Guild Wars 2 Wiki:Admin noticeboard

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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. (talkcontribslogsblock log)

Making useless pages and changing values on Tequatl's page -- Arduin talk 18:41, 30 September 2015 (UTC) (talkcontribslogsblock log)

Having too much fun. G R E E N E R 05:22, 20 August 2015 (UTC) (talkcontribslogsblock log)

Bad boy!Valento msg 16:51, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Blocked. poke | talk 19:21, 22 December 2014 (UTC) (talkcontribslogsblock log)

Multiple pages hit with nonsense posts (alas, none of them appear to be the same). – Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 09:50, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

pwned -Auron 10:57, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Fixing Case sensitivity[edit]

As it stands the wiki requires search queries to be case sensitive leading to some pages not correctly appearing when searched. This can be remedied as shown here and the patch is here, it's not a major issue but it can still screw up results so I figured that I'd submit a request (Mainly on the behalf of Binary_Llama on irc).

Thanks, Karou 19:06, 25 August 2014‎

Suggested Change: Adding "Skin Name" to Weapon/Armor Template[edit]

I was looking for a templates or discussion page to post this in, but couldn't really find any, so I figured this would be the best place to put it for now.

I want to suggest changing the template for weapons and armor to add in which skin each one unlocks in the wardrobe. This way, for people looking for a specific skin, the name exists on the wiki (as, in many cases, they actually don't when the skin name is drastically different from the name of pieces of gear that unlock it), and they would easily be able to find where/how they can get the skin to unlock it.

Now, obviously I know this isn't going to be an overnight change, but it's something I would like to work on with permission from the administrators.

Daft inquisitor (talk) 23:11, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

After a couple days of deliberation, I've begun adding the "Skins" category to armor pieces. I've seen that a few other people have done it before on some random pieces of gear, but didn't note exactly which ones.
If anyone would like to make a proper skin template (or refer me to one that already exists), that would be great, because mine is kind of awful. I've already started with the Primitive armor set.
Daft inquisitor (talk) 22:21, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
Apologies I was out when you posted the first time (seafood >_>) We do have a bunch of skin templates; {{skin infobox}} and {{skin list}}.
I've edited the Primitive Cowl to use these. We're discussing the documentation over at Guild_Wars_2_Wiki_talk:Community_portal#Documenting_skins_-_in_their_own_namespace - we can pretty much automate the setup of every skin page... we just need to browbeat others agree on where to put the data. Feel free to comment on that thread too. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 22:25, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
side note: the skin parameter already existed in back item/armor/weapon infoboxes, and if the icon name matches the pagename, then you don't generally have to put the icon parameter for the infobox in. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 22:27, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
I saw the few pages I made had been updated. I'll use the new template from now on, thanks. Daft inquisitor (talk) 22:55, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Sudden death of my husband one of your frequent players[edit]

Hi all,

My name is Laura and I know very little about Guild Wars but my husband (I don't know of any of his gaming names or identities but if any of you knew him as Al/Alan that was his first name) he was a daily player on Guild Wars 2 and for lots of hours every day. I don't know how many players will know of him, or be aware of his character? not being around since Monday early hours but unfortunately he has died shortly after he came to bed on the Monday morning. He loved playing Guild Wars and must have enjoyed the time with you all. I don't know of any log in details or account details of his as online gaming was something I didn't understand, it was "his thing" and I had my interests. I just know that he would have, if he could have "known he was going to die" have left you all a message to say he would never be back to play with you guys again and in respect to his memory, I'm trying to find a way to let you know in place of him.


If you haven't already done so, you should post this to the GW2 reddit - use the "Submit new content" link in the top right. (Creating a reddit account is free if you don't already have one.) You'll reach a lot more players there who might have known your husband. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 03:25, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
I'm incredibly sorry to hear of your loss. Dr ishmael's suggestion is a great one, and I'd like to add that you may be able to reach out to ArenaNet to see if they can help you (they are the company that runs Guild Wars 2). If you happen to know an email address which your husband may have used, they might be able to respond to you with more details about his account.
I'll break down the steps you can take (and others can modify my words if I've made any mistakes):
  • Click on this link which will take you to the Guild Wars 2 support page.
  • In the top right corner, click on the link that says, "Submit a request"
  • In the drop-down menu, choose "Account Issue"
  • Your email address * - Enter your email address that they'll respond to you at.
  • Subject * - A suitable subject line.
  • Description of Issue * - This is where you can explain the situation, as well as list any possible email accounts your husband may have used to access Guild Wars 2.
  • Specific Issue * - I would suggest leaving this as "no selection"
  • The remaining fields - If you are able to provide any information that can help them verify your husbands account, it would be appreciated. As you pointed out, you don't know all of his details, but that's okay.
After you press submit, you should receive an email from ArenaNet confirming that they've started a ticket for you. If you do not see it in your inbox, make sure you check your spam/junk folders. It may be that your husband used a unique email account to access his game, in which case ArenaNet may be at a loss, but it is always worth a shot.
Again, incredibly sorry for your loss. Guild Wars has an amazing community, and I'm sure your husband touch a lot of other people's lives. G R E E N E R 05:39, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
I'm sincerely sorry for your loss... I hope you can let his friends know about this. May God warm your heart. – Valento msg 12:07, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Changing username[edit]

Is there a process in place for changing one's wiki username, something along the lines of w:Wikipedia:Changing_username? I registered this username a long time ago and would like to change it to match my GW2 account name. JD (gameboyguy13) (talk) 23:14, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

Guild Wars 2 Wiki:Requests for user merge - Tanetris (talk) 23:33, 8 December 2014 (UTC)
To use that page, it looks like I have to create a new account with the desired username, and it's a merge instead of a rename. Is it policy to not use Special:RenameUser on this wiki? JD (gameboyguy13) (talk) 01:14, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
The user merge policy has been in place since before RenameUser was a thing; now that we have access to that I see no reason not to use it. - Felix Omni 01:25, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Request for sysop rights on my bot[edit]

moved from Guild Wars 2 Wiki:Bureaucrat noticeboard

Per Guild Wars 2 Wiki talk:Bots#Request for sysop user rights on User:AWB Alex, I'd like admin rights on my robot so that I can cleanup (i.e. delete) armor gallery file redirects.

Apologies for creating this page, but bluntly I hate choosing one of your two user talk pages to post on... it always feel like I've got to show my favouritism. >.> -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 17:18, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

I'm going to grant this request, but I want to make clear that it is not to shift general deletion sprees to the bot account. Something like this where it's a big batch of deletions that are all essentially a single task, sure, but not for e.g. clearing out the candidates for deletion, even if candidates for deletion has gotten big. There's a reason deletions are a part of RC, and I don't want you using the bot for deletions by default. Make sense? - Tanetris (talk) 23:27, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Logging into my bot account is a complete bitch anyway because I keep AWB on a USB stick at the back of my cupboard - there is no way that using my bot to clear CFDs would be fun or easier... -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 23:30, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
May I ask then why you are even doing this? You could have published that list and asked someone else to do it ;P That being said, where do those unused files actually come from?
Btw. it’s somewhat funny how ridiculously simple it has become to get sysop rights on a bot accountpoke | talk 07:16, 23 February 2015 (UTC)
That you had to ask in the first place on GWW is ridiculous, given you were already an admin + the damage you could cause with that account alone.
That I had to even ask for admin rights on my bot, when I already had an admin account, and yourself + dr ishmael were assigned both userrights to your bots without a glance I find insulting. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 08:14, 23 February 2015 (UTC)
GW2W-Wikichu was readily sysopped as basically a grandfathering (even if it was technically 2 years late). Ish's bot was sysopped when first made because the initial task that spurred its creation was a sysop-requiring task, plus similar to Poke he'd already been running a sysop bot on GuildWiki for years at that point, and even then I did make him wait about a day to leave room for objections. - Tanetris (talk) 15:34, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Heads up on incoming large volume redirect + image deletion relating to armor gallery project[edit]

Context: User talk:Chieftain Alex#Armor gallery formatting help

Evening. Just to let you guys know, I'm planning on 3 or so deletion batches involving the following:

  • deleting all of the file to file (non-user) redirects sitting on the left hand side of User:Chieftain Alex/sandbox5 (from special:listredirects, offset ~8500) [57 redirects]
  • possibly deleting all of the armor gallery files for asura + charr labelled as "both" - Ventriloquist is uploading split male/female images from the german wiki (excellent quality) [795 defunct images]
  • possibly deleting the armor gallery images labelled left/right [1489 defunct images].
  • additionally, any dead/double redirects these deletions produce, or even older badly named and orphaned versions of armor gallery images I find lying around in the process...

I expect the first is non-controversial. For the second/third bullets I am less confident, but I don't see a place for the low quality images that won't have matching front/back images. I'd be doing this next weekend (28th Feb). -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 00:00, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Redirects nuked. Some unused armor images nuked. Charr both images have been ignored for the moment pending upload of better images to gw2w:de. Manually checked over candidates prior to deletion to ensure no irrelevant images were being deleted.. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 19:37, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Rename user[edit]

Would it be possible to Special:RenameUser from User:Titus The Third to User:Titus? (Ref. this post) Titus User titus the third.png 19:19, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

See Guild Wars 2 Wiki:Requests for user merge. The target user name is already registered. poke | talk 21:24, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes, Alex made me aware of that. However, that user don't have any history, edits/contributions at all related to the account as far as I'm aware of. Would it still be impossible to delete / replace it? Titus User titus the third.png 22:25, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Unblock a friend[edit]

My friend was recently blocked when trying to edit a talk page because he was unaware of certain rules for new accounts, and I'd like to request unblocking him. Also, if my memory serves a new account must have 10 edits, but there are other requirements, right? What are those? (forgot where exactly that information is) – Valento msg 16:56, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Oh lord - this is the first instance I've seen of a genuine user getting abuse filtered. See, the majority of spambots create an account then unload their crap on their new talk page. Most genuine users don't do that, only using their talk page when there's something to reply to. Please apologise to your friend and reassure them that they've done absolutely nothing wrong, just an unfortunate sequence of events that tripped the safeguards. I'm sure one of our stalwart admins will sort this out post haste! — snogratUser Snograt signature.png 17:16, 12 March 2015 (UTC)
Unblocked, and I've modified the warning message to hopefully be more useful in the future - in short, just don't create your user talk page as your very first edit on the wiki. The requirements for autoconfirmed status are now documented at Guild Wars 2 Wiki:Autoconfirmed users. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 18:22, 12 March 2015 (UTC)
Ah, since I never ran into that message I didn't know it was prompted when a new user was about to do some bannable action. I'll talk to him. Thank you! – Valento msg 18:24, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Requesting temp semi-protection on Urban Battlegrounds Fractal[edit]

An ip, user from Reddit, is continuously reverting to an improper formatted and overall false description of the aforementioned article. As I tried explaining in an edit summary, the ip's changes are incorrect because:

  • The ip claims the fractal represents the charr breaching the wall. Linked interview and non-linked interviews state it is a version of the Searing, which happens before any breaching of the Wall (the Searing appears to be the large energy reading mentioned in the Fractal). Furthermore, the fractal does not feature the Great Northern Wall being mentioned by the up.
  • The ip is removing said interview reference.
  • The ip is capitalizing charr, race names are lowercased.
  • The ip is removing links.
  • The ip is mentioning The Breach, often as a GW1 mission - in GW1, gw1:The Breach was an explorable area that does not even feature a city like the fractal does. Closest equivalent is Piken Square, which is definitely not what the fractal is about.

Not really sure this is the appropriate place for such a request but not sure where else to put it. I've also tried rewording the original statement to be less confusing, as per reddit people seem to think that "alternate version" means solely "alternate dimension" (the up is included in those who claim the original wording talked about alternate dimensions/realities). Hopefully the ip will not change it again. I'm doubtful. Konig 20:25, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

I've blocked the IP for 3 days. If he comes back, I'll block him for longer. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 01:11, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

Giant Wintersday Gift research "full"[edit]

So yeah, it's tad full, wanted to combine data, but says it was detected as "harmful edit". Oh well, anyways, I did the total code/whatever, but can't really put it anywhere... Sutgon (talk) 19:57, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Hello! Bad luck on the edit filter thing.. it'll stop bothering you after you make a few more edits (anywhere) to become autoconfirmed. I've done the totals so it should be good to go now.
I was trying out a new thing when I first created those forms... they weren't too successful because they can't cope with entering large amounts of data as you found >.< -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 20:38, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protect request: Lich[edit]

An IP is continuously adding speculation to the article, Lich. Request revert of IP's most recent action (I would but IP may re-add before admin action) and a temporary semi-protection. Konig 16:29, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Done. poke | talk 18:17, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Unblocking my IP[edit]

Could someone kindly unblock my IP address, (talkcontribslogsblock log)? I promise to (someday) update my computers so that they all have the proper passwords across both wikis. Thanks! G R E E N E R 17:27, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

Done, sorry about that. Thanks for making all those skin pages! —Ventriloquist 17:38, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

User messing with update pages and revert warring[edit] this person is trying to have a revert war on this page and is harassing the user they're in a war with. people like mora and that harassment are why people don't join and help 20:12, 30 August 2015 (UTC)

Situation has been handled. However, your post here is an example of a personal attack (against Mora), which is not a productive form of argument. In the future, please abstain from these kinds of statements. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 22:21, 30 August 2015 (UTC)