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Welcome to Meta![edit]

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-★- PlyrStar93. Message me. 17:03, 18 October 2017 (UTC)


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Hi Jon Kolbert, just wanted to let you know that I have added the autopatrol right to your account, as you are a trustworthy user. This feature will have no effect on your editing, and is simply intended to reduce the workload on new page patrollers. For more information on the patroller right, see Meta:Autopatrollers. Feel free to leave me a message if you have any questions. Happy editing! RadiX 01:03, 7 November 2017 (UTC)

The Community Wishlist Survey[edit]


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You can vote from November 16 to November 30. To keep the number of messages at a reasonable level, I won’t send out a separate reminder to you about that. /Johan (WMF) 11:24, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

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Email send[edit]

Trijnsteltalk 21:55, 23 February 2019 (UTC) Kolbert your arbitrary blocking of my edits may seem childishly amusing to you and your friend Satan but by continuing to block correction you are part of the dumbing down of these End Times.# A case in point is the idiotic prattle in Rare Earths article which states that rare earths came to earth from supernove explosings.

That is how Hollyood likes to bamboozle childfren but is far from the real truth.

Arab string vandal is a daily thing[edit]

The Arab string bloke is usually there for a day at an IP, no longer, and can seem to get a second IP address, though I haven't seen themt get a third in a day.  — billinghurst sDrewth

User:John Kolbert[edit]

Hello, when I've seen the history of my talk page on the meta-wiki, I'd thought that was you who did that (not likely though). But then I've noticed the h in there so I'm happy that it wasn't you and the impersonator got blocked for that. Iggy the Swan (talk) 19:10, 1 March 2019 (UTC)

@Iggy the Swan: Yep! Glad you knew it wasn't me. All taken care of now - see you around. Jon Kolbert (talk) 19:24, 1 March 2019 (UTC)

SBHandler gadget[edit]

To make life easier for you for blacklisting, and/or you are going to poke your head into some of the COIBot reports, I encourage you to enable the SBHandler gadget. Makes blacklisting from Talk:Spam blacklist, XWiki report pages, with the requisite logging so much sweeter. It also means that we are able to search and find things easier when someone comes a-whining.  — billinghurst sDrewth 20:27, 5 March 2019 (UTC)

@Billinghurst: Thanks - does this gadget work with vector? It doesn't seem to be appearing for me. Jon Kolbert (talk) 03:26, 6 March 2019 (UTC)
Yes, you should see the section links have a rewrite with links to do other things. There may some conflicting gadget, or javascript, that does something to your section edit links.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:18, 6 March 2019 (UTC)

Letting Beetstra know your cloak[edit]

I have asked Beetstra to give you some controls over COIBot, though to do that he will need to know your freenode cloak details so COIBot listens to you in IRC. Would you mind adding that detail to the request I left on his talk page. Thanks if you can.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:26, 24 March 2019 (UTC)

Avid user[edit]

I am an avid Wikipedia author and kindly ask you to lift my ban. -- 08:15, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

Spam blacklist entry[edit]

Re your email. It seems that while the COIBot page said that I added it, it has failed to be added. <shrug> Added now as a smaller regex term.  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:58, 10 April 2019 (UTC)

2607:FB90::::::/32 in abuselog[edit]

There are numbers of attempts to edit your user page from the IP range [1] and I am guessing it relates to your global block on the range. I haven't overly reviewed the edits.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:14, 28 April 2019 (UTC)

@Billinghurst: Thanks for the heads-up, I have edited the block message to direct them to contact stewards if they are affected. I have been handling the tickets related to this block. Jon Kolbert (talk) 22:55, 28 April 2019 (UTC)
There again and with an email address.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:19, 2 May 2019 (UTC)

Hey, this is, I believe, the IP address belonging to me. Please let me say, it is very clear, I have got allot to learn. Please guide me, as I am not too tech savvy. I have close to no idea what I'm doing here, and I most certainly mean no harm. It's clear I messed something up, I just hope there is still an opportunity for dialog. Please help. IsraelAbrahm (talk) 07:05, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

IP ban[edit]

Hi! I've just admitted that I can not do any edites in Wikipedia projects, exept for Ukrainian Wikipedia. The reason is that my IP was blocked from March 24, 2019 by you. I am not using open proxy and I was editing wiki with this ip for appx. 4 years. Could you please help me with with problem. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

My IP:, blocked range:—The preceding unsigned comment was added by NV (talk) (caught in abuse filter and added by admin)

Replied via e-mail. Jon Kolbert (talk) 13:17, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

IP ban[edit]

Hey, you blocked my page for proxy. I use it for chatting with my girlfriend. Just didn't turn off it when use wikipedia. Solve this problem, please

@Goryachevart: Per m:NOP open proxies are generally blocked, that being said you can apply for an exemption. Jon Kolbert (talk) 13:53, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

I'm blocked[edit]

I'm blocked for editing on the site, I understand it's related to you Can you please help me? This happens when I try to edit from the address: 2607:fb90:18d5:9814:0:4d:82ec:a901

Thanks. 23:42, 3 May 2019 (UTC)

This block is set not to affect users that are logged-in, if you log into Wikipedia you should no longer be affected. Jon Kolbert (talk) 13:54, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

IP Bloquiado[edit]

Saludos, aparece que mi IP fue bloqueado por usted. Sin saber porque. Agradeceré que se me elimine el bloqueo. GraciasJangel figueroa (talk)

¿Podría reenviarme a una copia de su mensaje bloqueado? Gracias. Jon Kolbert (talk) 13:55, 16 May 2019 (UTC)


Why am I blocked from contributing to the Watts Prophets Wikipedia page.

I have complied with Wikipedia guidelines.

"Bud Schulberg founded a creative space entitled Watts Writers Workshop, intended to help the people of the Watts neighborhood and provide a place for them to express themselves freely. Out of this background the Watts Prophets formed, a spoken-word and musical collective, whose members had moved to the West Coast from southern states such as Texas and Louisiana. However Black expression in Los Angeles was muted after the release of the Watts' Prophet 1971 record Rappin' Black in a White World." Tesfa3 (talk) 01:24, 13 May 2019 (UTC)

@Tesfa3: Could you send me a copy of your block message? Thanks. Jon Kolbert (talk) 13:56, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

Blocked for using NordVPN, the most popular VPN service in the US[edit]

VPN's are a positive and necessary thing. Please remove the block. --—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Cgorange (talk)

@Cgorange: Per m:NOP open proxies are generally blocked, that being said you can apply for an exemption. Jon Kolbert (talk) 13:57, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

Don't know how to do that. Anything that blocks long-time contributors from making contributions erodes the platform. In the meantime, continue to rail against the machine.

@Cgorange: Anything that allows abusers, trolls, spammers and vandals to abuse also erodes the platform. VPNs, in themselves, are neither necessary nor positive, they are simply tools where the benefits and use covers a spectrum. #happymedians  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:03, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

fix the blocking please[edit]

I use no proxy. My IP is in that blocked range, like each other customer of my isp in my city. You block many innocent people. please fix that. Thanks. -- 06:55, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Network sharing devices/open proxy servers/leaky webhosting services harboring abuse is not usually allowed per m:NOP. Please create an account to avoid further notices, and request Global IP block exemption at SRP, and if affected locally, please request a exemption from blocking by requesting a local IP block exemption at a Wikimedia project you frequent/edit. Let's hope you're okay while editing via a account. -- 14:17, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

I'm randomly blocked[edit]

Hey, I got blocked from nowhere and I basically understand next to nothing on these instruction pages but I want to be unblocked so what do I do? This is really confusing. I'm guessing me being blocked probably has nothing to do with me but I can't figure it out. Can you fill me in on how I can get unblocked? Thanks —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Sarah Julianne‎ (talk)

@Sarah Julianne: JK will be able better see the IP range from which you are editing and therefore to comment from an evidence-base. Can I ask whether you were logged into your account whilst you were trying to edit? Often the blocks imposed only restrict anonymous editing, so once one is logged in, one is past that restriction. The block message itself will also mention whether it is an anonymous only block, or not.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:13, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

Okay yes, it will let me edit if I'm logged in. Sorry about that. I didn't know that before. Thank you for your help

Multiple unblock requests for fb90 range[edit]

Hi Jon Kolbert. We've received multiple unblock requests for the known fb90 ranges in the stewards queue. I've given them all to you. Please take a look at it. Also, please see Steward requests/Miscellaneous#Global unblock for fb90 range. Thank you. Trijnsteltalk 12:44, 25 May 2019 (UTC)

Only me![edit]

Hey Jon

Bit like the Only Me character out of Harry Enfield, I keep getting blocked.

I am Richard Adamson and have, I believe, some (not too much!) valuable input to give Wikipedia.

Presumably I am for ever more going to be tainted by Mabelina - which was only half my doing & then got quite nasty after the divorce. I then forlornly tried to go under the new name of L'honorable but that only seemed to make things worse, because it was assumed I was trying cheat the system... which obviously not...

Anyway - can't see a way back - unless of course you'd like me back?

Please help/advise - many thanks.

Best, 16:06, 25 May 2019 (UTC)

Suggest that you initially try w:Wikipedia:UTRS, then the processes with ArbCom to get unblocked. These will get independent review.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:33, 25 May 2019 (UTC)

Blocked for no reason?[edit]

I went to go edit a page and it said that you blocked me for being part of a proxy server or something (I have no idea what this means, I literally just edit from my laptop at home.) I make very good contributions to the figure skating community and have no clue why I was blocked. Please unblock me so I can resume editing again.

Lilydog945talk 12:44, 25 May 2019 (UTC)

@Lilydog945: I hardly believe that an experienced administrator places a block for no reason, so can you entertain that your block may be consequential from some other protective action? Some general questions, were you logged into your account when trying to edit? If not, then please try again. As we cannot guess where you were editing or from where you are editing, then the data in the block message itself is needed to properly assist you, usually it will cite your IP address. I am guessing that the block message also says to contact stewards, so you can consider sending stewards a message at special:contact/stewards or you can consider asking for an IP block exemption at SRGP.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:36, 9 June 2019 (UTC)

IP blocked[edit]


My current IP address is blocked. This is a UK Vodafone IP address, which is dynamic, so rotates around thousands of users. Whoever you blocked is long gone. Can you please release this block so I can edit? Thank you.

The steward placed a range block on the /21, so the dynamic nature is not the factor. You could consider addressing this to all stewards at SRG if you think that it is unreasonable, or, if you are impacted regularly, then you can create an account and edit through that account at the respective wikis.  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:10, 20 June 2019 (UTC)

IP block - request for assistance[edit]

Hi there, I'm Sara (aka user:lirazelf), and have had a note from a partner organisation that their office IP has been blocked for cross wiki abuse. They're rather surprised by this and aren't aware of any activity that could be described as such. We have a series of editing events coming up with them in a couple of weeks and would like to get this resolved before then. They've had no response from the stewards email address, which they contacted on 25th June. The IP range in question is Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Sara Thomas (WMUK) (talk) 16:50, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

@Sara Thomas (WMUK): Hello Sara, are you able to send me an e-mail here with either the ticket number or the e-mail they used to send a ticket in with so I can track it down? I have not been extremely active as of late so please forgive the delay. Thanks! Jon Kolbert (talk) 21:52, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
No worries at all - received an email back from the stewards, and also will do - thank you so much! Sara Thomas (WMUK) (talk) 14:44, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Lock me[edit]

Please lock me. Thanks--DiMon2711 10:27, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

Hi. Can you lock me? If you want, I can vandalize some projects )--DiMon2711 14:47, 14 July 2019 (UTC)

We generally do not lock accounts based on a self-request. Jon Kolbert (talk) 22:24, 16 July 2019 (UTC)