[Foundation-l] Help with impersonation

Casey Brown cbrown1023 at comcast.net
Sat Mar 17 18:56:58 UTC 2007

Currently, the only thing that is available to you in response is to have
the accounts blocked.  On sites where usurpation is allowed, I recommend
having those accounts usurped.  Unfortunately I believe that usurpations are
only being used on the English Wikipedia.  I recommend that you contact this
person and ask him to hand the accounts over to you, in which case you can
then change the passwords and the e-mail addresses.  This seems the best
course of action.

The user is not being very... nice, but I think a ban is a little over the
top.  (Even though what he did was quite rude and looks purposeful.)
However, if he does it again, a ban would be a pretty good solution.

I'm sorry that you had to go through this and hope it gets solved soon. :(
(However, it looks like it can only be solved currently with "Meteoroid"s or
"Z.E.R.O."s support.)


-----Original Message-----
From: foundation-l-bounces at lists.wikimedia.org
[mailto:foundation-l-bounces at lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Oldak Quill
Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2007 2:48 PM
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Help with impersonation

On 17/03/07, NSLE (Wikipedia) <nsle.wikipedia at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi. I'm user Chacor on the English Wikipedia (formerly NSLE), user NSLE at
> the French Wikipedia, and user NSLE-Chacor at commons. However, this
> I was notified that user "Meteoroid" on the English Wikipedia (now "
> created new "NSLE-Chacor" accounts around wikimedia projects, like at
> and at wikia, and at mediawiki.org (that I know of, there may be more),
> clearly impersonating me. He knows what he's doing, because "NSLE-Chacor"
> not used anywhere else, and is used only by me (the name comes from
> "NationStates", an online nation simulation game, as well as my nations on
> that game). There is no possible way anyone would suddenly come up with
> "NLE-Chacor".
> The accounts on meta and mediawiki.org have been blocked (by Angela and
> Titoxd, respectively), while the one at wikia is under investigation
> a response from Meteoroid. However I sense a pattern, and there could be
> more such accounts. However, Interiot's SUL username tool is lagging right
> now, so it does not return any.
> I do not appreciate being impersonated like this, and it should not be
> tolerated. Is there any possibility of a wikimedia-wide ban on this
> character for this impersonation? I'm feeling frustrated and harassed
> now, that this user has gone out of his way to make me feel so
> uncomfortable. He even edited my Commons userpage to say "NSLE-Chacor
> elsewhere is not me", a clear sign he knows what he's doing.

My sympathies: someone used created an account with my username
(again, obviously intentional) at Welsh Wikipedia and used it to
vandalise. I'm not sure how this is going to be dealt with when SUL is
being implemented.
Oldak Quill (oldakquill at gmail.com)

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