS) has long been an inclusionist haven to canvass for AfD votes[edit]

The Article Rescue Squadron is a WikiProject whose stated goal is to coordinate to improve articles that have been recently nominated for deletion, in the hopes that those improvements will "rescue" the article from deletion. Over the long period that ARS has been around, it has attracted a group of like-minded inclusionists that often use ARS as a communication hub for alerting members to the presence of borderline AfDs that might be swayed by a few extra keep votes. The ARS contributes heavily to the battleground mentality at AfD discussions:

  • ARS used to use a {{Rescue}} template to tag articles for rescue. It was deleted twice (here and here) because it was being used for canvassing more than rescuing.
  • Despite the template being deleted, ARS still manually maintains a list of articles that need rescuing. Of the AfDs listed there currently, the vast majority have received Keep votes from at least 1-2 members of the ARS.
  • Two ARS members were recently topic banned from all deletion processes for canvassing and having a battleground mentality. Wugapodes' closing statement on the ANI thread also recommended, "Editors should consider a discussion on the Article Rescue Squadron and whether it should be deprecated similar to WP:Esperanza."

Additionally, I recently analyzed approximately 1 year's worth of AfDs that have been flagged for rescue by the ARS. The results of this survey can be found at User:Scottywong/ARS canvassing survey. It finds that adding an AfD to the ARS rescue list results in a 93% chance that it will get at least one vote from an ARS member, and a 64% chance that it will receive 2 or more votes from ARS members (which are almost always Keep votes). The top 2 most frequent voters in the rescue-tagged AfDs analyzed were Dream Focus and 7&6=thirteen. This demonstrates that the ARS rescue list is being used as a form of inappropriate canvassing, which contributes to the battleground mentality at AfD because it is viewed as an unfair inclusionist advantage for which deletionist editors often feel the need to counter in various ways.

Evidence presented by Vaulter[edit]

Johnpacklambert has a pattern of drive-by contributions at AFD contrary to WP:DISCUSSAFD[edit]

This is additional evidence of what Northamerica1000 referenced above: JPL has a track record of voting in AFDs in quick succession, often repeating the same or similar comments in support of his vote. Such rapid-fire voting is contrary to WP:DISCUSSAFD ("A pattern of groundless opinion, proof by assertion, and ignoring content guidelines may become disruptive") as well as WP:MEATBOT. Here are some examples -- this is far from an exhaustive list:

April 26 -- 20 votes in 50 minutes

[84] [85] [86] [87] [88] [89] [90] [91] [92] [93] [94] [95] [96] [97] [98] [99] [100] [101] [102] [103]

February 8 -- 20 votes in 56 minutes

[104] [105] [106] [107] [108] [109] [110] [111] [112] [113] [114] [115] [116] [117] [118] [119] [120] [121] [122]

  • It's important to note that all this happened while JPL was under a community-imposed editing restriction limiting the number of articles he could be nominate for deletion per day to one as a result of rapid-fire nominations (see Ritchie's evidence above).

The ANI discussion prior to this case happened because JPL doesn't understand when to redirect[edit]

The nearly three-week long discussion at ANI that preceded this case arose because of events related to Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Charles_Massonnat (a stub Lugnuts created). In that AFD, Lugnuts voted to redirect the page, with a rationale for doing so. JPL responded within minutes that such a redirect "is just not justified," despite the PAGs cited by Lugnuts. The page was ultimately redirected. And here we are weeks later.

Thank you

-- Vaulter 18:15, 21 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Additional noticeboard threads concerning JPL[edit]

In addition to the discussions cited by Ritchie above, JPL has been the subject of other noticeboard threads:

Thank you again

-- Vaulter 17:13, 28 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

And he's back there again. See here. -- Vaulter 15:17, 5 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Drive-by voting at AFD has continued during this case[edit]

The conduct I noted in the above section has continued during this case. For example, on June 30, he made seven votes at AFD within nine minutes. [123] [124] [125] [126] [127] [128] [129]

Thanks you once more.

-- Vaulter 21:08, 2 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by Carrite[edit]

John Pack Lambert is well within acceptable norms at AfD[edit]

Let's just forget the politics and petty backstabbing and score-settling and look at Mr. Lambert's participation at Articles for Deletion objectively, shall we?

Making use of the AFDStats tool today (June 20, 2022), I took a look at his last 500 AfD votes.

John Pack Lambert voted Delete or Speedy Delete 401 times — 80% of the time. That's a lot, but that's his prerogative as a deletionist. The key question is: were those votes out of whack with the resulting consensus?

  • Of these 401 Delete votes, 44 (11.0%) ended up in Keep or Speedy Keep — Mr. Lambert voted against consensus.
  • Of these 401 Delete votes, 347 (86.5%) ended up in Delete, Speedy Delete, or the two de facto deletion results, Merge or Redirect.
  • Of these 401 Delete votes, 10 ended as No Consensus.

In other words, Mr. Lambert voted with consensus essentially 86.5% of the time, and bucked consensus 11% of the time.

That's not bad.

Just to provide context, here is how I, a card-carrying inclusionist voted in my last 500 AFD votes.

I, Carrite, voted Delete or Speedy Delete 209 times — 42% of the time.

  • Of these 209 Delete votes, 16 (7.7%) ended up in Keep or Speedy Keep — I voted against consensus.
  • Of these 209 Delete votes, 176 (84.2%) ended up in the various forms of Deletion, Merger, or Redirection.
  • Of these 209 Delete votes, 17 ended in No Consensus.

Not so very different in our participation, our conservative deletionist and our liberal inclusionist, are we?

Mr. Lambert is a committed, active, and productive Wikipedian serving the project as he best sees fit and should be treasured as a valuable participant rather than railroaded to the witch-burning pyre.

Ten Pound Hammer is a work in progress[edit]

Mr. Hammer and I go way back at AfD. We differ. He's a pretty hardcore deletionist and I'm an inclusionist and we differ. That's all.

He's good stuff for matters of his expertise (music topics in particular). He's a little bit........ sketchy with some of his votes at AfD.

Let's look at the stats in the same manner as above.

Mr. Hammer voted Delete or Speedy Delete 412 times out of his last 500 votes — 82% of the time.

  • Of these 412 Delete Votes, 145 (35.2%) ended up with a result of Keep or Speedy Keep — Mr. Hammer voted against consensus.
  • Of these 412 Delete Votes, 245 (59.5%) ended up Delete, Speedy Delete, Merge, or Redirect.
  • Of these 412 Delete Votes, 22 ended No Consensus.

This is qualitatively dissimilar to the participation of Mr. Lambert at AFD. Whether it is problematic remains a matter of debate; I'd like to see him do a better job there. The question of flooding AFD with nominations is a separate matter for him as well, and some sort of hard limit of nominations per day — 3, 5, whatever — might be in order.

But let me say this in his defense: I do not have a single doubt that TPH is a committed Wikipedian acting as he sees best fit to improve the project. I do not doubt his honesty, his intelligence, or ultimately his willingness to accept whatever guidance he will receive from the community in this matter. Ahead of this proceeding he publicly, on-wiki, acknowledged that he had not handled things well and suggested a path for improvement. Alas, before we could see whether he would be good to his word — and I have no doubt that he would have been — this little spectacle was initiated. Pity.

Do not harm either of these solid Wikipedians! We do not all have to agree about everything. Thank you. Carrite (talk) 05:47, 21 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by XOR'easter[edit]

TenPoundHammer has unreasonable sourcing standards and makes demands of other editors during deletion discussions[edit]

The close of the topic ban discussion from 2018 stated, There is a general view, even amongst those who opposed, that hectoring other editors with comments like "if there are sources about the article, put the ****ing things in and improve it!" does not give the desired result, and just leads to growing animosity. Comments of this kind recur in Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Twists_of_curves (April 2022), repeated enough that an editor warned about bludgeoning. Policy doesn't require these additions, editors can be understandably reluctant to work on a page that might vanish, and as noted, demands generate needless ill will. That discussion also showed a seeming willingness to judge highly technical topics by exact string-matching [130][131][132], even after it was explained why this doesn't work [133][134].

For a less overt example, see Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Animal Face-Off for dismissing a source because the link then in the article did not work [135]. In a similar vein, a source was dismissed because I can't even read it [136], which then became nobody can read it [137], rather than an ordinary paywall [138]. Here we have a statement that If it's not available online, then it fails WP:V [139], which is just contrary to policy.

TPH has been warned of blundgeon-y behavior[edit]

In addition to the case mentioned above, another recent example is Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/The Only Promise That Remains, where TPH quoted a guideline in the nomination and then repeated that quotation in replies, using escalating emphasis and font size. XOR'easter (talk) 18:52, 21 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by GreenC[edit]

7&6=thirteen (GreenC)[edit]

This ArbCom began as an examination of three users whose actions might be harming Wikipedia at large scale. Good! It was later expanded to include 7&6. They are two separate issues.

The case against 7&6 is being evidenced by many of the same who tried to sanction him at ANI in October and November, but failed because 7&6 has the support of many members of the community, and the evidence was never strong, they closed without sanction. User:S Marshall earlier accused 7&6 for things he did not do (closed: "likely a good faith error"). User:S Marshall now says he takes "delight" in seeing 7&6 at ArbCom (Special:Diff/1093739354/1093743304).

Since 1 January 2022, 7&6 has been involved in only 29 AfDs or about 1 per week:

AfDs involving 7&6 January to June 2022

Source: wikiget -u "7&6=thirteen" -s 20220101 -e 20220625 -n 4 | grep 'for deletion'

User:EEng has been an inveterate cynical commentator about ARS for years. For example during this ArbCom evidence phase he called ARS a "religion" (Special:Diff/1093919940/1093931066), which implies blind faith and not objective decisions. Casting aspersions like this against ARS whole-cloth is common by a minority of editors. This thread at ARS says it all, where he jokingly says he remains "subtle" about long running personal feuds (Special:Diff/1093594879/1093594962), though he originally said "I hide it well" (Special:Diff/1093594285/1093594879).

There have been 10 attempts to close down ARS over the years and consistently the community has supported the project: listed at top Wikipedia_talk:Article_Rescue_Squadron.

There has long been direct evidence of dog whistling at Wikipediocracy, for example most recently related to this ongoing ArbCom case: [140] ("the old-school ARSehole Brigade still left") in which 7&6 is singled out. It is a constant thing at Wikipediocracy, ARS members such as 7&6 have been the target of some of the most vicious ex-users of our community.

I chose two users (Marshal & EEng), as examples, due to space constraint, though I make no accusations of off-site activity by users here in good standing. Look, this case is strongest against the original three users (TPH, Lugnutz, Johnpack): the question is if they are doing the right thing for Wikipedia at large scale. This is the evidence ArbCom should focus on. The case of 7&6 involves some trivial involved-editor personal grudges have spilled into ArbCom with little scale impact.

Evidence presented by Dream Focus[edit]

In response to misleading Scottywong bit[edit]

I have put things on the Rescue list and gotten zero people to vote Keep other than myself. The third and forth person you list as appearing most often in things tagged for Rescue, usually vote delete. Number 3 complains about the ARS constantly. You claim that "93% chance that it will get at least one vote from an ARS member". Well most people wouldn't post on the list if they didn't think the article was worth keeping, so they'd vote keep already, even if the ARS list didn't exist. You also don't show how many of these articles were significantly rewritten, a lot of work done on them, and how many reliable sources were found to prove them notable. I look at what's on the list now and see Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Flags_of_counties_of_the_United_States and notice I made a comment there about it should be at Wiki-commons, didn't vote at all. Days later 7&6=thirteen shows up and votes to keep it. He tags it for the Rescue list. MrsSnoozyTurtle shows up and says to delete it. No one showed up and said keep. No canvassing for keeps happened, he just brought an extra delete over. Your stats are misleading. You'd have to spend a few seconds looking over each AFD to get a proper perspective of what's really going on. Also when this was brought up previously, there was a time when most of the things put on the list got deleted, proving it isn't canvassing keeps. Dream Focus 19:23, 23 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by Dlthewave[edit]

Lugnuts has misled other editors about the notability guideline for Cricketers[edit]

The 2022 NSPORTS RfC brought about major changes to the sports notability guideline: Among other things, criteria for players including cricketers (WP:NCRIC) have been changed from "presumed to be notable" to "significant coverage is likely to exist", meaning that having played at a certain level is not sufficient to meet the notability requirement. Additionally, the basic criteria now states "Sports biographies must include at least one reference to a source providing significant coverage of the subject, excluding database sources."

The following four AfDs were improperly closed as Keep or No Consensus despite failing the basic basic SIGCOV requirement after Lugnuts !voted Keep based only on NCRIC criteria and other editors as well as closing admins followed along:

GiantSnowman cited the the deprecated WP:NFOOTBALL guideline at AfD[edit]

GiantSnowman continued to cite WP:NFOOTBALL and its participation-based criteria for more than a month after it was deprecated and also groundlessly accused AfD noms of failing to perform a WP:BEFORE search. These articles were ultimately deleted or redirected due to lack of SIGCOV.

Evidence presented by Flatscan[edit]

"There is no bright line between" policies and guidelines[edit]

  1. WP:Policies and guidelines (policy, permalink) often refers to them collectively as "policies and guidelines" (Ctrl-F returns 33 matches) or "guidelines and policies" (3 matches).
  2. WP:The difference between policies, guidelines and essays – {{supplement}}, permalink, linked prominently in WP:Policies and guidelines#Role – states: There is no bright line between what the community chooses to call a "policy" or a "guideline" or an "essay" or an "information page".

Alternatives to deletion are not preferred over deletion[edit]

ATD, policy[edit]

If editing can improve the page, this should be done rather than deleting the page. has been cited (proposals diff) to support the claim that WP:Deletion policy#Alternatives to deletion (policy, WP:ATD, permalink) are preferred over deletion.

  1. The sentence is under Editing and discussion (WP:ATD-E). There is no text between the ATD and ATD-E section headers that would apply to all of ATD.
  2. ATD-E links {{main article|Wikipedia:Editing policy}} (WP:EP, permalink). EP, particularly Try to fix problems (WP:PRESERVE), is concerned with removal, which extends beyond deletion. The Redirection (WP:ATD-R), Incubation (WP:ATD-I), and Other projects (WP:ATD-TRANS) subsections all involve removal from article space, so they do not overlap with ATD-E.
    1. Using Ctrl-F, EP contains 12 "remov" and 2 "delet", and PRESERVE contains 8 and 1.
  3. Editing was originally the second subsection in the 2007 draft. It was moved to first per WT:Deletion policy/Draft#Alternatives to deletion. This increases the doubt that it was intended to cover ATD in general.

ATD, consensus[edit]

Preferring ATD, implemented by giving its recommendations significant extra weight or discarding others while closing, does not have consensus. This goes beyond closer discretion and infringes on the WP:Consensus (policy) of the AfD.

  1. WT:Articles for deletion/Archive 61#RfC: Merge, redirect (2011) established consensus for equal weight. It was listed at WP:Requests for comment/Wikipedia policies and guidelines and WP:Centralized discussion and had many participants. WP:ATD and WP:PRESERVE were mentioned explicitly throughout the prompt. I have found no discussion that overturned it.
  2. More recent discussions have included opposition to extra weight:
    1. WP:Deletion review/Log/2022 January 28#Paul Heitz – AfD originally closed by a non-admin as redirect; by my manual count: 11 overturn/delete (including nominator Ravenswing), 12 overturn/relist (including SmokeyJoe), 8 endorse (including S Marshall)
    2. WP:Administrators' noticeboard/Archive331#Review of DRV closures by King of Hearts (2021) – many participants supported overturning and/or mentioned "supervote"
    3. WT:Deletion policy/Archive 48#Does the community really agree with WP:ATD as policy? (2018) – around 14 participants, mixed opinions

Evidence presented by BilledMammal[edit]

Lugnuts has engaged in canvassing[edit]

This year, Lugnuts has issued 22 notifications of AfDs to individual editors. Of these notifications nine resulted in a keep vote, eight against consensus. 5 resulted in only a comment, and 8 had no response; this response demonstrates a partisan audience. Concerns about these were dismissed. (1, 2)

Notifications issued
Notification AfD Response Result
Løken Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Silvia_Lesoil Comment Keep
Yngvadottir Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Arnolds Krūkliņš Keep Keep
The-Pope Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Gregory_McDermott No response Keep
Rugbyfan22 Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/A._Lawrey Keep Delete
Rugbyfan22 Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/E._J._Jones_(rugby_union) Keep Delete
Canadian Paul Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Marcel_de_Kerviler No response No consensus
Løken Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Rudolf_Andreassen Keep Delete
Løken Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Lars_Nilsson_(volleyball) Keep Delete
Deb Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Percy_Baker_(gymnast) Keep Redirect
Ipigott Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Mathias_Logelin Keep Delete
Deb Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Harry_Gill_(gymnast) No response No consensus
NealeWellington Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Terry_Pearce Comment Delete
Schwede66 Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Terry_Pearce Comment Delete
Sammyrice Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Terry_Pearce Keep Delete
BrownHairedGirl Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/John_Woodcock_(cyclist) No response Keep
Mpk662 Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Shabana_Kausar Comment No consensus
Tintin1107 Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Mamata_Kanojia No response Keep
Tintin1107 Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Subroto_Das No response Keep
Tintin1107 Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Barun_Das_(cricketer) No response Redirect
Tintin1107 Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/T._K._Sukumaran_(2nd_nomination) No response Redirect
A Simple Human Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Monaem_Khan_Raju Comment Delete
Canadian Paul Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Frits_de_Voogt Keep Delete

A 23rd notification was issued, but it was appropriate as no other editor could answer the questions raised.

This does not consider pings issued, and only user talk page comments with an edit summary that suggested a relation to AfD were reviewed; some notifications may have been missed.

Lugnuts has disruptively disputed prods[edit]

Regularly disputing prods only to agree that the individual is not notable when the article is brought to AfD is disruptive; it requires the community to spend unnecessary time when the same result could have been achieved by either allowing the prod to stand or boldly redirecting the article. Lugnuts has regularly disputed prods, only to agree that the individual is not notable when the article is brought to AfD. (Recent examples: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).

Disproportionality between creation and deletion[edit]

Creating twelve microstubs on cricketers using the same database took BlackJack six minutes. (start, finish). To go through the process of deleting these articles (WP:BEFORE, considering AtD, writing the nomination, considering the nomination, assessing consensus) requires the community to spend a disproportionate amount of time.

Bot-like article creation[edit]

Lugnuts, BlackJack, and Sander.v.Ginkel have engaged in the mass creation of micro-stubs at a bot-like rate. This is true of all of them, but particularly of Lugnuts; in his most productive month he produced 2419 articles, and in his most productive day 133.

Such high rates are not possible to achieve by manual editing; instead, these three editors used templates populated with information scraped from a database. Population and scraping can be done manually or automatically, with the result being an automatic or semi-automatic process. In the case of Lugnuts and Sander.v.Ginkel, population was done automatically; in the case of BlackJack population may have been manual.

Historically mass creation of articles has been controversial and since 2009 there has been a requirement that mass automated or semi-automated article creation proposals need to go through BRFA; such proposals have typically been rejected, and reviewing BRFA it does not appear that either Lugnuts, BlackJack, or Sander.v.Ginkel made such a request. These articles place a significant burden on the community; they are rarely improved beyond micro-stub status and thus need to be reviewed individually.

Article creation rates
Editor Non-deleted main space article creations Micro-stub creations Current micro-stubs Redirected Monthly Average Monthly peak Peak month
Lugnuts 93,986 92,380 77,571 2247 490 2419 March 2021
BlackJack 3936 3677 1444 1509 43 554 January 2007
Sander.v.Ginkel 6780 5895 3423 837 130 867 February 2016

This table assumes that articles under 2500b of text are micro-stubs. It omits articles that were created from redirects or were deleted.

Template examples

From BlackJack: NAME (DATE OF BIRTH – DATE OF DEATH) was an English first-class cricketer active YEARS ACTIVE who played for CLUB. He was born in BIRTH PLACE; died in DEATH PLACE.

From Lugnuts: NAME (DATE OF BIRTH – DATE OF DEATH) was a Danish footballer. He played in NUMBER OF MATCHES match for the Denmark national football team in YEAR. - this use of templates was noted as early as 2008.

From Sander.v.Ginkel: NAME (DATE OF BIRTH – DATE OF DEATH) was an COUNTRY male weightlifter, who competed in the WEIGHT CATEGORY category and represented COUNTRY at international competitions. He competed at the OLYMPICS YEAR.

Local consensuses[edit]

AfD's are frequently closed in a manner that overrides community consensus; from the past fortnight, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

The first of these overrides WP:NOTDIRECTORY; the rest override WP:SPORTCRIT #5. The first is particularly notable because of the comments of the closing admin; There seems to be a disconnect between the guideline on whether this should exist and editors feelings on such - closers do not feel empowered to close against a local consensus even if that local consensus would override a broader community consensus.

Evidence presented by FOARP[edit]

Lugnuts has received multiple "final" warnings for uncivil or otherwise disruptive behaviour that admins have failed to act decisively on when the behaviour resumed[edit]

The impression given is of an editor who behaves uncivilly and disruptively on a regular basis on the (hitherto correct) assumption that they can do so as they are effectively unblockable and can simply talk their way out of sanctions, because repeated warnings have not been enforced when ignored. FOARP (talk) 10:30, 30 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by Liz[edit]

AFD observation[edit]

I'm a relative newcomer to AFD closures, just becoming active in January 2022 so this is a recent and general observation, not a statement full of diffs and directed at specific individuals named in this case. What suprised me the most when I started evaluating AFD discussions was the low level of participation at most AFDs. While a dozen editors might have worked to create and build an article, an article can easily get deleted based on one or two editor's opinions that it doesn't meet Wikipedia's standards for notability. And it doesn't take evidence to prove a lack of notability in AFD nominations, just the assertion that an article doesn't have it! If there is no editor who can take the time to argue against this assertion (and evidence is typically required for those wanting to keep an article), well, then articles get deleted. This happens pretty frequently every day.

To see if a low participation at AFDs was a recent phenomena, I compared an AFD log from June 20, 2022 to that of five years earlier, June 20, 2017. While there were around the same number of AFD discussions and the usual phenomena of a small number of discussions having a large number of participants (say, 5 or more) and the vast majority having a smaller number (3 or fewer), based on this one day's comparison, it seems like the total number of editors participating in AFD discussions has decreased to some degree. This decrease probably reflects some level of editor burnout working in the AFD area as well as a smaller number of editors working on the project in general.

The reason why I bring this up on an evidence page is just to point out that because fewer editors participate in AFD discussions, those who are very, very active, like most of those editors named in this ArbCom case, can have a disproporationately large influence on what articles are kept or deleted on the entire project. So while individual instances of editor conduct might not seem egregious and can be seen as business as usual, it's the volume and pace of the activity that can alarm and cause anxiety on the part of editors who want deletion discussions to be a considered and thoughtful process and not an assembly-line process to delete certain types of now unwanted articles. I really don't think this is really a dispute between inclusionists (keep everything) and deletionists (delete everything) but a conflict about the process of deletion discussions, between those who think that there is a mass amount of cleanup and deletion that needs to happen on the project and that deletion discussions should happen at a fast clip and those who believe that any discussion about deletion of content should be carefully done, on an individual article basis.

Is the main space cluttered with junk articles and those who are nominating them by the dozens are doing their best to help clear out the garbage? Or is the AFD deletion process as it is now being done occurring in a hurried and careless manner, without proper feedback from the editor community, with entire genres of articles being quickly trashed? I think regardless of what all of the hundreds of diffs presented on this page say, whether or not you find editors guilty of misconduct or not will rest on how you judge their intent, whether it is beneficial to the project or detrimental to building an encyclopedia of knowledge. Thank you. Liz Read! Talk! 19:57, 1 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

By the way, if we could eliminate 3 or 4 word statements at AFDs like "Keep per Editor X" or "Delete per nom", we'd greatly enhance the quality of deletion discussions but I think that is beyond ArbCom's control. I think most closers, by and large, ignore these opinions. Liz Read! Talk! 20:07, 1 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
After reading over the evidence page, I just wanted to make a further comment. I see complaints about "drive by" voting in AFDs. While these opinions (the drive-by votes, not the complaints) are less than useless, they are done by individuals on all sides of the Keep/Delete spectrum and this behavior is done by many editors who are not a party to this ArbCom case and who have not presented evidence here. As I said above, these "Delete per nom" comments are lazy "Me too"s and while I wish they were eliminated, they are not primarily a problem with the parties of this case but a general problem in AFD discussions. I think they are especially common when there is a barrage of nominations on the exact same type of subject and interested parties find themselves repeating themselves in a dozen or more cases.
I think fewer AFD discussions would raise the quality of participation but I don't see a feasible way of introducing limits to the number of AFD nominations that can happen in a day. One possible way to address this issue would be a general limit of the number of AFDs any editor can make in a day (limiting that number to 10, 12, 25?) to allow AFD participants the necessary time to track down sources and evaluate each case. This would be a major change in policy and is probably best brought up in the Workshop phase of this case. Liz Read! Talk! 18:55, 8 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by Star Mississippi[edit]

before using the last evidence template, please make a copy for the next person

Poor quality !votes and personalization by Ortizesp[edit]

I've never done this before, so please let me know if anything needs changing We have a problem with lower-quality !votes at AfD. Many have been mentioned above and I'm not going to repeat comments from the ANIs that led to this, but among those I haven't seen mentioned are along the lines of the following from Ortizesp:

  • Keep passes GNG as per above. by Ortizesp here when there is absolutely nothing above that indicates GNG was met.
  • Keep passes GNG. here. Article was deleted

and unnecessary harassment and personalization:

  • Keep another ridiculous deletion nom, amongst dozens of others here (Keep was the consensus, but there's no reason to snark at the nom)
  • Strong keep another lazy nomination... here (article was deleted).

It's not that Ortizesp necessarily has a poor ratio of !votes to outcomes, but explaining why they think it meets GNG would go a lot further in making AfDs more collaborative and productive. And there's no need to attack the nominations. What makes them more lazy than a !vote with no backup? We need better AfD discussions and more participation, but this isn't it. Star Mississippi 23:26, 3 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by Robert McClenon[edit]

Deletion Disputes Are Divisive[edit]

Articles for Deletion disputes are often divisive, which should not be surprising because editors care about the content of the encyclopedia. There are several factors that are involved in making some deletion discussions unpleasant. The community is divided not only by deletion debates, but sometimes by Deletion Reviews, and also by WP:ANI cases involving editors in deletion discussions. The editors who are parties to this case are not the only editors about whom there have been repeated cases at WP:ANI. Some of the disputes have been inconclusive or repetitive.

The listing of specific controversies involving deletion here is intended not to request sanctions against any specific editors, but to demonstrate that deletion discussions have long divided the community, and a more effective way of dealing with them is needed.

The most recent controversies about deletion that the community has been unable to resolve have been, of course, those that resulted in the current ArbCom case. At the same time, a less salient and so perhaps more typical case that also was not resolved was that of User:Alansohn in

A previous controversy concerning the Article Rescue Squadron and some of its participants in October and November 2021 may have seemed to resolve the conflict: but obviously did not, because we are here again. As the closer, User:Wugapodes, noted: "An observation as closer: it is remarkable how unkind many comments were. Whether these topic bans will improve the situation is yet to be seen, but clearly there are wider dynamics at play with more players than those named here." The comments were unkind because editors feel strongly about deletion and inclusion, and some of them do not temper their feelings with civility. This resulted in User:Andrew Davidson being indefinitely banned from deletion discussions, User:Lightburst banned from deletion discussions for six months, no consensus on User:7&6=thirteen, and no action on User:Dream Focus.

The Article Rescue Squadron has been controversial since at least 2007, as seen in:

These are a subset of efforts to delete the ARS ( the others of which can be consulted by viewing the list of prior MFDs in the most recent efforts, and are presented to illustrate how the community has been divided by attitudes toward deletion for fifteen years.

This information is presented to illustrate that deletion discussions and controversies over deletion and over conduct in deletion debates are a continuing source of division and toxicity. Robert McClenon (talk) 02:12, 4 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by GiantSnowman[edit]

Northamerica1000's drive-by re-listing[edit]

4 July 2022: 8 identical re-listings in 3 minutes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. GiantSnowman 21:12, 4 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Baseless allegations of 'drive-by !voting'[edit]

I wasn't going to justify my edits, but now feel the need to. The 'evidence' about me has been entirely misrepresented. I do NOT drive-by !vote. My editing technique to is open up all the AFDs listed at Wikipedia:WikiProject Football/Nominations for deletion and page moves, review them individually in detail, and then !vote all at once. Evidence - last edit before I started !voted rampage, first edit where I start commenting on AFDs - gap of 37 minutes. You will see that there is a substantial gap every time.

For example, I did not !vote here and then within one minute locate a number of sources about a different article here. Those diffs also show me listing the articles at FOOTYDEL several minutes earlier. An earlier example includes this and this followed by basically within 90 seconds this - again, obviously I am not locating several references in mere seconds, I am not that talented.

I am disappointed that several editors have ABF and assumed I do not review articles or put any thought into AFD. I will note the same editors have never raised their concerns with me previously.

Evidence presented by Cerebral726[edit]

TPH has refused to engage with community consensus on what constitutes a Reliable Source[edit]

In Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/The Lick, TPH commented that the fact something was a YouTube video was enough to disqualify it as a reliable source, despite community consensus saying YouTube videos uploaded by verified accounts (such as news organizations) inherent their reliability. When I pointed out this consensus found at WP:RSPYT and asked why the relevant video didn't qualify, TPH said "...because it's a YouTube video. Nuff said." diff.--Cerebral726 (talk) 15:36, 5 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by Worldbruce[edit]

TenPoundHammer didn't tell the truth in deletion nominations[edit]

In PRODs and AfDs he started,[142],[Admins see PROD history of deleted List of people on the postage stamps of Bangladesh] TenPoundHammer described articles as "unsourced" that in fact cited at least one reliable source. Given multiple opportunities to walk back the falsehood, TenPoundHammer instead repeated it.[143][144]

TenPoundHammer votestacked[edit]

In AfDs he started, TenPoundHammer selectively pinged two editors,[145][146][147] who had sided with him to delete similar articles, without notifying other editors who had participated in such discussions, in particular those who had recommended keep.(Haiti, Oman, Vanuatu, Faroe Islands)

Evidence presented by Lugnuts[edit]

Billedmammal, AfDs and bludgeoning[edit]

BM bludgeons the deletion process, going out of their way to make a point. Example of this RfD was closed as disambiguate (IE keep). So they then went further to AfD it which ended in keep They feel the need to reply to most editors who also vote keep. Once that is closed, they then bludgeon the process with the closer. Prior form here, here, here, here. Another example of an AfD bludgeon by this user is here. My AfD stats show in the vast majority of cases that my conduct in an AfD is simply to add my comment and move on, regardless if it’s an article I’ve started or not. I’ll contest a Prod and/or redirect with a redirect !vote at AfD, but the AfD comment starts with If nothing can be found… IE someone might be able to find something that I can’t access.

Billedmammal, prods and harassment[edit]

If I remove a prod from an article that BM added, they go straight to AfD (one, two, three). If someone else removes their prod, then nothing happens one, two, three, four). They are going out of their way to target articles I’ve created, as others have raised with them, with a "delete and no alternative" mindset. more. They’ve also made spurious claims in this evidence section saying I have used automation to create articles. Again – I have NEVER used automation to create articles. I copy & paste a basic skeleton template, but everything is created manually.

Billedmammal, canvasing[edit]

BM does’nt understand WP:APPNOTE. They’ve listed examples where I have contacted others with regards to relevant AfDs. Every single one of those notifications has been in line with WP:APPNOTE – "Notifications must be polite, neutrally worded with a neutral title, clear in presentation…" AND sent to "Editors known for expertise in the field". In other words, editors who might have access to sources that I don’t. Those editors may find that the article is indeed non-notable, and comment to say so, or not comment. Notification to all those editors result in any replies being policy based (keep or delete).

Dlthewave, AfDs and WP:POINT[edit]

This user works with the same mindset as BM. WP:ATD appears not to be an option, with a similar policy of delete everything. Their three most recent AfDs (one, two, three) were all started within a very short timeframe of each of them previously been closed (as keep). One of the original AfDs had the closer’s comment of "I have considered this very carefully and will not change my decision based on talk page messages" suggesting their exacerbation of closures being challenged. A fourth AfD (which was deleted) resulted them going straight to RfD in an attempt to delete that too, with editors calling this nomination WP:POINTY. During the Workshop phase of this case, Dlthewave made three back-to-back incorrect statements about me and my editing. 1, 2, 3.

Spartaz, admin conduct and accountability[edit]

Spartaz made this block in April based on this edit. Multiple editors raised concerns about the block (including its length) on my talkpage and on Sparaz’s talkpage diff, with Spartaz dismissing them. Bad blocks like these are then used against me (see FOARP’s comments). In June, after I started to make a note of how many articles that I created that JPL had sent to AfD, and based on this, they started this ANI thread, claiming I was "casting aspersions", which lead to this Arbcom case. In the same ANI thread, Spartaz casts aspersions about me here. I responded showing that he was wrong on all counts (ownership, not cleaning up my "own mess", etc). No response from them. They were pinged by other editors in that thread. Again, no response. The ANI thread started 2/3 June. Spartaz seemed to have vanished from WP since then, only closing two AfDs on 7 June (nothing more as of typing this). Per WP:ADMINCOND they have failed the “like all editors, should behave in a respectful, civil manner in their interactions with others” part. Per WP:ADMINACCT they have failed the "Administrators are expected to respond promptly and civilly to queries about their Wikipedia-related conduct and administrative actions, especially during community discussions on noticeboards" and "Administrators should justify their actions when requested" per the "Failure to communicate" point.

JPL, harassment, AfD, prod and indef blocks[edit]

As mentioned above, JPL has made a deliberate effort to target articles I have created. Before and during the duration of the ANI thread, JPL continued to nominate articles that I’d started, but didn’t understand how this was harassment. In that thread Dlthewave (see above) made a proposal for a one-way ban for me. This was a snow oppose, with comments such as “please don't gaslight the community by claiming that editor A is hounding editor B merely because editor A points out that editor B keep's nominating editor A's article creations for deletion” and “It really shouldn't need multiple other editors to say "it's not really a good idea to keep nominating articles for AfD which were started by someone who you're in a dispute with, while that dispute is being discussed". It should be obvious”. In this sub-section, Floquenbeam references his prior indef blocks with "JPL has already been indef blocked several times" and "He has seen a very large number of people insist/suggest/wish that he lay off the Lugnuts nominations, but continues to do so…" with JPL still not getting it. Either that is WP:IDHT terrority or simply a WP:CIR issue. This sub-section that I started raised all the questions I had about JPL not understanding notability and prods.

JPL and drive-by noms[edit]

Despite being pointed out to him, JPL continues to do drive-by !delete vote comments at AfD, with multiple comments across AfDs in a short spell. On 5th July there was approx. 25 !delete votes, including two at 18:59 and two at 19:07. There can be no WP:BEFORE work with most, if not all, of these comments. Similar recent similar pattens include 27th June, 22nd June, 15th June, 13th June, 6th June, etc.

Evidence presented by Ingratis[edit]

Johnpacklambert bites other editors than Lugnuts at AfD[edit]

This shows JPL repeatedly bludgeoning a civil editor in an AfD discussion to the point that the other editor states that he will not participate in AfDs again because of the unpleasantness: throughout but cf esp here, here and here. (I don't believe this is the usual deliberate sort of viciousness that prevails at AfD, but is simply because JPL cannot see when he's overstepping the mark).

Johnpacklambert's BEFORE is defective[edit]

Here - JPL refuses to address the existence of additional sources in an equivalent article on de-Wiki.

Mangoe's evidence #9.1[edit]

NB that the arguments about the Turkish geostubs mentioned by Mangoe ended with the decision that Lugnuts' sources were of comparable standard to the equivalent sources accepted for Anglosphere places (here) and that the proposed mass deletion, or redirection of them using AWB, was abusive and should not proceed, which is what happened (here, although those involved never got round to undoing their redirections).

Evidence presented by Joe Roe[edit]

AfD is resilient to disruption[edit]

I don't have any diffs to offer here, just speaking from five years' experience of closing AfD discussions. I hope the committee will bear with me.

There are disruptive editors at AfD. There are discussions that are derailed because of them, and they can be really frustrating. But I think it's important to bear in mind that AfD handles something like 500 discussions a week and the vast majority of them result in a clear consensus without incident. That's quite remarkable, when you think about it: few of our processes handle that volume of discussions, and deletion is by nature a contentious and emotive topic. Our deletion policies, guidelines, and processes are amongst the oldest and most stable on the project. One thing they're especially good at is insulating the deletion system from disruption. Closers are given a lot of discretion—besides generic guidelines like WP:DETCON, and some 'unwritten' conventions, there are no specific instructions on how to assess consensus at AfD—and this allows us to discount or compensate for a wide range of potentially disruptive conduct patterns, from organised canvassing campaigns to making stupid arguments. Liz has already given evidence of how this essentially nullifies "drive-by" voting, for example. The check on this discretion is WP:DRV, and having its own specific review venue (as opposed to the dog pit of ANI) is another way the deletion system is robust against potential disruption. That only a tiny fraction of AfDs end up there is again evidence that this system, on the whole, works well.

JPL is a good example of this resilience to disruption. I think at this point it's well-established that, for many years, his participation at hundreds of AfDs consisted of essentially automatic delete !votes with no explanation. But this just meant that most other AfD participants, and definitely all closers, learned to stop paying attention to them. His drive-by !votes, even if there were hundreds of them, had no effect on the outcome of discussions, and hence were not really all that disruptive – it wasn't until 2017, when he started nominating articles in large numbers, that the sanctions started. The only times JPL's voting became disruptive was when others rose to it and the back-and-forth became unproductive. That's a general pattern at AfDs. A lot of the behaviour called disruptive here and in the workshop is only really a problem when others react to it. Unfortunately many of us (me certainly included) struggle not to call out a bad faith argument, a misrepresented policy, a canvassed !vote, etc., when we see it, but it really is better to just ignore it and trust the closer to give it the weight it merits. It would be extremely unfair to sanction editors simply for making bad arguments or holding opinions that deviate from current policy, when those actions alone don't demonstrable disrupt the deletion process. – Joe (talk) 16:59, 9 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence presented by 7&6=thirteen[edit]

Who am I. I have been editing Wikipedia for 14 ½ years. I have over 144,000 edits. I was recently Editor of the Week, and thank my fellow editors for the recognition. I am a member of WP:ARS. Have been for many years. And my guiding light in that regard is article improvement. Voting at AFDs has been secondary. I note that ARS has been constantly the I do not always vote. I always self censor. If I can vote Keep, I do. If I can’t I generally do not participate. In my business I am paid to be right 100% of the time. While I recognize that I am final in that job, and that the goal is at least aspirational since we are all subjcct to human fallability and making mistakes, it is my personal standard. I do not canvas. I do post at the ARS, and my goal is to get articles improved. If I vote, it is ordinarily in conjunction with article improvement. My improvements to articles that were part of the deletion process are monumental. I would also note that I frequently improve articles that are at AFD, and do not necessarily post them at WP:ARS. Part of the reason for doing that is that it will simply rile up those who want to delete articles. Inevitably, User:MrsSnoozyTurtle will turn up, usually vote DELETE, and make the obligatory “canvassing” slur. WP:ARS has a number of loiterers whose often articulated positions indicate that they want ARS to cease to exist, and/or at least be decapitated.[1] The talk page at ARS and the listing of articles for improvement should be studied in its totality to understand the dynamic. It is not my purpose here to reopen these, but it is my purpose to fully inform the panel. It is also a fact that a posting at ARS list will beget attacks on that page and regularly produced accusations of canvassing. These are not helpful to the closers at the AFD pages, but simply turn them needlessly into an adversarial side show. If my comments at ARS are to be considered, there are lots of deletionists who have been WP:Uncivil and deserve their reward, too. I would also urge the arbitrators to consider context of the talk pages at ARS. If folks choose to make unjustified accusations (e.g., User:MrsSnoozyTurtle, who has been told by others to cool it and drop the stick) one should be able to respond. In fact, I don’t respond, and she repeatedly harasses me by name. She repeatedly makes accusations, and I just let them pass. I have always been insistent that editors who post an Article for Rescue at ARS put the *<small class="delsort-notice">Note: This discussion has been included in the Article Rescue Squadron's [[Wikipedia:Article Rescue Squadron/Rescue list|list of content for rescue consideration]]. <span style="text-shadow:#396 0.2em 0.2em 0.5em; class=texhtml">[[User:7&6=thirteen|<b style="color:#060">7&6=thirteen</b>]] ([[User talk:7&6=thirteen|<b style="color:#000">☎</b>]])</span> 02:42, 10 July 2022 (UTC)<!--Template:Rescue list--></small> on AFD pages. It is ethically required, and is good practice. Nevertheless, whatever I say on that subject has been criticized.Reply[reply]

I deny being insulting at AFD pages. Saying that there has been poor or ineffective WP:Before is not a personal disparagement. All editors are not created equal. It is possible that their research was substandard, albeit in good faith. But WP:Before is a useful guideline as to whether an article should be kept or deleted. It also sets forth a hierarchy that favors preservation if the article has been or can be improved. Additionally, where the article and its sourcing has been expanded, it sometimes becomes obvious that lots of sources were missed. WP:HEY has application. I have previously been accused of “spamming” WP:Before and WP:HEY. I don’t know what that means. I do know that I invoke the only when I genuinely believe they apply. WP:AGF. If they At AFD discussions, I ordinarily try to say it succinctly, and avoid repeated entries and arguments. WP:BLUDGEON works for me, but not for some of the deletionists. WP:COAL is a good practice, and I apply it the best I can.

Mass deletions (in one case 220 in one day by one editor) are problematical, and deserve to be called out. No one can cope with that. ARS cannot respond. Nor can it improve articles which can take many hours of time. This has got to stop, and it is rightly called out. Further, if you are easily persuaded that he really did a BEFORE check in a diligent way, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. The statistical arguments are deceptive and wrong. If you want to get a fair picture, take a count of the number of times I voted and the number of times I was in tune with the final result. It isn’t required that I do that. But if you are going to Monday-morning quarterback, you should be asking the right questions and collecting all the pertinent data I do not know how to get that statistic, and doing it manually is out of the question for me. I lack the technical skills. Merely posting at ARS is not proof of “canvassing.” It is what the project is supposed to do. I note that ARS has been the subject of 10 deletion attempts. And productive editors who were preserving articles are now told they cannot participate. If my numbers are high, it is not evidence of “canvassing.” It is evidence of article improvement. If the articles were kept, it shows either that (1) the AFD was wrong in the first instance; or (2) the article was improved so that it should be kept (and may be vastly different than it was when nominate for deleting). Keeping the article under those circumstances is a win for the encyclopedia and our readers. In passing, I note that User:Highking has boldly taken the position that article improvement is not a valid response to an AFD nomination. The panel ought to squarely straighten that out. The critics also note that if an article is posted at WP:ARS I don’t vote Delete. I think I have, but it is a rarity. That only proves that I am not being canvassed, and that I am selective. In my experience, AFDs are like litigation and horse races. In litigation, lawyers give themselves too much of the credit for their successes, and too much of the blame for their losses. In horse races, the outcome is 90% horse and 10% rider. If the article deserves to be kept, hopefully the closer will see it in the article and the result will follow. If it isn’t there, it isn’t there. I have no vested interest in the article’s fate; although I acknowledge that providing substantial edits to an article that gets deleted is frustrating, but comes with the territory. It is an occupational hazard. Reasonable minds may differ. I also respect closers and outcomes. Conversely, I get upset when serial deletions are brought on quickly after a keep. It happens. Or the KEEP outcome is cleverly circumvented by a fast Redirect. I do not keep a scoreboard of the articles I have saved (other than the partial listing of outcomes at ARS – I don’t always put AFD discussions in which I participate on those boards). I believe that the participants should be advised of the results. Feedback is important to moral.. I note that some of the deletionists participants here do keep and maintain lists of the articles they got deleted. A body count, so to speak. Oh well!

The purpose of posting at WP:ARS and my participation in editing articles, is exemplified by the following:

ARS posting AFD

ARS posting ARS posting posting Silly retaliation Maybe it means Article Rescue Squadron? [sarcasm] Dronebogus (talk) 04:05, 11 November 2021 (UTC) Why this article? Why NOW? And why again? This is a continuation of the just closed nomination And Dronebogus has now provided an explanation for his overwrought actions. Streisand effect. 7&6=thirteen (☎) 09:55, 11 November 2021 (UTC) Stop with your paranoid conspiracy theorist nonsense. Yes, I was making fun of your group for Molon labe-ing over this silly school article, but I also think there’s legitimate issues with notability and over-reliance on old AfD consensuses. Do you have nothing more productive to do than run the wiki around ranting about me? Even Andrew and Lightburst have cooled it a little after their tbans, and DF has participated in several AfDs (including this one) without stirring up drama. Why can’t you do the same? Not every AfD needs to be a battleground. Dronebogus (talk) 10:05, 11 November 2021 (UTC) If this closes as no consensus because of their obstructing nonsense again you should just renominate it. --Adamant1 (talk) 10:48, 11 November 2021 (UTC) I’ll be taking them to ANI again first so they don’t immediately do it again. Dronebogus (talk) 10:52, 11 November 2021 (UTC) nWho are you taking to ANI and for what reason? NemesisAT (talk) 16:32, 11 November 2021 (UTC) ARS posting

  • Various demographic articles

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ARS posting See the extended discussion which is buried. AFD 85 edits [ John Dinosaur (See MZ Tourist comments – continuing and irrelevant atttack on ARS)Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Incidents#Wikipedia:Article_Rescue_Squadron_is_getting_problematic Parallel discussion

I am frankly shocked, Mztourist, in another AFD on another genuinely notable namesake, didn't you claim that nomination was supported by precedent to delete all articles on namesakes? You failed to acknowledge there had been a procedural keep on a mass deletion. In the interests of civility and collegiality, I urge you to be open and transparent, in every discussion. Geo Swan (talk) 23:52, 29 January 2021 (UTC) Keep Nominators who do not make a genuinely meaningful effort to comply with BEFORE let down the entire project. Please, if you ever consider nominating another article, be more careful. Geo Swan (talk) 23:27, 29 January 2021 102 edits

AFD Shelby Gem factor. Now a Good Article.

220 articles or thereabouts. I know about WP:AGF and apply it. But if you believe they did WP:Before in this process, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

  • Bolt (cloth) AFD 150 edits Note this discussion: “Which info about bolts (fabric) would you wish to see in an article about (fabric) rolls? off topic wallpaper stuff could go into its own article, if necessary. (Also, "perjorative"? Are you a member of Project ARSehole too. It would explain a lot.) -Roxy the inedible dog . wooF” 15:43, 29 December 2020 (UTC) This was discussed at length [

at the article’s talk page.]

AFD AFD “another User:Lettler special. Keep As a matter of housekeeping, I would note that this is there is a previous nomination for deletion that just went down the tubes. This is the second nomination. This fact is being knowingly suppressed – on this and many articles. See Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Edward Henry Allen. Keep per WP:POINT. This article has been worked on by numerous editors to the point that it has appeared on the main page. It is therefore generally acceptable as an adornment to the encyclopedia per our policy WP:IAR. The nomination is based on WP:SOLDIER but that is an essay and so has no official standing and the current RfC Template:Did you know nominations/Tom Rees (British soldier) Discussion at DYK

DYK ARS listing See Mztourist’s comment here Harry F. Bauer, George M. Campbell, Maurice D. Jester Rescue listing

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Updated DYK query.svg On 17 July 2020, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Andy Auld (Royal Navy officer), which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that during the Falklands War, Royal Navy officer Andy Auld helped make operational the Sea Harrier, a short take-off and vertical landing jet fighter? You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while onC

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As you will observe, my discourse at the AFDs is short. By no means is it disruptive. I refuse to be baited into jawing with those who have made up their already closed minds.. It is a vain act. I need tol persuade the closer, and I do that by improving the articles.

If one wants to talk about results, it is the horse that won the race, not me.

This whole exercise is about the inability of the deletionists to thwart a dedicated editor who goes the extra mile to research and document the article’s subject matter.

This is sour grapes.

Kicking me out of ARS and out of AFDs will not make Wikipedia a better place.

Speaking as one arbitrator (in real life) to other arbitrators, I am confident you will review the record and do the right thing

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED, 7&6=thirteen () 02:42, 10 July 2022 (UTC) 7&6=thirteen () 03:54, 10 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  1. ^ I am not asking for them to be added as parties. However, their conduct needs to be viewed, so that anything I said can be reviewed in context, not just a few words in isolation. Differential edit links don't provide that. And those pages have been repeatedly archived, or extraneous comments hidden.