Ajpolino Query

Hi, Maxim ... thanks for the speedy close at Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Ajpolino ... another support came in after you closed but still within the seven-day timestamp (13:03)... should the tally be incremented ? Best regards, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 13:27, 23 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Blocked user editing with a dynamic IP

Hi, a question for you: if I suspect that a user who is currently blocked for sockpuppetry is editing with a dynamic IP, is it worth taking action? It's unlikely the user will ever come back to the same IP so blocking won't make a difference and nothing they've done so far is excessively disruptive. Thanks. Ytoyoda (talk) 19:09, 9 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Arbitration Election

Hi! I noticed you've been elected to the Arbitration committee, and I'm looking to vote in the 2020 election. I voted in the real life election too. I have 207 mainspace edits and joined almost a year ago (December 21, 2019). Is there a link to the voting for when voting opens up? Thank you! Dswitz10734 (talk) 16:53, 3 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Dswitz10734, see the description of the election process. When voting period starts (23 November), you should get a talk page message about it, including a link for the voting. You can see what was done last year in my archives. Maxim(talk) 17:03, 3 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Possible return of blocked puppetmaster

Maxim, please see comments here. Thanks! Flibirigit (talk) 19:17, 11 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Maxim, when you have a moment, User:Gjdorn is exhibiting the same behaviour as the above user. Thanks! Flibirigit (talk) 19:02, 29 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Flibirigit, great minds think alike: I took a look a few hours ago and found more activity by Max Arosev. I just haven't had time yet to do the "cleanup". I'll wrap it up a bit later today. Maxim(talk) 19:43, 29 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Maxim, when you have a moment, these IP edits are similar in nature to the above puppetmaster. Could you check please? Thanks. Flibirigit (talk) 21:51, 9 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Flibirigit, per Checkuser policy I can't link IPs to accounts but thanks for heads up. If there's some WP:DUCK activity going on, chances there's some accounts to block. I also reverted a bunch of edits; maybe that does something to discourage the socking/logged out editing ... Maxim(talk) 22:19, 9 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]
The edits of IP address 1, IP address 2, and IP address 3, seem to pass the WP:DUCKTEST in comparison to User:Max Arosev. Any thoughts? Flibirigit (talk) 15:34, 11 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]
If you have a moment look at the activity of User:Rackenwag, seems a likely recurrence of this sock.18abruce (talk) 15:01, 22 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]
18abruce, yep, blocked and reverted. Maxim(talk) 15:06, 22 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]



Thank you for being ready to serve on arbcom, - good luck! - I still have yesterday's good top story to offer, - and a little below is my vision for 2020. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:08, 23 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you Gerda for your kind wishes. Maxim(talk) 20:18, 23 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Did you know the ultimate guide? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:31, 23 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Today's DYK: to be sung "happily" --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:48, 26 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
In case you want to look at a an article related to "my question": L'ange de Nisida, - mentioned under #Donizetti on my talk. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:24, 30 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
That one aside, what do you think of Hippolyte et Aricie? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:22, 5 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

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Arb Election

Good luck with the elections. You must have enjoyed it to dive straight back in! Well done for having the strength and courage to do that. SilkTork (talk) 15:27, 25 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

SilkTork, thank you for the kind wishes. I've only served one year so far—perhaps I was two or more years in, I would have thought differently about wanting to run again. :-) Maxim(talk) 17:07, 25 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Congratulations on getting elected! Hawkeye7 (discuss) 01:15, 22 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you! Maxim(talk) 00:00, 25 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

ArbCom candidate questions

I recently added two questions for you at:

I welcome your response.

You may find my comments here relevant: Too many questions (permalink) --David Tornheim (talk) 15:03, 6 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]


Hi! Could you please take a moment to update your signature to modern markup? Continuing to use HTML that hasn't been valid since the 1990s adds to our WP:HTML5 cleanup load.

Current sig code:

'''[[User talk:Maxim|<font face="Arial"><font color="#FF7133">Maxim</font><sub><small><font color="blue">(talk)</font></small></sub></font>]]'''



'''[[User talk:Maxim|<span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="color: #FF7133;">Maxim</span><sub><small><span style="color: blue;">(talk)</span></small></sub></span>]]'''


This is an easy copy-paste fix in Preferences > Signature, in the top menus. If you are interesting in helping WP migrate to clean HTML 5, see WP:LINT for various tools for finding obsolete markup, and WP:HTML5 for replacement code examples.  — SMcCandlish ¢ 😼  00:58, 8 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Please see this archived thread for why I keep my existing signature as is. Maxim(talk) 00:03, 25 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Stuffy arbs

The assembling of the stuffy arbs. Natureium (talk) 20:23, 21 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Natureium, I'm tubby but not that fat... Maxim(talk) 00:03, 25 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]


You're In like Flynn - and well-deserved. I think the community has assembled an excellent team of arbitrators, and I know quite a few of us are looking forward to positive changes. Good luck to you, and Happy Holidays! -<-@ xmas Atsme 💬 📧 19:43, 23 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you for your kind wishes! Maxim(talk) 00:00, 25 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Happy New Year!

Empire AS Talk! 18:43, 31 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Happy New Year!

UberVegan🌾 23:02, 31 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

"Venom(Spider Man 3)" listed at Redirects for discussion

A discussion is taking place to address the redirect Venom(Spider Man 3). The discussion will occur at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2021 January 12#Venom(Spider Man 3) until a consensus is reached, and anyone, including you, is welcome to contribute to the discussion. Dominicmgm (talk) 17:42, 12 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

René Fasel and the International Ice Hockey Federation

With regards to the edit history at René Fasel and the edit history at International Ice Hockey Federation, what would you advise? Thanks. Flibirigit (talk) 04:11, 13 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Flibirigit, if you're asking if anyone's using multiple accounts, that doesn't seem to be the case. Maxim(talk) 18:22, 13 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for the reply. Please add the two article to your watchlist. I hope it's a short term issue and not recurring. So far, WikiProject Ice Hockey has kept it in check. Flibirigit (talk) 18:33, 13 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I get the impression that the above pages and now Belarus Ice Hockey Federation are being used to advocate for the cause of the Belarus protests. What can be done on the grand scale? Flibirigit (talk) 15:23, 14 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]


Hi Maxim, I hope today finds you well!

Would you mind taking a look at utrs:39715, and responding please?

Thanks! SQLQuery me! 23:43, 26 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

SQL, replied by email. Maxim(talk) 16:25, 27 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

My reviewer is blocked


I'm working on a draft for the gaming website Dexerto, and my submission was declined by a user called Eyebeller. I wanted to ask them for advice on what to change/add, but saw that you had blocked their account today.

Is there anyone else I could get in touch with now to get assistance?

This was the draft I am working on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draft:Dexerto

--Calcium17 (talk) 13:21, 28 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

You've got mail

Hello, Maxim. Please check your email; you've got mail!
It may take a few minutes from the time the email is sent for it to show up in your inbox. You can remove this notice at any time by removing the ((You've got mail)) or ((ygm)) template.Doug Weller talk 15:12, 28 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Happy First Edit Day!

Happy First Edit Day!

Have a very happy first edit anniversary!

From the Birthday Committee, CAPTAIN RAJU(T) 12:25, 10 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Out of curiosity

I'm not actually objecting - it could for all I know very well be a reasonable unblock - but I only noticed a recent ArbCom unblock of an editor because their talk page was still on my watchlist. Doesn't ArbCom usually announce successful unblock appeals on WP:ACN? Or maybe that's only for non-run-of-the-mill cases, and you guys unblock a lot more people that I thought? --Floquenbeam (talk) 19:25, 10 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Floquenbeam, we announce successful appeals at WP:ACN if there are restrictions imposed as part of the unblock. If there are no restrictions on the editor, then there is no announcement and the thinking there is that are often enough cases where publicizing such unblocks isn't a good idea (think sockpuppetry but one account uses a real name). Recently most appeal closes go through me, so you can see who we've been unblocking in my block log where it marked as "successful appeal to the Arbitration Committee" (except Eyebeller, I used a different summary because of ... a brain cramp? I should've used the standard one.) Note that we've worked through a considerable backlog of appeals since the new year, so the number of unblocks isn't really representative of a typical monthly rate. And also note that we decline many, many times more appeals than we accept. Maxim(talk) 19:32, 10 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]
OK, thanks. Fingers crossed this one works out, and while I'm here a hat tip for all the time-consuming work you guys do behind the curtain. --Floquenbeam (talk) 19:35, 10 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]


The claim made here is untrue, namely the statement: The indef block in December is not based only on conduct in Kurds/Kurdistan topic area. I was blocked for making this report which administrators decided was easier to ignore and block me rather than deal with. this was the edit for which I was blocked. There isn't a shred of evidence for anything other than me being maligned for reporting the mass-POV-push that was happening all over Wikipedia's coverage of the Kurds. GPinkerton (talk) 19:26, 19 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

These comments of yours are still there; I ask again that you remove them, as they are not correct. GPinkerton (talk) 20:16, 20 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]
GPinkerton, looking at Guerillero's comment at ANI, his reasoning for blocking you is based on a general pattern of disruption as evidenced by your talk page at the time. This pattern includes, but is not limited, to your conduct in the Kurds/Kurdistan topic area. I'm not going to remove or otherwise alter the comment you are objecting to. Maxim(talk) 20:30, 20 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Maxim, on my talk page, Guerillero stated that I was blocked on Seeing your third attempt to reopen your closed thread an ANI, it is fairly clear to me that you are here to right great wrongs and not build an encyclopedia. No mention is made of Kurds or Kurdistan a general pattern of disruption, just posting at ANI and not being here to build an encyclopaedia. GPinkerton (talk) 20:36, 20 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

A barnstar for you!

The Special Barnstar
Thank you! The Sokks (talk) 23:16, 25 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Green for hope

Lenten Rose

Today, we have a DYK about Wilhelm Knabe, who stood up for future with the striking school children when he was in his 90s, - a model, - see here. - Thank you for your position in the arb case request, - I feel I have to stay away, but there are conversations further down on the page, in case of interest, - in a nutshell: "... will not improve kindness, nor any article". - Yesterday, I made sure on a hike that the flowers are actually blooming ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:19, 26 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Need help

Hi. I revived a discussion that you started on my talk page from last year back in January, but I didn't hear from you. Would you mind helping me out again with this situation? Because the issues are still occurring. Yowashi (talk) 01:50, 15 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Font tags in sig

Hi, just wondering if you would be willing to update your sig to change the font tags to span tags? The reason is that font tags are deprecated and show up at Lint errors, so it's best not to use them for new content. Thanks. -- WOSlinker (talk) 09:49, 7 April 2021 (UTC)[reply]

WOSlinker, the short answer, is no, I wish my sig to remain as is. The long answer is at an archived thread; I'd rather my signature be consistent, and if some day it's an ugly-consistent, then so be it. Has there been any effort to seek consensus for a bot task to fix such lint issues? There's over 10M such tags on user talk pages alone. Maxim(talk) 14:30, 7 April 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Current: Maxim(talk) '''[[User talk:Maxim|<font face="Arial"><font color="#FF7133">Maxim</font><sub><small><font color="blue">(talk)</font></small></sub></font>]]'''
Proposed: Maxim(talk) '''[[User talk:Maxim|<span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#FF7133">Maxim</span><sub><small><span style="color:blue">(talk)</span></small></sub></span>]]'''
Proposed (V2): Maxim(talk) '''[[User talk:Maxim|<span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#FF7133">Maxim</span><sub><small style="color:blue;">(talk)</small></sub></span>]]'''
For now, there is a bot fixing signatures that have cause high-priority lint errors (yours is not affected). Just my $0.02, while I do understand that you want your signatures to be consistent, wouldn't it be better for you to change it now for your signature to fulfill requirements and reduce the amount of edits needed to fix the obsolete ones in future? --Minorax«¦talk¦» 04:56, 20 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

FAR for Paul Stastny

I have nominated Paul Stastny for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. Z1720 (talk) 20:16, 7 April 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Precious anniversary

Six years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:16, 28 April 2021 (UTC)[reply]


Many thanks for dealing with the sock. Could you please let me know the name of the other related account that you blocked so that I could add them to the list? Best, M.Bitton (talk) 14:34, 11 May 2021 (UTC)[reply]

The other account is User:الأسد_المغربي. Maxim(talk) 14:35, 11 May 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you. Best, M.Bitton (talk) 14:37, 11 May 2021 (UTC)[reply]

User talk:Renamed user 13650391f1r5

was not eligible to vanish. I told him that more than once. --Deepfriedokra (talk) 14:45, 19 May 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hi Deepfriedokra, I'm aware of that. He has been in contact with the Arbitration Committee, and from those emails, it seemed to me that it was the best decision given the totality of the circumstances. Note that I remove talk and and email access for the account. Maxim(talk) 15:02, 19 May 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks. He'd've gotten a more thorough result going through the WMF, but at least this deals with the obvious privacy concerns. (I know from sad experience that renaming is not the remedy I'd once hoped for.) --Deepfriedokra (talk) 15:40, 19 May 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Happy Bureaucratship Anniversary!

Wishing Maxim a very happy bureaucratship anniversary on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee! ~~~~
User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
19:07, 1 June 2021 (UTC)[reply]
10 years as a bureaucrat—how time flies! Maxim(talk) 19:18, 1 June 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Happy Bureaucratship Anniversary!

Wishing Maxim a very happy bureaucratship anniversary on behalf of the Birthday Committee! CAPTAIN RAJU(T) 22:44, 1 June 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Invitation for Functionary consultation 2021


I'm letting you know in advance about a meeting I'd like to invite you to regarding the Universal Code of Conduct and the community's ownership of its future enforcement. I'm still in the process of putting together the details, but I wanted to share the date with you: 27 June, 2021. I do not have a time on this date yet, but I will let you soon. We have created a meta page with basic information. Please take a look at the meta page and sign up your name under the appropriate section.

Thank you for your time.--BAnand (WMF) 15:06, 2 June 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Sockpuppet users.

These users are interlinked they make edits and they themselves accepts reviews. Astrolynux https://en.m.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:AstroLynx&redirect=no

Tgeores https://en.m.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Tgeorgescu&action=view

Grabergs https://en.m.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Gråbergs_Gråa_Sång&action=view

VenusFeur https://en.m.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:VenusFeuerFalle&action=view Elc https://en.m.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:El_C&action=view JohnsonCherryium9 (talk) 05:09, 10 June 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Recovering password

Greetings, are you aware of any way to recover my username and password if there was no email attached to it? I've tried various possibile emails and nothing sent me a link. Thanks! (talk) 21:36, 2 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]

That's a difficult situation. In general, no, but if you can convince a sysadmin that you're the true owner of an account (by way of committed identity or someone else being able to vouch for you), then perhaps, but that may have been more true 15 years ago than now. Sorry I'm not of more help. Maxim(talk) 21:55, 2 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for responding. I don't know how I would go about doing that so I may be out of luck. Anyway, I also wanted to highlight User:SethRuebens who was previously banned as a sockmaster, then unbanned based on the Arbcom with a topic ban. But he's reemerged pushing the exact same issues that resulted in the block and ban in the first place. (talk) 23:22, 2 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
This is a complete untruth. I was banned after being 'outed' and having a vested interest in the article (not from 'pushing the exact same issues that resulted in the block and ban in the first place'). The committee allowed me to continue the debate on the talk page, presumably based on the fact that it's being backed by a number of academics, subject experts, thousands of members of the public and is known by hundreds of thousands of people, if not more, across the world. Continuing the debate on the talk page of Britannia, which I've been granted permission to do, in a fair and reasonable away, does not warrant a ban or posting messages on administrators' pages trying to encourage them to ban me. I'd suggest this amounts to WP:HARASS and WP:WIKIHOUNDING. SethRuebens (talk) 13:31, 4 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]


Hi Maxim, would you mind removing the strikeout from this archived page? Thank you! The Kingfisher (talk) 19:02, 8 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Request for input

Hello, hope all is well. Are you able to comment at an open BN thread? –xenotalk 02:25, 12 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hello Maxim , I'm Paolo from Italy , i'm a big olympic statistic fans , in 1904 summer medal table , there is Norway, Australia and France , but they didn't win anything medal , USA win 79 / 83 / 79 , Germany 4 /4 / 5 , Cuba 4/2 /3 ,mixed team 1 ( Fencing , with all cuba atlete ) / 1 ( atletics ) / 0 , Austria 0 / 0 / 1 ( only swimming ) , Switzerland 1 / 0 / 1 . Total medal is 97 / 93 / 92 . Thank'you .Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page).