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The Admin noticeboard is one way through which users can notify administrators of issues needing administrative attention. While users are welcome to directly contact specific administrators (especially if they are seen to be active), posting here can be an easier and quicker way of ensuring that at least one admin will notice an issue and respond to it promptly. Remember to sign when posting an issue.

Before posting an issue here, consider the following:

  • As this is a noticeboard and not a talk page, please refrain from discussing.
  • Post only issues that require administrative action, i.e. blocking vandals, protecting pages etc.
  • Do not post issues regarding content disputes. Try making a request for comments instead by adding a link to the discussion page.
  • Mediation requests between users should only be made if a resolution could not be reached between users.
  • For issues regarding the use of this wiki, please see our help center.

In case of vandalism, posting about it here is low priority. Revert it first, anyone can do so. If the vandal created a new page, tag it for deletion. Consider leaving a message on that user's talk page to explain the reason. Post here only if the user has made several disruptive edits and/or persists despite a warning. Always avoid a revert war with the vandal; it is far better to wait until an admin has a chance to intervene.

Creating a new request — vandals
  1. Edit the Vandal issues section.
  2. At the top of the list, use the ;{{user|IP address or username here}} template. Provide a short and neutral summary of the issue
Creating a new request — non-vandal cases (e.g. user issues, page protection/undeletion, etc.).
  1. Add a new section to the page using the "+" button at the top of the page.
  2. In the subject field, enter an appropriate title, without using links or templates.
  3. In the edit field, use the {{user|IP address or username here}} template to refer to users involved with the case. Provide a short and neutral summary of the issue.

As a sign of courtesy, also leave a message on the talk page of any involved user.

Vandal issues[edit]

Please don't report anonymous users here after only a single vandal/spam edit. There's no point to blocking an IP if they are already finished with whatever mischief they were doing.

Starting with the most recent vandals.

151.227.153.171 (talkcontribslogsblock log)

Rather than asking for a block on this IP, I'm asking for temporary page protection for Astralaria. It's possible that the IP has already lost interest, since I missed their second edit from a few days ago which reverted my undo of their first edit. --Cali (talk) 04:17, 9 December 2017 (UTC)

Oh, Doodle, you're too fast; thanks for taking care of this while I was typing. :) --Cali (talk) 04:24, 9 December 2017 (UTC)
Heh, I was trying to fix the issue with the Stellar Weapons so I noticed your edit comment. You're right, it's entirely possible the IP just wandered off or was confused and figured it out later or. Either way, it's protected for two weeks. - Doodleplex 04:32, 9 December 2017 (UTC)
I made this request in error by misunderstanding what the IP was trying to do; see my talk page. Consequently, I don't think this page needs protection after all. --Cali (talk) 00:03, 15 December 2017 (UTC)
Done. - Doodleplex 00:15, 15 December 2017 (UTC)
37.190.148.169 (talkcontribslogsblock log)

There is a vandal repeatedly deleting my edit for The Royal Terrace Pass, please ban them.

IP address : 37.190.148.169, since then they have changed ip. The preceding unsigned comment was added by 94.3.240.178 (talk) at 01:19, 13 September 2017‎ (UTC).

The situation has been taken care of via a temp block on editing rights to that page. Wielding the ban hammer over a one-time troll serves little purpose. G R E E N E R 01:38, 13 September 2017 (UTC)
It appears that two items got mixed up due to similar names, and the rest of the edit unfortunately wasn't relative to that item as a result, hence the back and forth. Matter resolved. - Doodleplex 02:08, 13 September 2017 (UTC)
We234 (talkcontribslogsblock log)
Could we filter out the website these two bots are promoting? Merci. G R E E N E R 09:21, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
Carol Chen (talkcontribslogsblock log)
Les spam. G R E E N E R 03:38, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
Rajadigavu (talkcontribslogsblock log)
Spam bot. - Doodleplex 09:03, 26 January 2017 (UTC)
He's banned Jim - Felix Omni 16:42, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

Deletion request 2016-12-15 update[edit]

The update page [[Game_updates/2016-12-15|2016-12-15]] was incorrectly made and should be deleted. It was moved to the correct date of 2016-12-14. Thanks. -- Tarun (talk) 05:12, 16 December 2016 (UTC)

The "correct date" is a matter of opinion. Tarun, I can't help but notice that this request was posted after my latest comment in our discussion, a comment to which you have not yet responded. Did you post here because you wanted to add a new voice to the discussion, or because you don't care to argue further and just want someone with authority to make the problem go away? --Idris (talk) 19:27, 16 December 2016 (UTC)
I've already answered you several times quite clearly. Is there a reason you feel the need to follow me around on the wiki and seemingly harass me now? -- Tarun (talk) 23:33, 16 December 2016 (UTC)
Tarun, if you feel if something needs to be deleted you can simply mark {{delete|reason}}, you don't need to post requests to delete things here, unless it's something highly inappropriate and needs to be deleted right away. Not to mention, it was already tagged for deletion, I tagged it myself assuming it was just a move remnant, but now it's just pending the outcome of your discussion, which will be better off continued on either your page or the talk page of the update, than here. - Doodleplex 23:44, 16 December 2016 (UTC)
Thank you Doodleplex. It's unfortunately difficult to try and explain to people that this is how things have been done this way for the past four years on this wiki and they refuse to accept it, to the point of being pretty much followed/stalked around the wiki to be harassed with this. -- Tarun (talk) 01:41, 17 December 2016 (UTC)
Tarun, you have refused to address my objections to your reasoning, opting instead to merely repeat your opinion as though that's good enough. Instead of engaging in discussion with me, you have ignored me and come running to an admin with a redundant deletion request, describing the date as "incorrect" as though that were a fact and not your contested opinion. If you do not wish to engage in discussion with me, then that is your right, but you don't have the right to pretend that the issue has been resolved. --Idris (talk) 01:01, 17 December 2016 (UTC)
According to my post on Tarun's talk page, I have changed the pages to show the update on the 15th. The forum met-data (or whatever we want to call it) clearly lists it on the 15th. -Darqam 01:21, 17 December 2016 (UTC)
Per this Ask a Wiki question the page does indeed need to be deleted. "Stephane confirmed that the official patch notes on the forums use ArenaNet's time, Pacific." -- Tarun (talk) 03:27, 17 December 2016 (UTC)
So it was written, so it has been done. - Felix Omni 04:28, 17 December 2016 (UTC)

(Reset indent) Since I was bored, I checked forum patch note timestamps against wiki pages. Some pages are based on UTC format, but most are based on PST/PDT, as this should be the case based on the link above. —Nefastu 04:34, 17 December 2016 (UTC)

Re: Recalibrating the Waypoints[edit]

I have added some information to a topic, which I believe will be relevant and useful to other players. It has repeatedly been defaced or deleted by several members. They have attempted to justify their actions by claiming my additions are unnecessary. However, that surely, in not the point. Spacial (talk) 01:46, 3 January 2017‎ (UTC)

For our later reference, you were referring to Recalibrating the Waypoints, and some effort has been made to analyse your edits to that page on your talk page.
In this specific case, the problem largely boils down to bringing a mesmer in PvE, which has one of the poorest DPS meaning that you apparently can't burst down the Mordrem Leyleecher fast enough whilst it is vulnerable in the vulnerability phase. I will play through the mission later today if I have time and see what I can add to the existing walkthrough to make it accurate. A separate section for solo play should not be required - it is inherently assumed that you will (at least nowadays, since this is not the current living world content) be alone for most missions, and the living world episodes are harder than regular open world PvE and so are expected to require decent gear (for example, level 80 exotic items with berserker stats + food).
These edits are not also "vandal" issues (i.e. they didn't replace the content of the page with chinese shop spam), rather a content disagreement between users which resembles 1RR. --Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 07:33, 3 January 2017 (UTC)
moved to Guild Wars 2 Wiki talk:Admin noticeboard

Image merge request[edit]

Can "File:The Shattered Henge.jpg" and "File:The Shattered Hedge.jpg" be merged together? Same image, just the older one was made via typo, but looks better. - Doodleplex 03:59, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

Done, the cache might be acting up for a bit though. Note that Santax’ image is technically the better one, it’s obviously made with the better graphics settings (more details, more shadows, better shaders); but I’ll leave that decision up to you :P poke | talk 15:12, 7 January 2017 (UTC)
Also, I changed the redirect back to {{ArenaNet image|screenshot}}. It was practically creating a wiki black hole with its self-redirect. —Ventriloquist 15:53, 7 January 2017 (UTC)
Ooops, forgot about that, sorry and thanks! poke | talk 15:55, 7 January 2017 (UTC)
Thank you! Found another one though, "File:Spentlung Depth map.jpg" and "File:Spentlung Depth Map.jpg" (the bigger one being on top). - Doodleplex 03:07, 8 January 2017 (UTC)
Done. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 10:53, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

(Reset indent) Merge would be great on "Yomms Merchantile.jpg" with "File:Yomm's Merchantile.jpg" (day shot is best shot). - Doodleplex 06:55, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

"File:DP SC Abaddon.jpg" and "File:Dome above Abaddon.jpg", the first one is a better image, the latter has a better name. - Doodleplex 01:55, 24 January 2017 (UTC)
"File:The Apothecary loading screen.jpg" and "File:The Apothecary.jpg", the first one has the name, the second one has the image, however if this story step is still using this loading screen, it might be better to delete those and just use File:Queensdale loading screen.jpg. - Doodleplex 20:49, 24 January 2017 (UTC)
Bam, boom, done. —Ventriloquist 21:27, 24 January 2017 (UTC)
Thank you! <3 - Doodleplex 21:31, 24 January 2017 (UTC)

(Reset indent) New ones: File:Hylek Fire Turret.jpg with File:Hylek Turret.jpg (just fix the link on Yoe's page) and File:Mushroom Fertilizer.jpg and File:Gunk.jpg as the former has the good image, the latter has the name, and the link on Mushroom Fertilizer would need to be fixed. - Doodleplex 21:05, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

Isn't the Hylek Turret.jpg better than the Fire one? It's less blurry imo. As for the Fertilizer/Gunk, is there a difference if I just move the Fertilizer image over the Gunk one? I don't see a reason to merge, to be honest. —Ventriloquist 23:05, 24 February 2017 (UTC)
I meant for Yoe's image to be merged with the current one instead of just marking it for deletion as he had it listed it on his gallery page, sorry for wording it poorly. And if you mean reupload over the Gunk and delete Fertilizer picture sure, that makes more sense. - Doodleplex 23:17, 24 February 2017 (UTC)
Beep, boop. done. —Ventriloquist 23:27, 24 February 2017 (UTC)
Thank you! <3 - Doodleplex 23:29, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

(Reset indent) A merge for: File:CaladbolgShard4.jpg with File:CaladbolgShard3 Dragon'sStandHeartofThorns.jpg and File:CaladbolgShard3.jpg with File:CaladbolgShard2 JellyfishGrotto.jpg. It doesn't matter who's on top, both the same image more or less(and the file name for both is pretty bad for both). Also File:CaladbolgShard1 TheCorpseGrove.jpg can be merged into File:Shard of Caladbolg - Verdant Brink.jpg. - Doodleplex 10:51, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Apologies for noticing this so late. I didn't end up doing any merges since I moved the files to appropriate names, and deleted the other files. Like you said, they were very similar. —Ventriloquist 11:57, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

Deleted icon[edit]

"Research Architecture Level 1.png" got deleted and is causing broken image links. I'm assuming because it was part of a group of duplicate icon, but as the icon is being linked to, can someone kindly restore it or replace the links to whatever icon it was a duplicate of? =) - Doodleplex 20:41, 9 January 2017 (UTC)

It has been de-deleted - Felix Omni 20:55, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Thank you! - Doodleplex 20:59, 9 January 2017 (UTC)

Duplicated deleted images[edit]

The following images that got rightfully deleted because they were duplicated: "2009 Gamescom concept art 12.jpg"(found linked on File talk:Orrian Armor concept art.jpg) and "File:Heavy armor 03 concept art.jpg"(found linked on User:Leonim/Gallery). However, they were unfortunately still in use, and since I have no idea what these images looked like(Google search wasn't helpful enough) to relink them to the correct image, can an admin fix the links to whatever images those two files were duplicates of? - Doodleplex 04:12, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

Alrighty, so:
I've restored the pages, removed them from any links they were attached to and deleted them again. Thanks for noticing! —Ventriloquist 10:18, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

Scholar Glenna Issues[edit]

In order for it not to get buried I'll add the note here. I mentioned on Talk:Scholar Glenna#Too many templates that the page is once again having issues, this should probably be looked at and a decision reached on the new page format. I think it might be simpler to simply create a sub-page per raid (not wing) for items sold. -Darqam 04:15, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

Subpages are sufficient, yes. Better to split than have the wiki melt down. —Ventriloquist 11:08, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

Hiding edit summary[edit]

Brain fart for not bringing this up earlier, but could you please hide this edit summary as it contains some account information which I assume the editor did not intend to make public. G R E E N E R 06:21, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

Looks like Alex took care of it, not sure how I managed to miss that one. —Ventriloquist 11:51, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

API not working[edit]

Hello, the Guild Wars 2 API is not working correctly, I tried to make several request for achievement details only to get 404 errors. Could you please fix the problem? Thank you!The preceding unsigned comment was added by 79.98.21.78 (talk) at 10:31, 20 March 2017 (UTC).

The wiki editors and staff(users) are not responsible for the API(ANet Devs). https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/community/api/HEADS-UP-API-temporarily-down Sythe 12:44, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
As stated by Scythe, this is not a wiki issue; however Lye (main API dev) has stated unofficially that he would try and bring it back on Monday (today) at some point during the day, so with some luck it will be back on soon. -Darqam 13:29, 20 March 2017 (UTC)

Springtime Page Protection[edit]

Hero point has been a target for bots recently. Not to mention there seems to be a few more bots running around recently, though unfortunately I can't remember off the top of my head what they were spamming. - Doodleplex 05:49, 7 April 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a month. -Auron 07:07, 7 April 2017 (UTC)

Serge Yseron[edit]

moved to Guild Wars 2 Wiki talk:Admin noticeboard

Upgrade SMW to version 2.5.4[edit]

The installed copy of Semantic MediaWiki, version 2.4.4, is from December 2016 and doesn't support property chaining in Ask prints or sorts. This makes it impossible to directly obtain, for example, a list of all "X in Bulk" vendors including what cooking ingredient they vend and where they are in the world, because location->vendor->vend list->item exceeds the two hop limit. It's also not possible in a direct Ask to sort a list of ingredients by requires rating, because that's a subproperty of has minimum usable rating. While it is possible to obtain this information by performing followup Asks in wiki-markup, that's not available for a direct data export. (I'm trying to export relational data to figure out, for each chef recipe, where to go and what to do to be able to cook it; I can compare that against my account to see what I have left, and I'm trying to get the information with as minimal wiki impact as possible. I can grab most of the information I need from the GW2 API, but which vendors sell which recipe sheets or bulk ingredients, among other things, is only available here.)

Even if upgrading to 2.5.x is not feasable, upgrading to 2.4.6 would improve performance and stability.

--TwelveBaud (talk) 17:56, 10 September 2017 (UTC)

If you're using the wiki for an external tool, then you shouldn't be querying the wiki on the fly anyway. Get the data out once, then reuse your own database. The hardcoded tables on (1) + (2) have most of the information you require.
The above being said, sorting by subproperties will be nice when we get around to upgrading. ArenaNet's wiki tech guy is working on moving the wiki host to another provider at the moment, and we're about to see the release of Path of Fire - I don't think they'll be doing this upgrade immediately, but it's good to know what useful features we'll get in the future. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 19:42, 10 September 2017 (UTC)
To add to what you said Alex: we will not upgrade Semantic MediaWiki (or MediaWiki, unless there's a security upgrade) until we're done with our big migration project for the wikis. This probably means not until the beginning of next year (tentative timeline, TBC) and it could well be that we move to SMW 3.0 (pending approval by the community). --Stephane Lo Presti talk 22:03, 13 September 2017 (UTC)

CAPTCHA issue[edit]

Not sure if this is the proper place for this, but users who are having login issues are not able to properly login to this wiki, as the CAPTCHA is triggered after a few failed attempts, and the CAPTCHA is blocked to to an error message directed to the site owner, regarding registration w/ the service. Meaning, users can't bypass it unless they reset their password, as there is no way for them to complete the required CAPTCHA field. Islarose 18:11, 24 September 2017 (PST)

Hi Islarose. Are these users sure they're entering the correct credentials? Do they have ad-blocker or other apps that could affect websites? Any other information (when did this happen?) would help. Thanks --Stephane Lo Presti talk 01:16, 25 September 2017 (UTC)
Islarose, I have been unable so far to reproduce the problem. Any details, such as what Stephane asked above, could be helpful, as could a screenshot of the error message. Thanks! Justin Lloyd (talk) 12:42, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Username change request[edit]

Hello! During registration, autocorrect corrected my username to my "nope cant have special characters or spaces" username. I tried creating a new account but the site says it is too similar.

I was wondering if I can have it changed to Félix Wolf? I am trying to keep all my wiki accounts with the same username, and would like to have my GW2 Wiki account to follow that consistency.

If this is not possible, that is fine to, I figured it is worth a shot since names can be edited, but some wikis have policies on name changes. --Felixwolf (talk)

As many English keyboards do not have easy access to é, I'm reluctant to have a target which users would struggle to access. There is the option of having Félix Wolf be a redirect to your name. Also, were you wanting to keep Felixwolf as one word? Or would you prefer to have Felix Wolf? Spaces are okay. G R E E N E R 16:09, 26 September 2017 (UTC)

Unable to edit Open Skies: Domain of Vabbi achievement page?[edit]

Heya, I tried to update the item/acquisition table on the 'Open Skies: Domain of Vabbi' page with the hints found in the game. It told me the action was considered harmful and the edit disallowed. At first I thought it might be because I didn't have an account, so I made one, but it still gives me the message: "This action has been automatically identified as harmful, and therefore disallowed. If you believe your action was constructive, please inform an administrator of what you were trying to do. A brief description of the abuse rule which your action matched is: disallow certain words in mainspace articles". I'm not sure which word(s) triggered the warning, as all I did was type out exactly what the hero panel in-game gives as hints. (I left the ones that were already filled out alone aside from entering the appropriate NPC names between the currently empty brackets for the 'Stone-Carving Tools' and the 'Guard Bribe'). Aethlin (talk) 19:22, 28 September 2017 (UTC)

One of our filters might have accidentally caught a bad word, could you type the text here, to see if it'll block you? —Ventriloquist 19:32, 28 September 2017 (UTC)
Just a theory here: because they were editing from an IP address, and then a fresh new account, the filter saw the word "domain" and went NOPE. Autoconfirmed users I doubt have that problem or the page Domain of Vabbi wouldn't exist, but that's the only thing I can think of. (edit) Aethlin, I aded in most of your contribution but left out the top 3 lines. I want you to see if you can add the first line in by itself, and see if that triggers the filter, and if it doensn't try adding the names. - Doodleplex 19:35, 28 September 2017 (UTC)
No, the problem here is that the page contains the NPC name "Nazimi", which contains the substring "nazi". Unusual cornercase. I've pasted your edit into the sandbox, can you copy that text and try submitting your edit again?
(Edit conflict) sigh doodle you EC'd me. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 19:46, 28 September 2017 (UTC)
It did save the edit with the text copied from the sandbox. Aethlin (talk) 20:28, 28 September 2017 (UTC)
Awesome to hear, thanks! - Doodleplex 20:30, 28 September 2017 (UTC)

Image Upload Mistake[edit]

Please remove this page: [[1]]. Juvenile Lion doesn't exist, and the Juvenile Tiger that I was going for already has an image like this. Sorry for the trouble. --Riveted

No trouble at all, in fact I'll let you know a cool trick to tag things for deletion without having to ask here: simply put {{delete|<reason>}} at the top of the page if you think that page or file needs to be deleted. I will say I'm a little confused though, do you want to delete that image or the one you uploaded just like it? Because out of the two, I'd probably keep the first one, because it's zoomed in on the area with the pet. - Doodleplex 22:04, 1 October 2017 (UTC)
My clumsiness strikes again. This seems to be one of those days when I shouldn't be touching things. I would like the image I uploaded to be deleted: https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/File:Juvenile_Lion_Northern_Barbed_Gate.jpg --Riveted

Issue Creating Account[edit]

Hey! I've been doing a couple of edits to a Champion Bounty that was lacking information (Adal, in Elon Riverlands) and I figured I should create an account to be accountable for changes I make. However, when I tried to register, my chosen username (Drilling4mana) was marked as a "spam username" (?) and blocked. As far as I'm aware, I'm the only person on the internet that goes by that handle, so I don't see how it was marked as such. I tried creating an account under a different username, but found that my IP has been blocked from account creation attempts. Any assistance with this issue would be appreciated. I can be reached by email at Drilling4mana@gmail.com if necessary.

@ other admins, I'm wondering if filter 10 is still required. Some of the results in there look like name.fourdigit gw2 account ids. Shall we turn this filter off entirely? -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 02:18, 19 November 2017 (UTC)
Some of the hits look legit (namely the ones that use a regular word and then a number in between), but there's a lot of them with the <name><surname><number> combination. Maybe allow for numbers inside a name (such as drilling4mana), but disallow the ones that have the spam-bot-pattern. —Ventriloquist 10:14, 19 November 2017 (UTC)
Filter 10 is now super weak. All names with numbers in the middle will now all be allowed, however 3 or 4 digit numbers on the end will still trigger it. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 22:21, 19 November 2017 (UTC)