User talk:Jon Kolbert

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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]


You get this message because you’ve previously participated in the Community Wishlist Survey. I just wanted to let you know that this year’s survey is now open for proposals. You can suggest technical changes until 11 November: Community Wishlist Survey 2019.

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)

URGENT: Please sign new Wikimedia confidentiality agreement for nonpublic information now[edit]

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Email send[edit]

Trijnsteltalk 21:55, 23 February 2019 (UTC)

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)