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==David Brown spammer==
==David Brown spammer==
Just a note to the admins - the spammer "David Brown" used the IP addresses, and and, but both of the 24 IPs aren't blocked. I don't know what it takes to get a permanent block, but this *ahem* gentleman blanked at least four pages with his worthless spam on all of those addresses, if it is indeed the same guy. {{User:Thesmokingmonkey/sig}} 18:09, 27 Aug 2005 (UTC)
Just a note to the admins - the spammer "David Brown" used the IP addresses, and and, but both of the 24 IPs aren't blocked. I don't know what it takes to get a permanent block, but this *ahem* gentleman blanked at least four pages with his worthless spam on all of those addresses, if it is indeed the same guy. {{User:Thesmokingmonkey/sig}} 18:09, 27 Aug 2005 (UTC)
�He struck again.  I hate this spammer. {{User:Rogue Leader.sig}} 16:02, 29 Aug 2005 (UTC)
:He struck again.  I hate this spammer. {{User:Rogue Leader.sig}} 16:02, 29 Aug 2005 (UTC)

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Rollback link?

Okay, on the WikiTroll page it has instructions for reverting a page back to a previous version. In it, it says:

Next, click the "rollback" link near the upper right side of the page (directly to the right of the most recent author's name).

However it doesn't have a rollback link by the most recent author's name... do these instructions need to be revised?

--Kilroy 19:05, 28 Sep 2004 (MST)

Yes, of course. I have changed the text to refect this. -- Tom 10:26, 29 Sep 2004 (MST)

In these instructions, I noticed that the two sections are sysop and non-sysop. What is sysop, and how do I get it? Its really annoying reverting edits the non-sysop way.

First off, please sign your posts, -erson. Second off, a sysop is just an Admin, which is a user with different rights (blocking an IP, for example). To become an admin, another one must appoint it to you. →FireBird

Semi off topic, but semi on. It's a very nice diversion from studying for your psychology exam that you're going to fail anyway to go through the trolled pages and check out all the...well...trolling ^_^ --Southpaw018 20:47, 3 Nov 2004 (MST)

Trolling or not?

I notice many IP's are starting to troll, then deleting the trolling afterwards. Is this still considered trolling? -- FireBird|Talk

It depends really. If it is something like they are adding "adsfafsd" to a page and then removing it, I'd think that's more a new person testing on a page instead of the sandbox. If it's something that's defacement, then it's still defacement. Do you have a specific example in mind? -- Tom 02:26, 13 Nov 2004 (MST)
A new user (daunrealist) posted "I am dumb" and "I spelled grammar and Mozillaa wrong" on my talk page, but then deleted it. I told him to stop, but he just said he was "commenting". --FireBird|Talk


Shouldn't this be in the HRWiki namespace instead of the main one? --[[User:Kilroy|Kilroy/talk]] 17:18, 22 Nov 2004 (MST)

Probably. I was wondering how long it would take for someone to notice. I'll move it now. -- Tom 18:37, 22 Nov 2004 (MST)

New Format

Although I agree that the new format looks nicer, I have two concerns:

  • By archiving the offense, we're adding to the exposure of spam. If people are really curious about the offense, they could find it in the old format with a few mouse clicks.
  • It's more difficult for people to contribute to the spam page. Before, it was rather straightforward; now people have to figure out formatting for the chart when they add a submission. Perhaps we could devise a system in which people can add a simple comment and another person reformat it later; this adds an extra step, but is more convenient for those less familiar with Wikipedia who still wish to defend the sanctity of the Wiki. =) --FortyTwo
I actually agree with you about the degree of difficulty. It is a big increase. I was actually thinking of saying something in the instructions about, "Yeah, and if you can't figure that table out, just do your best down at the bottom of the page and someone will fix it for you." As to the archive of the old stuff, MediaWiki keeps every edit for every page anyway. We might need to develop some kind of subpage archive, which I would want to make kind of fancy or something, but I was going to wait until the end of the month. -- Tom 21:38, 14 Dec 2004 (MST)
P.S.: I added the note. I'd also like to add that this format is just to make my job a little easier. All those links are the pages I check before I block someone. It's totally selfish on my part... -- Tom 21:45, 14 Dec 2004 (MST)
I saw the note and I understand your reasons for wanting easy access to the offense. Thanks for your quick response! -- FortyTwo
It seems kind of cluttered now (and a whole lot more confusing). But whatever is easier for the admins. It's not like it matters. →FireBird


I actually didn't block, and I won't block for its last edit because of the nature of their IP addresses. These edits really aren't that bad, and from what I noticed the software did in the time after I blocked "spacemonkey", it seems to be that is who to blame. The software blocks anonymous editors that have the same IP as a blocked user, and I know a bunch were auto blocked while he/she was blocked. The only way to deal with these dynamic IP people is with quick reverts to discourage them. If it gets bad, I don't mind a short temp block, but I don't like blocking legitimate users that might get caught in the same range. Anyway, it just seems that this person thinks they are funny or something, and I imagine they might know Renegade Master in real life. Bah. -- Tom 12:50, 1 Jan 2005 (MST)

Yes, why is he so determined to troll?! -woddfellow2| 22:12, 10 Jan 2005 (MST)


The troll list is getting fairly long; can we archive some of the older entries to make it shorter to edit? If someone is a repeat offender, a glance at their "contributions" should reveal that. --FortyTwo 22:43, 11 Jan 2005 (MST)

Okay, good idea. How much should I leave here though? One month? Two? -- Tom 15:39, 12 Jan 2005 (MST)
We could probably group them by month, then have just the current and previous month's troll list posted (so, now we would have December and January). Even just dividing by month would help the page, since then people could edit just one section instead of the whole page. It would also make it clearer to first-time reporters where they should place their edits. Thanks! -- FortyTwo 19:51, 12 Jan 2005 (MST)
I think you have the right idea with knowing previous offenders by their contributions listing. I suppose if we created an archive page, I could just put all but the most recent few months there. I don't know what you mean by adding to different months though, since each new entry is placed at the bottom of the list regardless of if they've defaced before. -- Tom 23:48, 12 Jan 2005 (MST)
Yes, that list is getting too fragging long. It takes too long to load. How are we going to archive the older entries? -woddfellow2| 13:35, 14 Jan 2005 (MST)
Oh, almost forgot about this. HRWiki:WikiTroll Archive works for me. -- Tom 19:51, 14 Jan 2005 (MST)


I would like something done with pertmywert. It's driving me nuts. It seems as though he thinks that his userspace is his own website. If you try to talk to him through his talk page he will get mad and erase your comment, as well as your userspace. He also insults people with crap (see "here). He just doesn't get it, and I see no way to contact him. →[[User:FireBird|FireBird]]

Hey sorry firebird

post something on my page to tell me what i am doing wrong please


New Spammer thing I noticed

We now have a type of spammer that claims to be unspamming in the summary of change box. Example: Just wanted to let people know, as it confused me for a moment. -- Tom 13:31, 23 Mar 2005 (MST)

Testing Outside of Sandbox = Trolling?

I am trying to decide whether or not to ad to the troll blotter. He/she seems to be testing, so it would probably be mean to add his/her IP address to the troll blotter. What should I do? woddfellow2| 11:31, 30 Mar 2005 (MST)

My advice for the moment is to do nothing; I think the maxim "Please do not bite the newcomers" applies here. As of this writing, the IP in question only has two contributions, which are hardly anything to get worked up about. If the user does it again, then I suggest a gentle note on his or her talk page explaining that these actions are inappropriate. Only after that would I believe that a formal sanction was warranted. — It's dot com 12:30, 30 Mar 2005 (MST)
The use of the test template might also be good as well. -- Tom 19:14, 2 Apr 2005 (MST)

Block IP Blocks

Is it possible to delete a block of IP addresses? 69.50.1* has been spamming over and over and over and over and over and OVER again, (his favorite targets are Peasant's Quest (don't ask me why!), HRWiki:FAQ, Talk:FAQ, and HRWiki talk:FAQ) but his IP address shifts ever so slightly each time. He doesn't seem to realize that the Wiki now automatically adds a nofollow tag to links. It's really annoying. The alternative would be to block each and every IP address he could theoretically post through, but that's likely in the neighborhood of several thousand (give me a while and I could give you the exact number) and it's possible you might accidently block a legit user. --Jay 07:41, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC)

The smallest third frame I've seen him use is 166, and the largest is 187. My math gives that the smallest and largest he's probably capable of are 160 and 191. That gives him 8,190 possible different IP addresses! Ow! So if block-blocking isn't possible, he's going to be around for a while... ugh. --Jay 07:45, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC)
He's still around and still spamming. Isn't there ANYTHING you can do? --Jay 06:13, 16 Apr 2005 (UTC)
If anyone cares (which doesn't seem to be the case), I've officially seen him use a 191 third frame. I doubt he can go higher, based on what I know about IPs. --me again

I just can't resist gone yay
(Check the link to see what I'm talking about...) --Jay (Talk) 15:38, 29 Apr 2005 (UTC)

I clicked, but... Kvb 15:44, 29 Apr 2005 (UTC)

He's the guy who keeps adding "schuylers gone yay" to pages. He did it to Email, to Toons and to his own now-deleted illegitimate User page. He's also been responsible for other sorts of trolling (he's the guy you just reverted and I blocked for a little while.) --Jay (Talk) 15:47, 29 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Okay, I just didn't get the "schuylers gone yay" reference. Kvb 15:50, 29 Apr 2005 (UTC)

How do I?

Let's say I found someone trolling, you know defacing pages, breaking links and all that sort of stuff. How'd I report it? Do I just post something here saying (insert ip adress here) is trolling?

TROLL is trolling and has trolled on pertmywert s user page and on the hrwiki help page with adult porn sites.


Done. — Kilroy / talk 12:28, 27 May 2005 (UTC)

When to Add Trolls

I was wondering when I should and when I shouldn't add trolls to this page, because I usually wonder if what I am doing is unnecessary when .... I add a troll after it gets temporarily blocked, to serve as a sort of "log," just in case it comes back for a repeat. But then I wonder, do most sysops look at the user contributions and block log instead of the troll page to see if it is a repeat offender?

Is this page's purpose to be more of an attention-caller to sysops after a troll has done its work, and hasn't been blocked because there were no sysops logged in? Is that really the only time I should add a troll to this page? Or does this serve as a detailed log? If so, then why don't more people add bad trolls after they are blocked? --BazookaJoe 23:52, 10 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Well, I usually check the user contributions before I block, to see if the user is a repeat offender. It's most important to put them on the WikiTroll page when the troll needs to be blocked but there are no sysops there. Other times, it's not necessary, I don't think. Aurora the Homestar Coder 23:54, 10 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Over and over, this moron keeps returning. He's got a dynamic IP, so in order to properly thwart him, we have to block the whole range. But by doing so, there's a chance that totally legit users will get blocked as well. Is there any way to report this guy to his ISP? (It's Earthlink in, of all places, Atlanta, GA.) --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 07:01, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)

To answer my own question, I tracked down their abuse line and sent an e-mail to it. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 07:10, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Yay for automated systems. After mentioning where I was coming from, the nature of the attacker, the IP address he was last seen using, the approximate time he used it, my time zone, and the date... it came back with an automated response, saying I didn't include enough information and needed to include AT LEAST an IP address, a time, a time zone and a date. >_< Strangely enough, responding to that with (in summary) "Uh... I did" got an automated response that said "Okay, we got it!" --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 07:18, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)
When posting on this talk page, please begin your post with several colons, which will indent your reply. Follow that with AT LEAST some content that relates to the lines that precede your message. Last, add your signature and the date and time. Thank you. — Automated Response 07:25, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Ell. Oh. Ell. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 07:28, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Okay, we got it! — Automated Response


OMG!!!! Somehow Fricky Dee trolled on MY IP address!!!! How can that be????? -Kinsey

Woah. Go ask a sysop or admin for help. User:Rogue Leader.sig

If you have a dynamic ip address then it's possible that at one time the troller had the same ip address as you at some point in time. Also, some ISPs use the same IP address for more then one customer (rare, however). That's my 13 cents. Can be many other things though. -Mick

Template aid

I made a simple template to make adding a troll just a little easier. It is in the following format: {{troll|evildoer}}. It's a lot like the STUFF templates, in that you add the template where it should go, preview it, and then copy and paste the resulting code over the template. Note: the code for a new row (|-) is not part of the template, so you'll need to add that manually. I tried it both ways and it was easier the way it is now. Also note: the HTML comments are next to the brackets where the links go, not in them, because it was easier to replace the text that way. (I don't like the way the selection insists on expanding when I'm highlighting something.) — It's dot com 01:14, 27 Jul 2005 (UTC)

Hmm, I'm playing with the variables a little here, but why go through the whole thing of doing a copy and paste? Why not just have {{subst:troll|It's dot com|page|http://diffgoeshere|description}} output exactly what we need:

|| 10/17/2019 || It's not com (all edits) || page || http://diffgoeshere

Works for me. And I don't think it would be too hard to explain, at the very least it's easier than doing the copy and paste thing. -- Tom 20:35, 27 Jul 2005 (UTC)
Ah ha, now you want to put the table formatting in there too? I'll let you figure that out. Let me know here when you're done. -- Tom 20:36, 27 Jul 2005 (UTC)

The template has been modified. The format is now: {{ subst: troll | evildoer | | description }}It's dot com 20:43, 27 Jul 2005 (UTC)

What a tick. I don't think CURRENTMONTH et al. work like we think they do with templates. Do you see what I'm saying? -- Tom 20:40, 27 Jul 2005 (UTC)
Yeah, if you posted a troll today with this template, the date would keep updating itself every day. And the user guide says using "subst" for each of those magic words would just show the date the template was created. It looks like we are going to have to have the user input the date themselves. -- Tom 20:46, 27 Jul 2005 (UTC)
Hmm. Well stink. They need to fix that. — It's dot com 21:03, 27 Jul 2005 (UTC)

The template has been modified again. The new format is now:
{{ subst: troll | mm/dd/yy | evildoer }} [[pagename]][actual edit] || description
Note where the template closes. This is necessary because of the equal signs (=) in the actual edit link. — It's dot com 21:07, 27 Jul 2005 (UTC)

What's with these people?

I've been looking at the troll edits. You'd expect if they were going to do something that would get themselves in trouble, they would do so constructively. I mean, you'd expect they'd put in something humorous or some misconception or something like that. But all they do is insert explicit crap for no good reason. And the threats against the admins? what's with that? They type like they're illiterate, they have no sense of humor or comprehension of other people... What do they think this site is, or that people use this for? Who are these stupid people?

They type like they're illiterate, they have no sense of humor or comprehension of other people; I think that pretty well explains the vast majority of them. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 19:26, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)


This page needs to be archived soon. User:Rogue Leader.sig 01:13, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)

Uh, this page is over forty kilos long. User:Rogue Leader.sig 19:37, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)


How dare you blame me for being a troll! I threaten to scare the trolls away, To stop them! I only have the sites good order in mind. I sware it! I mean only harm to the vile trolls! I will not appologize for my actions, I did what I did for the good of the site, That is my argument! --Thechamp 19:11, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)

We don't need to scare them away; they can be blocked by sysops. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 19:27, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)
Yes, but any administrator will admit to you that They can only be blocked for a minamal amount of time, I say we need a more permenant blocking system! If we can get funding by people that come here, We may be able to get programming axcessable only to the admins, that can perminantly block the site from users that illeaglely use it! There is always a bigger gun! --Thechamp 19:31, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)
I am a sysop and have, multiple times, blocked IP addresses or user names permanently. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 19:33, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)
You can set the "Length of block" to "indefinite" or "infinite". See Special:Ipblocklist. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 19:37, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)
But the admin I spoke with told me that the blockings were only finite? So they realy aren't? -Thechamp 19:41, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)
You can set them to finite or infinite. The latter is only reserved for extreme cases. Which sysop did you talk to? --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 19:44, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)

I think it was the first one on the special page list. _Thechamp 19:46, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)

Can someone maybe take me off the list? --Thechamp 20:06, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)

crossed out

Why are a lot of the topics in this page crossed out or is it just me?--minibaseball.png Bkmlb(talk to me·stuff I did) 19:39, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)

me to. I think no one finished the <s> tags. User:Rogue Leader.sig 19:40, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)
These sections were crossed out for a reason. — It's dot com 22:05, 23 Aug 2005 (UTC)

Is this like wikipedia

If so can't you prevent trolls by locking pages like they do at wikipedia

Of course we can, but we choose not to lock most pages other than the Main Page. —BazookaJoe 16:41, 27 Aug 2005 (UTC)

David Brown spammer

Just a note to the admins - the spammer "David Brown" used the IP addresses, and and, but both of the 24 IPs aren't blocked. I don't know what it takes to get a permanent block, but this *ahem* gentleman blanked at least four pages with his worthless spam on all of those addresses, if it is indeed the same guy. THE SMOKING MONKEY 18:09, 27 Aug 2005 (UTC)

He struck again. I hate this spammer. User:Rogue Leader.sig 16:02, 29 Aug 2005 (UTC)
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