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Huelam987 (talk · contributions · Move log · block log · uploadsblock user has uploaded over 150 files with false licensing claims during the past year. In spite of multiple warnings and attempts to engage with the user, they have continued unabated while remaining completely incommunicado. While much of the content they have uploaded is in the public domain (mostly crops of paintings already present on Commons), the false licensing claims constitute copyfraud. It seems this user is not willing to become a constructive contributor any time soon. LX (talk, contribs) 13:27, 10 June 2018 (UTC)

  • The user's uploads and behavior is indeed problematic. I think a block would be in order. Regards. T Cells (talk) 17:53, 10 June 2018 (UTC)
Huelam987 has not reacted in the slightest to their conduct being discussed here and is now claiming to have been a photographer at the Dutch court around the turn of the last century. LX (talk, contribs) 22:33, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

User:Ramiiiiiiiii- barnstars[edit]

Hello, is it acceptable to send all of this barnstars from new account? --Alaa :)..! 05:35, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

@علاء: I don't think so.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 05:47, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg  Comment User warned, 2 files deleted. Yann (talk) 08:03, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

Blackcat (talk · contribs) SERGIO[edit]

User removed Category:Ephemera of London from Category:Ephemera, I undid the edit as it is an obvious subcat, Then user left this message on my talk page "That's a main category. Create Ephemera by country --> Ephemera from the United Kingdom --> Ephemera from London rather." and undid my edit. to which I replied "This category structure doesn't currently exist, create it if you wish" then the user replied "Keep disrupting the project and I'm blocking you." All this seems very odd, since when is maintaining a category structure disrupting the project? Oxyman (talk) 09:01, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

1:30 minute work, instead of raising pointless rant. You weren't mantaining a category structure. I did. you refused to do it. -- SERGIO (aka the Blackcat) 09:04, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
I'm sorry your actions are strange I can't see what I have done to warrant a threat of being blocked, where to you go to check out of control admins? Oxyman (talk) 09:09, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
you reverted an action of category manteinance without explaining your rationale. You were explained why you were reverted and you didn't give a fuck. You had 2 things you could do: either create the category tree or leave the things as they were. You did none of them and again didn't give a fuck of what I said. -- SERGIO (aka the Blackcat) 09:12, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
You removed a valid category without explaining your rationale first, your actions since then are unfathomable, there is no point in furtherer communication between us two, we need someone else unconnected to look into this users behavior Oxyman (talk) 09:16, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
Do you think is a feasible reply This category structure doesn't currently exist, create it if you wish instead of creating it? I consider it a heavy sign of lack of cooperation. Read again what you wrote and maybe you'll realize that such replies might trigger far more than a block menace. -- SERGIO (aka the Blackcat) 09:22, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
Given that your original message was barely legible any attempt to reply to it was doing furtherer then could be expected, I had no real idea what you were trying to say, I would assume after seeing that message that English is not your first language. as I have already said your actions since then are unfathomable, there is no point in furtherer communication between us two, we need someone else unconnected to look into this user's behavior Oxyman (talk) 09:28, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
"You had 2 things you could do: either create the category tree or leave the things as they were." - that would seem to apply to your actions as well, Sergio, no? Given that the tree wasn't created a the point you removed Category:Ephemera of London from Category:Ephemera, I'm having a hard time understanding your apparent point of view that the onus was on Oxyman and that until the full tree existed Category:Ephemera of London should not be in Category:Ephemera... but perhaps my lack of deep experience with our category tree is misinforming me. I would be happy for a correction. Threatening a block for what appears to have been a classic edit war in which you were clearly involved does seem to be troubling either way. Storkk (talk) 12:09, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
I said indeed that I exagerated menacing a block and that I wouldn't do it again, @Storkk:, I simply was frustrated because I read basically do it if you wish instead of reading a bit of cooperation. -- SERGIO (aka the Blackcat) 12:12, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

I agree with Oxyman that this edit to simply remove an obvious parent category is disruptive to the project. Blackcat seems to think the onus is on Oxyman to create two layers of intermediate categories. It very much is not. If Blackcat thinks these intermediate categories are useful, then he should create them and move the Ephemera of London into the new categories he has created, rather than simply removing an obvious parent category and thus losing information from the category system. In addition to being wrong, Blackcat is also edit warring and threatening to abuse his admin tools to settle a content dispute he started and is very much involved in. I hope Blackcat appreciates both these mistakes of his, and assures us they will not recur. Otherwise a de-admin would seem the appropriate next step. -- Colin (talk) 09:44, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

I agree with Oxyman and Colin. I especially find threatening the use of admin tools in a content dispute that the admin is involved in inappropriate. Sebari – aka Srittau (talk) 10:01, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
Clearly Colin ignores that the categories were created eventually. Anyway it's not a matter of onus: everyone should - and could - do everything if possible. We are not here in a vacuum, everyone knows that most topics have at least a layer "topic by country". So I found create it if you wish extremely challenging and not suitable for a cooperative project, as he couldn't ignore that was an useful layer. I reckon that I exagerated threatening a block but I didn't do in order to win the discussion but for remarking the disruptivity of a statement that basically says don't care if other categories have such layer, do it by yourself if you wish. -- SERGIO (aka the Blackcat) 10:33, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
I don't ignore that at all. Of course nobody has an "onus" out of the blue, but when you do something here, like removing information by removing a parent category, then you do have an onus to repair the damage you caused. It doesn't really matter if/whether having intermediate categories is common or better. Having the Ephemera parent category is clearly better than having no parent linking up to Ephemera at all, which is what you did. That's why your edit is disruptive and Oxyman's was not. Don't you see you broke the category tree by removing it, so it really is up to you to restore the links? Wrt your block threat, stop digging. It was totally wrong, totally inexcusable, and just about the worst thing an admin can do on the project. You were not given the tools in order to win arguments, to make points, to bully others into doing your work for them, or to throw about just because you are annoyed by another person's attitude. Currently I see no reason for you to retain your admin bit as you aren't displaying any of the qualities necessary. -- Colin (talk) 10:40, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
Some users like those extra layers with only one cat in them, others don't. He could easily ignore it as a useful layer. Matter of preference. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 10:44, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

Telling the user they "didn't give a fuck" is generally admin-unworthy. (although it could be acceptable when said while informing a user of a well-earned indefblock) But here, it's just adding fuel to the fire.

On a completely unrelated note, Blackcat wasn't very nice to me but now at least I know it wasn't personal. He made it clear my DR sucked dick and I should rot in hell for creating it. (not his exact words.. he likened my DR to decapitation threats "trying to treating dandruff under menace of beheading someone") I withdrew the DR, closed it myself and removed deletion templates from the files. I don't need this shit. Despite being utterly worthless, Blackcat used the DR as a bogus rationale to delete some of the files. What followed was User talk:Blackcat#Dalida where User:Materialscientist asked "what the hell??" (not their exact words, it was actually very civil) and Blackcat responded "So far I have tried to save the PD-Italy photos in the mass deletion request, I deleted the ones that hardly could be saved (basically those that looked like the model posed by order of the photographer)" which is very confusing. Trying to save something by deleting it? The DR had only been open for a few hours, no rush.

I pretty much expect Blackcat to respond in some very negative way to this, I can already guess some of the words that will be used. I don't really give a shit though. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 10:44, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Symbol keep vote.svg  I’m agreeing with Alexis Jazz, Colin, and Oxyman here. The issue is not whether intermediate category layers should be created (which they should, sooner or later), nor whether Oxyman’s initial categorization was correct (it surely was), nor even whether User:Blackcat’s reversal was a good edit (though it surely was not). The matter here is how much this is Blackcat’s unacceptable bullying-while-admin: Threaten to block over what is, undeniably, correct categorization?! Not good at all! Resign, frankly. -- Tuválkin 12:58, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I would support a desysop at the current stage. We don't need admins that threaten others with the use off their tools during a conflict about the content. Also, the examples listed by Alexis Jazz are troublesome. Natuur12 (talk) 12:24, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg  Complete agreement with Alexis Jazz, Colin, Oxyman, Tuvalkin and Natuur1. Threats, inimidation, foul language and hostility have no place on this site, especially amongst the administrative staff. I would support an immediate desysop and removal of all privileges. AshFriday (talk) 05:32, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Support warning that future threat of this nature may result in desysop but oppose any desysop at this time. Regards. T Cells (talk · contribs · email) 18:31, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

喜屋武プ癩 (talk · contribs)[edit]

Yes check.svg Resolved

Vandalism on many pages. --Migebert (talk) 11:01, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

Indef blocked. Thanks for reverting. Rodhullandemu (talk) 11:39, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

Tom Colne[edit]

They are uploading naked pictures again after that have already been deleted.--BevinKacon (talk) 22:15, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

✓  Done User blocked, files deleted. Yann (talk) 22:25, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Speedy close Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Charles Friendly as reposted content, and speedy delete Category:Richard Crowe as empty?--BevinKacon (talk) 22:52, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

✓  Done Yann (talk) 23:35, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Junk files[edit]

Only here to upload junk files.--BevinKacon (talk) 22:16, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

✓  Done - blocked and nuked. Эlcobbola talk 22:25, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Zelenko Eugene[edit]

@EugeneZelenko: is this you?: Zelenko Eugene (talk · contribs) -- Tuválkin 21:00, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Indef blocked as an impersonator. Storkk (talk) 21:23, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
No, it is not my account. I think will be good idea to involve checkuser in such situations. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:11, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

@Storkk: How do you come to the conclusion that it's a bad-faith impersonation? For me, seems more like a silly coincidence... --A.Savin 00:25, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

@A.Savin: no more a “coincidence” than existence of Сланец Глинистый (talk · contribs) alongside Глинистый сланец (talk · contribs). Look at File:Inaugurazione della XXVI Legislatura.png (histlogsabuse log). Incnis Mrsi (talk) 07:20, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
About as silly as a User:A,Savin or User:A.Savіn would be, considering this was an LTA sock. Storkk (talk) 09:29, 20 June 2018 (UTC)