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Welcome backEdit

Glad to see you back! Hope your break was good to you. Looking to get the tools back soon? bibliomaniac15 04:38, 28 July 2020 (UTC)

Bibliomaniac15, Thank you! We'll see. I know I wasn't gone for a super long time, but I want to make sure I haven't missed any important changes. I'll sit down sometime this week and review the admin newsletters. I'm not in any hurry. SQLQuery me! 11:13, 28 July 2020 (UTC)
You can't run a site without SQL! Glad to see you back around. Seraphimblade Talk to me 16:07, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
I second this. Can't run it without SQL. I was wondering why my queries weren't recognized...I'm happy to say that this problem is solved  . --TheSandDoctor Talk 15:33, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Technical Barnstar
I am not sure why I never thought to give you this before (and this is probably the first I've given), but you definitely deserve this barnstar for everything you have done for the projects. TheSandDoctor Talk 15:36, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

AFC-OresEdit

User:SQL/AFC-Ores hasn't updated since early May. (I have an ORES-querying bot myself, but it has been running into 500 errors from the ORES endpoint over the past few days, so I came looking to see if yours is working.) Regards, – SD0001 (talk) 17:45, 27 September 2020 (UTC)

SD0001, I blocked SQLBot in early May when I left the project over some trust issues with WMF. I haven't logged into Toolforge since. Not sure what's going on with it, sorry. SQLQuery me! 02:23, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
No worries, I figured it's an ongoing known issue with the ORES servers. – SD0001 (talk) 13:07, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
Halfak (WMF) - Not sure if you're the right person to ask, but do you have any ideas on SD0001's problem? SQLQuery me! 23:22, 6 October 2020 (UTC)
Hey folks! I'm Halfak (WMF), but I left the WMF in July so I'm editing via my volunteer account. SD0001, I think this is related to the stability issues ORES has been having recently. See https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T263910 for details. AFAICT, it looks to be more stable now. --EpochFail (talkcontribs) 23:35, 6 October 2020 (UTC)
Ah yes, I did figure that out (maybe I wasn't clear in the comment above). BTW Congrats on your new job EpochFail! – SD0001 (talk) 18:13, 7 October 2020 (UTC)

Precious anniversaryEdit

Precious
 
Two years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:57, 9 October 2020 (UTC)

WikiProject on open proxies discussionEdit

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IP sockpuppetryEdit

Is there an investigation on this "Loser" vandal? I saw a huge war over someone vandalizing the page with "Losers" — Preceding unsigned comment added by 4thfile4thrank (talkcontribs)

They look to be using open proxies, and compromised / zombie machines to make these edits. There are backend measures in place to track them for now. SQLQuery me! 15:12, 14 October 2020 (UTC)
I opened an LTA. Can it be approved? 4thfile4thrank (talk) 15:21, 14 October 2020 (UTC)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Long-term_abuse/Loser_vandal

The user has revealed himself to be using "Ipsharkk", a proxy indeed. -GoatLordServant (Talk) 15:38, 14 October 2020 (UTC)
GoatLordServant, I was looking at this one last night. It appears that the joke may in fact be on them, because that application appeared to me to be malware. SQLQuery me! 15:41, 14 October 2020 (UTC)
Being completely honest what the heck did you do to get a trojan showing up like that? Is that an ip you punched in up there or...? I'm lost. I'm lost... -GoatLordServant (Talk) 15:43, 14 October 2020 (UTC)
What does that website do and what is it and how did you get that number and what is it. -GoatLordServant (Talk) 15:46, 14 October 2020 (UTC)
It has a wikipedia article, thank goodness. So you punch in a hash for something somehow and it shows if there are malicious files within the file punched in with a hash somehow, so the program ipsharkk is a malicious website? -GoatLordServant (Talk) 15:52, 14 October 2020 (UTC)
GoatLordServant, No, the way VirusTotal works, is that you upload a file, and it uses many modern virus scanners to look at it. This isn't always foolproof, and can result in false positives.
My understanding of how the free tier of ipsharkk works (looking at the source code right now), these proxy nodes are other users running ipsharkk. So, if you use the program, you're also opening yourself up to be used as a proxy node. This is very similar to how Hola (VPN) works. I've found many other ways to identify users of that program as well.
I apologize for the delay in getting back to you. SQLQuery me! 03:44, 15 October 2020 (UTC)
Just wanted to say thank you very much for protecting my user talk page. I know doing so is very often a last-resort but it's certainly for the best, for the time being! Hope you're keeping safe and well. Patient Zerotalk 05:16, 15 October 2020 (UTC)
Ipsharkk and vandalizing TFA? I'm having flashbacks to CGSFH here... GeneralNotability (talk) 19:37, 16 October 2020 (UTC)
GeneralNotability, and they confirmed it. See the history of my talk page, ANI and this talk page, as well as Connie Glynn. It's the same sockmaster Blue Barrette Bam. JavaHurricane 03:23, 19 October 2020 (UTC)
SQL, since you've looked at the source code: Are there any pointers you could give me about how to confirm that someone is running ipsharkk? With this LTA it doesn't really matter, but it might come in handy some day. — Blablubbs (talkcontribs) 12:05, 17 October 2020 (UTC)
Blablubbs, I don't have anything yet, outside of the usual behavioral clues. SQLQuery me! 14:35, 17 October 2020 (UTC)

Pending ChangesEdit

Thanks for the note, your approach makes sense. I hadn't encountered that before but will definitely keep it in mind as a solution if I run into it again. Thanks, Mifter (talk) 05:31, 15 October 2020 (UTC)

ACE2020 Electoral CommissionEdit

Hello SQL. Thank you for volunteering to be an election commissioner for the 2020 Arbitration Committee Election. Following the community RfC, you have been appointed as an election commissioner! While you have certain responsibilities - you are not in this alone, along with the other appointed commissioners other community members have volunteers to assist as coordinators. Best of luck with the election this year. — xaosflux Talk 00:24, 17 October 2020 (UTC)

IPBE requestEdit

Hello, SQL. I am a Wikipedian who comes from mainland China. Because of my country's restriction, I have to use some proxies to visit and edit Wikipedia. But my proxies are blocked sometimes. I can't edit en-Wikipedia. I hope that you can grant me an IPBE flag. And I can promise I will not do vandalism.

As a Wikipedian, I have GIPBE and zh-wikipedia's local IPBE. I also have made more than 2,000 edits in zh-wikipedia. And I never do vandalism. I think I am enough to get this flag.

In the end, I hope you will accept my request. Thanks for your help, sir.--波斯波莉斯 (talk) 09:59, 26 October 2020 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – November 2020Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (October 2020).

  Guideline and policy news

  • Community sanctions now authorize administrators to place under indefinite semiprotection any article on a beauty pageant, or biography of a person known as a beauty pageant contestant, which has been edited by a sockpuppet account or logged-out sockpuppet, to be logged at WP:GS/PAGEANT.

  Technical news

  Arbitration

  Miscellaneous


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Legal Threats again.Edit

That IP user who was blocked yesterday is still making legal threats on its talk page. It lost its chance for forgiveness. — FilmandTVFan28 (talk) 21:26, 9 November 2020 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) FilmandTVFan28, handled. GeneralNotability (talk) 22:40, 9 November 2020 (UTC)

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ACE voting stats by day and yearEdit

I was bored. I'll try to keep it up to date. SQLQuery me! 03:28, 25 November 2020 (UTC)