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RevertBob

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Request concerning RevertBob

User who is submitting this request for enforcement 
Shrike (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) 20:34, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
User against whom enforcement is requested 
RevertBob (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

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Sanction or remedy to be enforced
Wikipedia:Arbitration/Index/Palestine-Israel_articles#General_1RR_restriction :
Diffs of edits that violate this sanction or remedy, and an explanation how these edits violate it 
  1. User contribution
  2. [1] Example of gaming
  3. [2] Example of gaming
  4. [3] Example of gaming
Diffs of previous relevant sanctions, if any 
  1. Date Explanation
  2. Date Explanation
If discretionary sanctions are requested, supply evidence that the user is aware of them (see WP:AC/DS#Awareness and alerts)
  • Gave an alert about discretionary sanctions in the area of conflict in the last twelve months, on 14 AUG

If it will be determined that the user indeeded gamed the restriction then he was clearly aware of it

Additional comments by editor filing complaint 

I understand this is a borderline case but I still want the input of admins The user made about 600 useless edits if it where really useful gnomish edits I would not file this case but in my opinion his edits was only intended to gain the ECP flag to edit Antisemitism in the UK Labour Party article @Kurtis: This not about 1RR or quality of his edits(though if its need be defended it raises questions too) but about attempt to WP:GAME to gain the WP:ECP flag

Notification of the user against whom enforcement is requested 

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Discussion concerning RevertBob

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Statement by RevertBob

About Sir Joseph teaming up with Icewhiz, this was just an observation not personal. However why is Icewhiz calling me a duck, I'm a human and how would a duck edit on Wikpedia anyway.

I digress, like User:Bishonen says, Sir Joseph removed wholesale changes without even checking that I gave clear reasons for changes which included Stephen Sedley's quote being changed (which is libel). He removed these without any explanation.[5][6]

Then when he did actually explain it wasn't even a full explanation [7]. How is he allowed to do this with impunity? RevertBob (talk) 11:53, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

Statement by Kurtis

The totality of RevertBob's recent edits to John Henry Clarke, an article that has absolutely nothing to do with Israel or Palestine, consist of these insignificant spacing alterations. I don't see any reverts being made there. Chances are Shrike meant to link RevertBob's contributions to antisemitism in the UK Labour Party, which include a total of two three instances where he re-adds content that was removed without discussion. He also brought the issue to the article's talk page, and while I disagree with his classifying Icewhiz and Sir Joseph as "tag-teaming" (AGF and all), I can empathize with his frustration. Overall, this is pretty minor for a first-time 1RR violation, and I don't think anything more than a warning is needed here. I have no opinion on the reliability of the links being reinserted, or whether or not the content violates WP:UNDUE. Kurtis (talk) 07:38, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

@Shrike: You say that this is not about 1RR, yet you cite the ARBPIA 1RR restriction as the ruling in need of enforcement. Extended confirmed is not a user right that people "game the system" to acquire - it is automatically enabled on any account that has been registered for a minumum of 30 days with at least 500 edits. What you describe as system-gaming could just as easily be an inexperienced editor gradually becoming more active. I still don't see that RevertBob has done anything to warrant a sanction. Kurtis (talk) 09:11, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Statement by Icewhiz

I asked the user to self revert a 1RR violation, which they did not. In regards to gaming EC, I went over the user's edits yesterday and they definitely look like a WP:DUCK. The user was created in 2014, made 10 edits (auto-confirmed), went dormant, then in 2015 edited their user page (then blanked - not a red link), and 2 other edits. Then dormant until 2 editing sessions in 3-7 June 2017, and 23 July 2017 (achieving EC), and then back again in Aug 2018 to edit ECP pages. The user's edits in 2017 are of two sorts:

  1. 3-7 June 2017 - Quite a few edits to the UK and England (e.g. diff) - changing markup caps, and then various BLPs - around 6 edits per page - which are mainly whitespaces, changing he/she to the family name or vice-versa, removing a nickname, and changing the formatting of official website, using a template around birth/death dates, and changing capitalization of markeup elements - e.g. reflist->Reflist. All this in a rather rapid fire pace.
  2. 23 July 2017 - true to their user name of RevertBob - undoing a whole bunch of page moves by User:Chrisisherenow (who was blocked a few months later - in October 2017 for being a sock of User:Eulalefty) - who did the page moves on 24 May 2017. Reverting page moves sure does yield plenty of edits (around 4(?) per move).

In short - this does look suspicious.Icewhiz (talk) 13:43, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

  • Additional 1RR vio (well, 24 hours and 8 minutes to be precise from the previous revert) - 19:44 15 August. This after the AE filing and previous DS notification as well as a request to self revert on the original sequence.Icewhiz (talk) 19:56, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
    • @Bishonen: - only makes sense (for EC gaming) if this is a sleeper sock (and reverting a subsequently confirmed sock might indicate a connection)... For a single account - no point in such gaming for a single-user/account. For a sock on the shelf waiting - yes. Note that assuming the antisemitism article is ARBPIA (and it is full of Israel/Palestine) they did break 1RR regardless of gaming.Icewhiz (talk) 03:51, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Statement by Sir Joseph

Besides gaming the system, the user has now reinserted the challenged edits once again. It's clear from his behavior that he is not here to collaborate. Sir Joseph (talk) 19:48, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

@Bishonen: When I reverted the user, I posted on his talk page to stop reinserting non-RS into the article. I made no mention of 1RR because at that time I really had no idea this article was under ARBPIA, and honestly, I don't know if it is or should be under ARBPIA. I made a general note to the user to not reinsert, and it had nothing to do with 1RR. Only after a little back and forth and I saw this report did I think that people think this article under ARBPIA so I sef-reverted. Sir Joseph (talk) 13:18, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
Just to clarify even further, Shrike who opened this AE action never mentioned 1RR. The issue was gaming the system to gain ECP, or that is the claim. My only interaction with RevertBob is him accusing me of tagteaming with others and not AGF. I asked him on his talk page to stop reinserting non-RS, indeed I don't think CounterPunch is a RS for a topic as serious as this. Only when I saw that people were turning this into a ARBPIA 1RR issue did I self-revert so that we can get clarify if this article is under ARBPIA sanctions. I think it shouldn't, as OID pointed out just being a topic about Jews, or even Israel, doesn't mean the topic is under 1RR. Sir Joseph (talk) 14:00, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Statement by power~enwiki

The 2017 page moves were reverts of clearly-problematic moves by the now-blocked Chrisisherenow. It's possible this is a sleeper-sock, but even then I wouldn't consider it an ECP-gaming problem. I don't know if they are a sock or if their edits are disruptive. power~enwiki (π, ν) 22:08, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Statement by OID

@Bish - topic level sanctions in effect get added to talkpages as/when they become necessary. Editors who have been warned/notified (as AE defines it) are expected to know what is/isnt covered. It would be impossible to label every article (well, incredibly time-consuming for little benefit) that is related to ARBPIA with the appropriate notices as some articles may contain say, one relevant paragraph out of 20. It wouldnt make editing the rest of the article an ARBPIA issue. Anti-semitism in the blah blah isnt intrinsically an ARBPIA article. Parts of it may be (those specific to the Israel/Palestine issue) but 'anti-semitism' isnt by itself an ARBPIA issue only. Only in death does duty end (talk) 13:45, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Result concerning RevertBob

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  • @Shrike:, your diffs for examples of gaming and for dates for previous relevant sanctions don't work, and I don't understand how they're constructed so I can't fix them. Could you have simply forgotten to put in the real diffs? I have however looked at RevertBob's contributions, and the ≈450 edits [sic] he made June 3—June 7, 2017, certainly appear frivolous. But they can surely hardly have been made for the purpose of editing through the EC protection of Antisemitism in the UK Labour Party on 14 August 2018, more than a year later. I'm less sure that all the ≈150 page moves he made on 23 July 2017 were frivolous; maybe he really did care about the spelling of those names. Anyway, it all happened in the summer of 2017. I feel strongly about gaming the EC (or for that matter the semi) restriction, and have not previously hesitated to block for it, but I don't really see how it applies here. I can't envision the user making tiny edits to game the restriction over a year ago, and only now, the day before yesterday, starting to edit through EC protection. The timeline is just too strange. I'd have to be convinced it makes sense. Bishonen | talk 22:05, 15 August 2018 (UTC).
  • @Icewhiz and Power~enwiki: Yes, I suppose it could be a sleeper sock, good point, but there are too many unknowns here, and the editor has engaged on the talkpage. Altogether I wouldn't call their behaviour disruptive. If anybody has a possible sockmaster in mind, I recommend WP:SPI.
After some research, I found that all ARBPIA articles are under a 1RR restriction (you can tell by that that I don't usually admin or comment in this area!), but shouldn't there be some information about that on talk and/or in an edit notice ("Warning:active arbitration remedies" and so on)? I don't see how a new editor is supposed to be aware of the restriction. User:Sir Joseph, who has commented above about "gaming" and "not here to collaborate", would be more likely to know about it, and yet he has reverted RevertBob twice[8][9] in the space of half an hour, very promptly and without explanation. (And then reverted a third time,[10] but that time he self-reverted, which further suggests he's aware of the 1RR restriction.) And Sir Joseph has not engaged on talk. I'd frankly be more likely to sanction him. Bishonen | talk 08:26, 16 August 2018 (UTC).
  • @RevertBob:, on the offchance that you're being serious about ducks editing Wikipedia, see WP:DUCK. Bishonen | talk 12:06, 18 August 2018 (UTC).

202.161.64.247

Already blocked for edit warring as a non-AE action. Nothing to do here. TonyBallioni (talk) 14:17, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
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Request concerning 202.161.64.247

User who is submitting this request for enforcement 
Mhhossein (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) 14:08, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
User against whom enforcement is requested 
202.161.64.247 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

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Sanction or remedy to be enforced
Wikipedia:General sanctions/Syrian Civil War and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant : As per talk page of the article there's a "limit of one revert per 24 hours restriction when reverting logged-in users."


Diffs of edits that violate this sanction or remedy, and an explanation how these edits violate it 
  1. 14 August 2018 The IP made the edit.
  2. 14 August 2018 I reverted him.
  3. 15 August 2018‎ The IP made the first revert.
  4. 15 August 2018 Zero0000 reverted him.
  5. 15 August 2018 The IP made the second revert.
  6. 15 August 2018 I reverted the him once more.
  7. 15 August 2018 The IP made the third revert.
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  • Gave an alert about discretionary sanctions in the area of conflict in the last twelve months, on 15 August 2018
Additional comments by editor filing complaint 

I tried to start a talk page discussion which the IP ignored and made his next reverts. --Mhhossein talk 14:08, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

  • @EdJohnston: The talk page of the article clearly prohibits the users to make more than one revert against the logged in users. --Mhhossein talk 14:42, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
Notification of the user against whom enforcement is requested 

He is notified. --Mhhossein talk 14:11, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Discussion concerning 202.161.64.247

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Statement by 202.161.64.247

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Result concerning 202.161.64.247

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  • WP:GS/SCW is a community sanction so the AE board is not the place for this. But there should be no problem in putting WP:ECP on January 2015 Shebaa farms incident since it was a battle between Israeli forces and Hezbollah. Most likely any conflicts within the West Bank that involve Israel could be considered to fall under WP:ARBPIA, though the present complaint doesn't require us to decide such a wide question. EdJohnston (talk) 14:38, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Austrianbird

Blocked by Sandstein indefinitely as a regular admin action. TonyBallioni (talk) 22:09, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
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Request concerning Austrianbird

User who is submitting this request for enforcement 
MyMoloboaccount (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) 20:08, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
User against whom enforcement is requested 
Austrianbird (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

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Sanction or remedy to be enforced
Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Eastern Europe#Standard discretionary sanctions.Not complying with [[Wikipedia:Policies and

guidelines]] in regards to Wikipedia:Neutral point of view, and Wikipedia:Civility - ethnic based attacks on editors and national groups, edits and comments that are highly provocative, offensive and seem to serve only to stir up conflict. Additionally defensive about Nazi occupation and Nazis.

Diffs of edits that violate this sanction or remedy, and an explanation how these edits violate it 
  1. Revision as of 10:10, 14 August 2018 Ethnic based attack "Please learn about the Holocaust and other Polish crimes" "It's a shame to be Polish and to deny those crimes".
  2. Revision as of 09:41, 10 August 2018 Attacks another editor using ethnic based remarks "And now GTFOOH!I´ve better things to do than to care for a Polish history falsifier"
  3. Revision as of 09:00, 10 August 2018 Ethnic based attack " the good name of Poland" (Which good name? ROFL)"
  4. Revision as of 18:08, 11 August 2018 Comparing anti-Nazi resistance to IS and Al-Quaida "Since when are unlawful combatants called "combat sabotage unit"? I never heared this definition in regard to IS or Al Quaida fighters"
  5. Revision as of 17:21, 11 August 2018 Naming an operation against Nazi occupation "malicious ambush", the resistance leader is named "an egoist"
  6. revision as of 16:28, 16 August 2018 Entering own views in the article such as "When we calculate now the percentage of the saviours within the whole folk we must sadly recognise that they´re only a drop in the bucket" about Poles who saved Jews, and under the title "The truth needs being told"
  7. Revision as of 07:50, 17 June 2018 Perhaps most shocking. This edit defends the infamous Mengele "What Mengele noticed with astonishment and answered that such good work is new to him as in the most modern German university clinics they can´t report about such unproblematic births. So obviously the claim that Dr. Mengele ordered her to euthanize the newborns as stated in source nr.3 is a hoax!"


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  1. 06:02, 13 April 2018 Informed about discretionary sanctions after his string of edits including claims that resistance against Nazis in Poland simply murdered peaceful German settlers and mayors while in civil clothes or that Jews "could leave ghetto"[11], naming Polish name "Polish pet name"[12]

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Additional comments by editor filing complaint 

This accounts doesn't seem to add anything constructive to Wikipedia, the edits seem either Nazi denialism or defence of Nazi actions, or ethnic attacks on Polish people formulated in most vulgar fashion(see remarks about "Polish pet name" or naming editors "Polish falsifier").--MyMoloboaccount (talk) 20:08, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Notification of the user against whom enforcement is requested 

Notified

Discussion concerning Austrianbird

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Statement by Austrianbird

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Result concerning Austrianbird

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  • Based on the evidence here I have indefinitely blocked Austrianbird as a normal admin action. Clearly this kind of blatant tendentious editing and editorializing in articles is completely out of the question even outside AE topics. If an admin disagrees, they're free to unblock the user and we can then discuss appropriate AE actions. Sandstein 20:29, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Good block, Sandstein. Courcelles (talk) 20:37, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Agreed with my colleagues above. Closing this. TonyBallioni (talk) 22:09, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

יניב הורון

No action. TonyBallioni (talk) 17:45, 19 August 2018 (UTC)
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Request concerning יניב הורון

User who is submitting this request for enforcement 
Mhhossein (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) 05:38, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
User against whom enforcement is requested 
יניב הורון (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

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Sanction or remedy to be enforced
ARBPIA3
Diffs of edits that violate this sanction or remedy, and an explanation how these edits violate it 
  1. 14 August 2018 The user reverted me and hence he's the original author here on.
  2. 16 August 2018‎ I removed the material and asked him to see the talk page discussion and WP:ONUS. Before reverting, I had opened a talk page discussion and it's seen that an uninvolved user was in partial agreement with me.
  3. 16 August 2018‎ The reported user reverted me in less than 24 hrs and restored his material and hence violated the 'original author' provision of the remedy. It's noteworthy that he did the revert without participating in the ongoing talk page discussion.
Diffs of previous relevant sanctions, if any 
  1. 13 March 2018 Blocked for violating this remedy.
  2. 13 April 2018 Blocked for violating the 'original author' provision of the remedy.
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  • Previously blocked as a discretionary sanction for conduct in the area of conflict, see the block log linked to above.
Additional comments by editor filing complaint 

His being reported at AE is precedented and Huon's prediction came true, unfortunately. in one of the cases admins (like SpacemanSpiff, Black Kite, Seraphimblade) were in favor a Topic Ban. We have also another GAME by the user. In violation of 1RR, he made his second revert 24 hrs + 1 min after the last one (one may see this and this for the user's previous GAMINGs). I'm suggesting a Topic Ban for the user, since despite his previous warnings and blocks he's acting the same as before. --Mhhossein talk 05:38, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

  • @Icewhiz: I was expecting you to appear, as you do when יניב הורון faces a problem. יניב הורון is certainly the 'original author'. He had authored the material, I removed it and he reverted me in less than 24hrs. In another case, someone was trying to change the 'original author' by very same wikilawyering as you're doing now. As GR said: " questions of who originally inserted the reverted material back in the mists of time are irrelevant wikilawyering. Here "original author" clearly means "the person who made the edit which was reverted,"... and in this case יניב הורון made the edit which was reverted. --Mhhossein talk 06:34, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Icewhiz: You're tireless defending of a user who edit wars without paying attention to the talk page discussion, merits looking at. I urge the admins to keep track of Icewhiz's comments with regard to יניב הורון in boards the latter is reported. Anyway, יניב הורון's editing pattern is certainly disruptive. --Mhhossein talk 12:37, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Huon: In this case, the reported user kept reverting although we were discussing the issue on talk page. After numerous warning on his talk, he does not tend to participate talk page discussions. Just see his contributions, which is full of reverts. See fresh cases such as Druze in Israel, Wreathgate. As for the 'Original Author', you can see that he reverted me in less than 24 hrs. He restored his own words. --Mhhossein talk 12:58, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
  • @יניב הורון: You were certainly edit warring, as the admin said. --Mhhossein talk 13:44, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
Notification of the user against whom enforcement is requested 

He is notified. --Mhhossein talk 05:41, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Discussion concerning יניב הורון

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Statement by יניב הורון

Huon: How am I "gaming the system" when Iran-related topics are not even part of ARBPIA? In addition, I restored important content that Mhhossei was whimsically removing for no valid reason whatsoever, as usual.--יניב הורון (Yaniv) (talk) 14:07, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Statement by Icewhiz

Besides questions of applicability of ARBPIA (which a recent ARCA, involving Mhhossein, determined Iran/Israel is not part of ARBPIA - what is described here is an Iranian attack on Israel from Syrian soil - borderline - in an article generally about the Iraninan nuclear program (which is not ARBPIA per ARCA - which discussed this)), this is not a 1RR violation. Yaniv is not the "original author" - if there is an "original author" - it is Mhhossein with his removal on 14:58, 14 August 2018 . Yaniv reverted once on 14 August, and once on 16 August. He also reverted poorly crafted additions by an IP on 15 August (24 hours + 1 minute prior to the 16 August revert) to which 1RR does not apply - as reverts to IPs (per the general 1RR restriction which states that reverts made to enforce the General Prohibition, prohibiting IPs in ARBPIA, are exempt) do not count towards 1RR in ARBPIA. To summarize - even if this is ARBPIA (questionable), this isn't remotely a 1RR violation - the reporting party made two reverts in 48 hours, and Yaniv made 2 reverts in 48 hours. The "original author" if at all applies to Mhhossein, but is irrelevant to the sequence.Icewhiz (talk) 06:01, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Mhhossein - you made the edit which Yaniv reverted - the sequence is quite clear - original revert by Mhhossein, Yaniv's revert. If there's anything worth looking at, it is the amount of reports against Yaniv by Mhhossein - e.g. a recent edit warring report which led to nothing.Icewhiz (talk) 08:06, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
@Huon: The revert of the IP (which should not be editing due to the general prohibition if this is ARBPIA at all) does not count for 1RR - the ARBCOM decision explicitly excludes reverts of IPs from 1RR - there are 49 hours and 32 minutes between the two reverts - which is not close to gaming. That the filer made this allegation in regards to a non infraction is an indication in regards to the filer.Icewhiz (talk) 11:03, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Statement by Shrike

@Huon: Iranian-Israeli conflict [13] not in the scope per ARCA that the author of the report is participated --Shrike (talk) 10:26, 17 August 2018 (UTC) @Kingsindian: Zero already raised the issue at arca you may comment there --Shrike (talk) 12:05, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Statement by Kingsindian

Ah, the ridiculous ArbCom remedy strikes again. I see that absolutely nobody understands the remedy, including people who pushed for it (like Icewhiz) and admins who implement it (Huon).

The way the remedy is supposed to be interpreted is that the revert should be at least 24 hours after the other person's revert. So this revert is a violation of the remedy. There's no ambiguity here.

Yeah, it's a completely stupid interpretation and I said so at the time. It didn't matter that absolutely nobody followed this interpretation -- but ArbCom, in their infinite wisdom, decided to change the practice for no reason whatsoever. I may open an ARCA request since this clusterfuck shouldn't be allowed to continue. Kingsindian   11:34, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Statement by Zero0000

To Kingsindian: Please note that there is an Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Clarification_and_Amendment#Amendment_request:_Palestine-Israel_articles_3ARCA case considering this already. See my comment there and the arbitrators' mixed replies. Input there would be welcome. Zerotalk 12:07, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Statement by Calthinus (uninvolved)

Not involved in this spat though I have edited Iran topics (never any Iran ones where Yaniv also was present though). I would like to know, once and for all, if Iran -- a non-majority-Arab but Muslim country with (currently) crappier relations with Israel than most Arab countries -- is covered by ARBPIA. If it is, it should be made clear to the community. If it is not, treatment as such should not occur. It seems to be being treated as "informally ARBPIA" -- which I feel is too ambiguous for symmetrical application of policy. Thanks all, --Calthinus (talk) 17:34, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Statement by GizzyCatBella

This single remark alone [14] reveals that יניב הורון (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) is here not to collaborate but to game the system. His other comments and a long string of nothing but reverts [15], hints a conflict with the primary policy aspect of WP:NPOV which as defined by ArbCom demands that editors devote themselves to writing an unbiased encyclopedia. GizzyCatBella (talk) 20:15, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Statement by TheTimesAreAChanging

As Calthinus says, Iran is not generally accepted to fall within the ARBPIA area as currently defined—in fact, previous enforcement requests have been declined on that basis—and I would therefore be uncomfortable with Yaniv being sanctioned under ARBPIA remedies for actions on an Iran–related article, at least at this time. Leaving to administrator discretion the interpretation of whether any particular edit on the subject of Iran crosses over into ARBPIA territory would likely result in selective enforcement. For what it's worth, many edits fall into an ambiguous "gray area" precisely because Iran (including its economy, foreign relations, and nuclear program) is inextricably linked to the broader Arab–Israeli conflict—in Lebanon, Syria, and, to a somewhat lesser extent, Gaza—such that ARBPIA should be formally modified to include the ongoing tensions between Iran and Israel.TheTimesAreAChanging (talk) 20:22, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Statement by RevertBob

Interesting Icewhiz accused me of gaming but is defending this person of it when they seem to have been warned before about it but continue to do it without any punishment. RevertBob (talk) 11:55, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

Result concerning יניב הורון

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  • The "original author" argument seems rather contrived to me, but this clearly is edit-warring and gaming the system. From 24 hours 2 minutes when I last saw יניב הורון here we're down to 24 hours 1 minute. At that time they said: "Of course it wasn't my intention to sit around with an atomic clock to revert someone 24 hours and 1 second after my last revert. I don't usually do that." They should never do that. They should be well aware that while keeping the letter of the rule they're violating the spirit. If they weren't sitting around with a clock and waiting until reverting was no longer obviously forbidden, then they'd have to admit that they got incredibly lucky to not revert two minutes earlier. Either way, this needs to stop, and it's not stopping merely due to stern warnings. I suggest a topic ban. Huon (talk) 10:17, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
I'm somewhat glad to see that I'm not the only one who gets confused by the intricacies of ARBPIA: Some people argue I'm wrong because the IP shouldn't have edited the article, others argue that the article wasn't covered by ARBPIA in the first place, which would mean the IP was allowed to edit. Whether an article that mentions Israel and Hizbollah in the same sentence "could be reasonably construed as being related to the Arab-Israeli conflict" seems debatable, particularly since the content in question concerns an attack against Israel from the territory of Syria, an Arab country. Either way, I was wrong insofar as reverting the IP cannot cause a breach of 1RR, either because there's no 1RR or because reverting IPs is exempt. So no gaming of the system (though the timing is still interesting). Edit warring it still is, IMO, but that's not actionable here. Huon (talk) 23:14, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Capitals00 - July 2018

Witdrawn by OP--regentspark (comment) 15:36, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
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Request concerning Capitals00

User who is submitting this request for enforcement 
Ivanvector (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) 14:05, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
User against whom enforcement is requested 
Capitals00 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

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Sanction or remedy to be enforced
India-Pakistan standard discretionary sanctions
Diffs of edits that violate this sanction or remedy, and an explanation how these edits violate it 
  1. 16:35, 31 July 2018‎ (UTC) Filed sockpuppet investigation against DraculatheDragon (talk · contribs), a user participating in discussion at Talk:Adam's Bridge, a page covered by Capitals00's topic ban. See below for further explanation.
Diffs of previous relevant sanctions, if any 
  1. Topic banned from edits and pages related to conflict between India and Pakistan, broadly construed.
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  • Currently subject to a discretionary sanction, as noted under "previous relevant sanctions."
Additional comments by editor filing complaint 

I'm requesting neutral admins to review this situation as to whether it constitutes a violation of Capitals00's topic ban, per the precedent implied by BU Rob13 in this AN thread, that editors subject to this topic ban may also not participate in administrative discussions regarding sanctions against opponent editors in the ARBIPA topic. Please consider as well that the supposed violation here occurred before BU Rob13's action in that thread by some time. The situation is:

  • The subject of the title of our article Adam's Bridge has been subject to conflict between editors on either side of the India-Pakistan conflict for some time. There was a new and widely attended move discussion recently in which DraculatheDragon commented ([16] [17]) at 11:12-11:13, 31 July 2018 (UTC), these being their first edits in over two months. Note that DraculatheDragon is user MegaCyanide666, unblocked per the standard offer and using a new account due to losing their password (see their request).
  • At 12:03 the same day, user Accesscrawl filed a sockpuppet investigation against DraculatheDragon. (Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/DraculatheDragon)
  • At 16:35 on the same day, Capitals00 filed essentially the same investigation (could have been copied and pasted from Accesscrawl's report) per the diff above.
  • The first report was closed by clerk Sir Sputnik on the same day with no action, citing "circumstantial evidence". I closed the second report just now, as it was based on the same evidence, and I also felt it was circumstantial.

The question I have for reviewing admins is whether Capitals00 filing an admin-attention report against a user who had only edited a page subject to the topic ban constitutes a violation of the topic ban, and as a side question, whether these two users filing multiple frivolous and possibly coordinated admin-action reports against a user disagreeing with their point of view constitutes harassment. As the offending action occurred some time ago (about three weeks) I expect the result would constitute no more than a warning if so, but I would also like to know how to respond to future frivolous investigation requests from this set. Ivanvector (Talk/Edits) 14:05, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

  1. The "offending action" I'm referring to is your posting of the SPI, your action that I'm requesting admins to review, which you did about three weeks ago. "Offending" with respect to your topic ban, not offending in the sense of taking offense, in case that was ambiguous.
  2. Boing! [18] and I [19] both updated the SPI noting DraculatheDragon's account disclosure before you pointed it out here, and I also noted it in my request on this page. It's you, not either of us, who is deliberately misrepresenting this point.
  3. Your personal attacks regarding my competence, my understanding of the definition of topic bans, and my motivation for dismissing your misleading investigation, are noted.
  4. Boing! has also told you to drop the stick in the SPI ([20]).
Ivanvector (Talk/Edits) 15:11, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
@Icewhiz: well it seems I'm mistaken, then. I made an assumption based on the particular group of editors spamming supports in that move discussion that it indicated yet another "Indians vs. Pakistanis" Wikipedia conflict, but I see that that is not the case, and it was a poor assumption to have made on my part. Request withdrawn, with apologies to Capitals00. Ivanvector (Talk/Edits) 15:32, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
Notification of the user against whom enforcement is requested 

Discussion concerning Capitals00

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Statement by Capitals00

First of all, anyone can tell that this is not a topic ban violation. I am still going to keep this short.

  • Ivanvector claimed " MegaCyanide666 supposedly admits to using DraculatheDragon was made by an IP and doesn't mention DraculatheDragon at al".[21] This was rejected by Boing who said that DraculatheDragon admits to be MegaCyanide666.[22]
  • Now if Ivanvector could misread/misrepresent this simple fact about the SPI, I am not sure if he even observed any connection of these accounts with KahnJohn27 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) who is a known sockmaster.
  • Ivanvector also claims that I "copied" the report when I made connection with a sockmaster engaging in mass socking even in this year per the evidence posted.
  • Ivanvector then reverted my edit on SPI when I still assumed good faith and attempted to clarify things to him.[23]

I also don't know what Ivanvector meant from " As the offending action occurred some time ago (about three weeks)" above. I don't recall any action "three weeks ago" against me.

What I think is that Ivanvector, who don't even understand what is a topic ban violation or what falls under this topic, has clearly attempted to dismiss my solid SPI report by not only assuming bad faith but also misrepresenting them. Capitals00 (talk) 14:40, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

Statement by Icewhiz

How is a southern India/Sri Lanka geological formation that is some 2,200+ kms away from the Pakistani border, and some 1,800+ kms away from Bangladesh (East Pakistan) part of "related to conflict between India and Pakistan, broadly construed"? The article doesn't mention Pakistan once. This isn't remotely close to the conflict area broadly construed.Icewhiz (talk) 15:19, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

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Result concerning Capitals00

This section is to be edited only by uninvolved administrators. Comments by others will be moved to the sections above.
  • While filing an SPI against an editor who has primarily edited a topic banned page would, IMO, be a violation, I don't see this as being the case here. The Adam's Bridge move request doesn't really fall in the Indian-Pakistani range of articles, even broadly construed. And, even if that were the case and unless I'm misunderstanding the entire request, wouldn't the fact that capitals00 had commented on that move request be the primary topic ban violation rather than the SPI? --regentspark (comment) 15:22, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
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