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Intimidating email[edit]

{{flag}} I have received an long, intimidating email from User:Bbber23er to my personal account which has been forwarded to scoop. Its contents include the Internationale and a long rambling email denouncing several users. Furthermore, the lines: "I just thought it was his IQ, thanks for clearing up my misconceptions.

The perfect insult to a terrible username.

Bbbeheading of Bbb23IQ".

Please resolve ASAP. --JJLiu112 (talk) 18:10, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@JJLiu112: I think I know what this is. Bbb23 is a sysop on en.wp who has been harassed a lot for handling SPIs and such. You should get a Steward or email Steward Oversight at Meta as this is cross-wiki and we don't have any local sysops online at the moment. As a side note, was I mentioned? If I was, that and the Internationale gives me an idea of who it might be (a person both Bbb23 and I recently had negative interactions with on en.wp). --Heavy Water (talk) 18:45, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I saw this discussion and would like to say im in no relation to this vandal, i might have 23 and start with a B but I'm not associated whatsoever with this harrassment, thanks. Blintime23 (talk) 18:49, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Blintime23: No, no one suspected such. Meta advises contacting the WMF in emergency cases and Stewards in simpler ones to block the user. --Heavy Water (talk) 18:57, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
OK, it appears the offender has already been globally locked. I can ask the locking steward if email access was revoked. --Heavy Water (talk) 18:57, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm still waiting for the steward to respond, but the global lock policy apparently makes no mention of talk page and email access as separate entities from editing access, so I'll presume it was automatically revoked and the matter resolved. I also left a message at Bbb23's talk page. --Heavy Water (talk) 19:12, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Email revocation was confirmed by the steward. --Heavy Water (talk) 20:04, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@JJLiu112: Yep, my suspicions are confirmed. Whether or not they mentioned me, their long rants on other wikis are identical to those of the person I was thinking of. --Heavy Water (talk) 19:20, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@User:Heavy Water It is not supposed to be intimidating, it is meant to be informative, where did I go wrong? (talk) 22:38, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@User:Bbb23 needs to be EXPOSED (talk) 22:39, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
"Where did I go wrong?" Where do I start? Your "exposé" crusade is mere harassment. That's one thing, CerroFerro (as you have openly admitted to socking in your rants, I have only become more sure you are one and the same). A whole different thing is harassing me, who has no connection to Bbb, and then JJ (presumably because you couldn't find my email address). Leave us the hell out of whatever crusade you're undertaking. Your trolling will receive no further responses here. Heavy Water (talk) 23:58, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
User:Heavy Water
1. "CerroFerro"? In what rant? I have never even heard of that user.
2. How did I harass you
3. Who’s JJ?-- (talk) 00:59, 15 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please continue this conversation, which appears to have out-of-site scope, on an appropriate platform unless it has immediate pertinence to admins here. I would ask, if the user above is that who sent me an email on 14 January, to stop. --JJLiu112 (talk) 16:54, 16 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@JJLiu112: Ok, I'll add you to the blacklist so you won’t receive e-mails. But, may I ask, what is the appropriate platform? (talk) 07:48, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@ What are you even talking about? Are you sending mass mails? --SVTCobra 07:53, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@SVTCobra: My script to do so is almost done, and I have figured out a way to fully bypass both the CAPTCHA and the Abuse Filter. (talk) 08:06, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Unlikely, but I guess you can try. Sanctions have been invoked. --SVTCobra 08:12, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@SVTCobra: 1) I already have. 2) What do you mean by "Sanctions have been invoked"? 3) What is the appropriate platform? Yadtreht2 (talk) 21:17, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
There is no platform for you. Sanctions are thing like blocks. Bye, --SVTCobra 21:24, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Then why did you tell me to “go to the appropriate platform”? French superiority (talk) 23:40, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Spam/Spambot + Vandalism. – Tryvix1509 (talk) 12:28, 16 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@SVTCobra: Please block IP before mass delete page. It's a spambot/LTA. – Tryvix1509 (talk) 12:50, 16 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Tryvix1509: While I don't see the activity as spam or bot-like, sanctions were issued and the pages deleted. --SVTCobra 13:11, 16 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply][edit]

Please block this school IP address, it continually reverts every edit I make without explanation despite warnings; multiple wikis have already blocked it for vandalism. --Heavy Water (talk) 22:05, 17 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done (thanks, SVTCobra!) --Heavy Water (talk) 22:22, 17 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Should this category be semi-protected? It, like other animal-related cats or pages, is a favorite target for vandalism of the LTA most recently known as "BarberaBoison" (who was globally locked at 22:27 UTC). --Heavy Water (talk) 22:38, 23 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done Semi for edit and full for move. --SVTCobra 23:16, 29 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

New spamming techinque?[edit]

In the last two days we have had spammers go back to old (I mean very old) articles and add spam to them. So far they have been topic related, as in music. They seem to only use an IP once per post, but they are clearly related. Abuse filter is not noticing them and since they post to talk pages the mess is harder to clean up. Any thoughts? Cheers, --SVTCobra 05:51, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

They edit the talk pages as the articles were archived. Just to clarify. Oh, and there seems to be a preference for articles which never had a talk page from the day it was published. --SVTCobra 05:57, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@SVTCobra: And now they use a different IP to revert my reversions. They do use a consistent URL, so we could set up a filter, but, as they did originally, they might split up the words. --Heavy Water (talk) 17:15, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I just added a new rule to the filter. --SVTCobra 17:26, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Great! --Heavy Water (talk) 18:12, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The filter only got three of them before they adapted. --SVTCobra 19:19, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And heads up: it is not commercial spam, it is related to LTA/GRP. --SVTCobra 19:38, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I saw Antandrus' link, yeah. Apparently that's one of his interests. The LTA advisory does say filters will help, but... --Heavy Water (talk) 19:54, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, I added a few more variations to the filter. The advisory also says to send the IPs to SRG, but there are simply too many and I don't feel like compiling a list. --SVTCobra 20:00, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Anything else[edit]

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