> On Jun 20, 2018, at 11:08 AM, John Jackson <strangetruther(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> This is what I was presented with.
It is pretty clear in the message that this is a range block enacted because someone was vandalizing multiple wiki sites.
It wasn't you. It doesn't even have to be someone near you. IP addresses are grouped by organization, generally, so it was simply someone else on the same internet provider (or university, business, etc.)
> And I consider that I am now communicating with wikipedia, and I do want an explanation and an apology.
Indeed, you should track down the original vandal that is responsible for this and demand an explanation and apology from them.
Today I discovered that John Maynard Smith had had his name spelled wrongly
(the old unnecessary hyphen) on a particular page. I thought I'd fix
this. Because the last time I tried to do something on wikipedia was about
5 years ago and I didn't know where I'd saved my wikipedia login details, I
tried to start a new account.
But I was told that I had some kind of universal block APPLIED TO MY IP
ADDRESS! BUT I HAVEN'T ACCESSED WIKIPEDIA FROM THIS IP ADDRESS BEFORE!!
Also, the block was started last week and is supposed to continue until
next week!!! Odd, if I haven't done anything on wikipedia for five years.
I have had to complain about idiotic editing by those who have taken power
without responsibility at wikipedia, and who have made sure that those of
my views they disagreed with were unthinkingly blocked, but this new issue
suggests I'm being hacked:
Here are the possible explanations:
1: Suggesting I've done ANYTHING in the last few weeks is a complete
2: Some third party has commandeered my IP address and done something
which led to the IP address being blocked.
3: Wikipedia have at some time in the last few years infiltrated my
internet usage, and identified me even though I'm using a different
computer and a different IP address from five years ago. THEN, they've set
up some kind of sleeping block, to be triggered if and when I try to do
anything on wikipedia, pretending I'd done something the week before
whatever date I tried to log in.
I think it's time wikipedia's practices were investigated formally. In the
absence of a complete explanation and apology within the next seven days I
shall be lodging a formal complain with my MP with a view to controlling
the behaviour of wikipedia editors.
And no, I'm not going to waste my time sorting through the Byzantine
structures of the complaints procedures of your "Now we're free and open -
Now we're a formal and structured" but always irresponsible organisation".
Hello fellow wikipedia users,
I want to propose the creation of a wikipedia for the Uzbek language (uzb) variant which uses the Perso-Arabic writing system, called „Arab Yazuv“ („Arab writing system“). This variant is also known as Southern Uzbek (uzb) or Afghan Uzbek.
Although there is an Uzbek wikipedia (uz.wikipedia.org), it does not include this type of writing system and therefore it cannot be understood by a large group of Uzbek speakers who use this writing system. This group of speakers consists of 3.4 million people in Afghanistan alone, where the Perso-Arabic writing system is the sole and only used writing system for the Uzbek language. There are also a sizable group of Uzbeks living in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and China who still use the Arab variant for writing their language.
Historically the Perso-Arabic writing system was the only writing system used for the Uzbek language before beeing replaced in Uzbekistan by latin and cyrillic writing systems in the 20th century.
The amount of literature for the Uzbek language written in the Perso-Arabic writing system is considerably high due to the developmemt of Uzbek from Chaghatai (chg), which is very closely resembled to the Perso-Arabic written Uzbek language of today.
The amount of modern Uzbek literature in this writing system increased in recent years due to educational improvements in Northern Afghanistan. The interest in a Wikipedia for Uzbek Speakers using the Perso-Arabic writing system is also considerably high and will probably increase even more after its creation.
The language is sufficiently unique because it shares more words with Persian and Arabic than the language variant used in Uzbekistan. It is even differentiated from the „uzb“ language code of Uzbekistan and uses its own „uzs“ language code. The language can not coexist on the general latin based Uzbek wikipedia which consists of the latin and cyrillic written variant of the language, because those two variants share a much stronger etymological and liguistic development and are often understood by both, cyrillic and latin writers of the Uzbek language, whereas the Perso-Arabic variant is almost exclusively understood by the Afghan Uzbeks. Most modern computer like Mac and Windows desktops include Afghan Uzbek Keyboards.
I want to thank anybody who can help in this case.