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Admin noticeboard
Article maintenance

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, restoring deleted pages etc.
  • Do not post deletion requests here. Deletion requests should be made by adding {{delete}} to the top of the target page, which will then automatically mark the page as a candidate for deletion.
  • Do not post issues regarding content disputes. Try making a request for comments instead.
  • 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. Assume good faith and 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 {{vandal|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 and enter an appropriate title (without using templates or links) in the subject field.
  2. In the edit field, enter a short and neutral summary of the issue. Use the {{user|ip address or username here}} template to refer to users involved with the case and provide links to important pages or edits.
As a sign of courtesy, also leave a message on the talk page of any involved user.
New account requests
Users will be unable to create an account via the login page until administrators have approved their username.
  1. Edit the New username section.
  2. At the bottom of the section, add a new comment with your desired username and any desired capitalization (e.g. "User:Guild Wars", "User:Guild wars", "User:GuildWars", and "User:Guildwars" will be different accounts). If your desired username starts with a letter, it will be capitalized.
An administrator will get around to adding an exception for your chosen username within a few days.

Vandal issues[edit]

Starting with the most recent vandals.

Vandal horrible (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
They are gate-keeping and preventing the community wiki from improving. Yes I have linked a video which there was no reference to before at all from content I thought would be helpful. I did this in good faith. It seems rather zealous of this user to be making accusations like this. If someone else comes out with some better content, a new video, better quality or whatever I'd welcome it replacing the one I've created. EarlTheGray | contribs 23:29, 31 July 2021 (UTC)
Vandal EarlTheGray (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
Only contributions have been self-promotion of their youtube channel. horrible | contribs 22:35, 31 July 2021 (UTC)
I think you're going overboard a bit. THe vids really aren't worth a link but that doesn't constitute vandalism.
And the wiki can use posters who contribute. So trying to guide that guy might've been more helpful (not that I'm necessarly good at that). Steve1 (talk) 13:30, 1 August 2021 (UTC)
Vandal Noectosforyou (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
foo horrible | contribs 02:24, 7 April 2021 (UTC)
Yep, thanks. Greener (talk) 14:41, 7 April 2021 (UTC)
Vandal Azum (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
Happy 10th anniversary of vandalizing.
Got my popcorn ready for the show. Steve1 (talk) 21:04, 27 November 2020 (UTC)
Taken care of. Greener (talk) 01:35, 28 November 2020 (UTC)
Vandal Ucexseta (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
This information about Sega. Same as the last two. User DrogoBoffin new sig.png Drogo Boffin 08:18, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
Smote by Tanetris. Greener (talk) 17:44, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
Vandal Xalphunceda (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
This information about Sega. Also the same as Necsutunu. Not sure why Abuse filter didn't get em. User DrogoBoffin new sig.png Drogo Boffin 08:18, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
Smote by Tanetris. Greener (talk) 17:44, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
Vandal Necsutunu (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
This Information about Sega. Also the same as Xalaphunceda. Not sure why Abuse filter didn't get em. User DrogoBoffin new sig.png Drogo Boffin 08:18, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
Smote by Tanetris. Greener (talk) 17:44, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
Vandal HorribIe (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
It's the one with the goatee. horrible | contribs 03:38, 3 September 2020 (UTC)
i did a thing -Auron 03:41, 3 September 2020 (UTC)
Vandal ‎ (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
horrible | contribs 21:07, 26 August 2020 (UTC)
Blocked by Greener. -- Salome User salome sig2.png 16:41, 27 August 2020 (UTC)
Vandal‎ (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
this User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png Drogo Boffin 02:04, 26 August 2020 (UTC)
Blocked by Rainith. -- Salome User salome sig2.png 16:41, 27 August 2020 (UTC) (talkcontribslogsblock log)
Same person as User1011010. Mentioned being banned on account right after user wasn blocked. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png Drogo Boffin 22:49, 25 August 2020 (UTC)
Blocked by Greener. -- Salome User salome sig2.png 16:41, 27 August 2020 (UTC)
User1011010‎ (talkcontribslogsblock log)
Possibly falconeye per this. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png Drogo Boffin 22:10, 25 August 2020 (UTC)
Blocked by Greener. -- Salome User salome sig2.png 16:41, 27 August 2020 (UTC)
Vandal Pattinash24 (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
self-promotion of some garbage. horrible | contribs 20:09, 25 August 2020 (UTC)
Put into the trash can. Greener (talk) 20:56, 25 August 2020 (UTC)
Vandal Falk1n Ey4 (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
Enough said. horrible | contribs 01:00, 21 August 2020 (UTC)
Yep. Greener (talk) 20:56, 25 August 2020 (UTC)
Vandal ‎ (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log) - see all edits by users under
horrible | contribs 00:58, 21 August 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for the IP range. Greener (talk) 20:56, 25 August 2020 (UTC)
Vandal (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
horrible | contribs 19:17, 13 August 2020 (UTC)
Done. - Rainith (talk) 20:58, 13 August 2020 (UTC)
Vandal (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
See falconeyes talk history and infinites talk page for more info Durp da durp (talk) 02:22, 29 July 2020 (UTC)
Tane dealt with. Thanks for the report. -- Salome User salome sig2.png 16:10, 30 July 2020 (UTC)
Vandal (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
Adding links to a gold-selling site for gw2. Also see: their gw2w log horrible | contribs 17:20, 20 July 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for digging into that. Greener (talk) 17:29, 20 July 2020 (UTC)
Vandal (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
at least they're creative. horrible | contribs 22:45, 12 July 2020 (UTC)
Blocked, thanks. Greener (talk) 17:22, 14 July 2020 (UTC)
Vandal (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
Using several IPs under 172.58.227.X horrible | contribs 22:53, 9 July 2020 (UTC)
Taken care of by Tanetris. horrible | contribs 22:45, 12 July 2020 (UTC)
Vandal (talkcontribs [deleted] • logsblock logabuse filter log)
He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. horrible | contribs 03:02, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
An Auron took him out back. Greener (talk) 03:14, 21 June 2020 (UTC)

Request unban for User:Konig Des Todes[edit]

At the prompting of several others on GWW's Discord, and directed here by User:Greener, I'm requesting a removal of my permaban. I have two reasons for this request:

  1. I hold the view that the permaban by Auron was extreme for a complaint about GW2W administration practices over disputes (which I still feel was a justified view at the time, albeit immature to make the post). I've often felt Auron disliked me, and find his reasoning suspect given that it's only his word (and his word has, unfortunately, been used to villinize me even this week for behavior over a decade old).
  2. More importantly, however, is the fact that I've noticed several issues (and untapped potential) with GWW where improvement is either needed or useful (for example, there is a plethora of dialogue missing from EotN bounty NPCs, that aren't even tagged as stubs). I've notified multiple others about this, even made public requests, requesting that they bring it up to the more active GWW editors in my stead. Either I get told to request a ban lift, or nothing happens at all.

So for the sake of improving things, and hopefully burying an immature past that no longer reflects the present, I am making this formal request for lifting the ban. 15:00, 16 October 2019 (UTC)

I'm not against this request, people change, and the hope is that we all change for the better. That said, if you are to be unbanned, then it should (IMO) be with the understanding that any sort of rule breaking would result in the reinstatement of the permanent ban. Just my $0.02. -Rainith (talk) 21:07, 16 October 2019 (UTC)
I want to make everyone aware that the timing of this request does raise an eyebrow for me. Very recently a user with strong history of conflict and arguments involving Konig (User:Santax) has started editing lore articles again. I don't want to believe these events are related, however there is the unfortunate precedent that they may be. While I will personally assume good faith, especially considering Konig's expertise in regards to lore and the readiness to provide sources when questioned, I also want to press upon Konig to acknowledge this caution if the decision for the block to be lifted is reached. - Infinite - talk 00:59, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

(Reset indent) As I had said to you off-wiki, the first step in having us look at your ban would be asking the admin to talk about it; and we have.

While the Guild Wars 1 and Guild Wars 2 wikis were separated many years ago, and there was an attempt to treat them as two independent communities, these two wikis have remained tied together through shared lore and editors. In the past, I have not considered off-wiki issues that users have had in the Guild Wars community because my purview, my jurisdiction, my responsibility, was only the wiki. You and I share both wikis, we share both communities, and I cannot ignore that what happens here will affect what happens there.

If this were a case of a decade's old issue, I would be inclined to say that the past can be put into the past. Unfortunately our past can also catch up to us. While permanently banned here, you continued to edit the wiki – even using another account, User:Konig. Your passion for lore has continued to raise conflicts with others on the Guild Wars 2 wiki, and you have had your share of chances over there. We both know you can still contribute a lot to the Guild Wars community, and I would ask that your focus be on the other wiki whose game is continuing to grow and evolve. Show that even when you disagree you can still get along with other editors. We both know you can, and have always wanted, to do just that. Continue to prove to that you can be a constructive presence in the community, and we can return to this discussion in the future.

Giving you access to the Guild Wars 1 wiki would be a reward in spite of your working around of the ban. The right to edit on this wiki is something you will have to earn through building good will in our shared community. Greener (talk) 14:56, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

Fair and expected. As I said, I was mainly prompting this because it was suggested when I brought up places of improvement to others. The same thing with my "flaunting of the ban", which was far from my intention, as the only reason why I did such was because I was ignored or was even outright told to do things myself despite those people knowing I was banned and was left with the impression that no one, even wiki admins who could see the discussion, cared. If I had intent of rule breaking that I would have made a new account or just done an it as an IP.
@Infinite, this had nothing to do with Santax. 17:30, 17 October 2019 (UTC)
Would it be possible to give him editing rights for talk pages? That way he could add stuff indirectly and the few remaining posters could copy it over to the article pages. Not ideal, I know.
Or a tightened Rainith version: Unban him, last chance. One rule broken: Banned again. And no editing of Santax's posts at all (for that he'd need to go to the talk page). Steve1 (talk) 19:15, 17 October 2019 (UTC)
@Konig, I do see how a lack of earlier action to address your edits while banned would seem like tacit allowance on my part. For that, I am sorry. I am far from omniscient, and I did not keep track of your ban here nor recall your edits on User:Konig after the ban had been brought up. I've modified my words above as "flaunting" was inaccurate.
@Steve, unfortunately the options we have on blocking accounts does not allow for that much granularity. Greener (talk) 20:06, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

Chieftain Alex resignation from GWW[edit]

Hello, I don't think the community that elected me to sysop is there anymore, what's left feels like it's pulling in a different direction, and I can feel my gw1w activity tailing off. Please remove my sysop and bot rights on this wiki. -Chieftain Alex 19:36, 21 June 2020 (UTC)

Sorry to see you go, mate. Your work here has been invaluable. Greener (talk) 19:41, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
That is very unfortunate. I think your technical expertise will be sorely missed on the wiki. Maybe wait a bit more and see how things evolve? The initial RfC wave took a turn after all. Steve1 (talk) 20:00, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
/sigh :( — snogratUser Snograt signature.png 20:29, 21 June 2020 (UTC)

Domain issues[edit]

moved to Guild Wars Wiki:Reporting wiki bugs#Domain issues

Updating Pic[edit]

Its been years since I have updated pics. Is there anyone who can assist in updating to the HD pic I took of the War Pick? Gladiator Motoko (talk) 22:30, 5 July 2020 (UTC)

Looks good to me now. Sometimes the cache takes time to update, you can always force it with a purge (if you click the clock in the top right on the page you want to refresh, it'll bring you to the cache purge page) horrible | contribs 22:41, 5 July 2020 (UTC)
Great thank you! Gladiator Motoko (talk) 23:36, 13 July 2020 (UTC)

Various Dye Text[edit]

I am not sure the text used to edit the various dye options for weapons. Would anyone be able to add the text to this picture for the Censor Icon? Gladiator Motoko (talk) 23:37, 13 July 2020 (UTC)

Not really an admin topic. There seems to be a whole range of ways to show dye previews, so whichever text is readable is fine. Greener (talk) 17:22, 14 July 2020 (UTC)

Image restoration request[edit]

Please restore File:Yule Cap f.jpg and File:Yule Cap f.jpg for usage in Gallery of festival hats. horrible | contribs 04:55, 28 September 2020 (UTC)

Linked the same one twice? Assuming you meant male for one of them -Auron 07:08, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
I did. Thanks! horrible | contribs 13:19, 28 September 2020 (UTC)

Heyas, another one: File:User_Chieftain_Alex_cartographer_gimp.png - used on Guide_to_Legendary_Cartographer horrible | contribs 22:01, 7 November 2020 (UTC)

Thanks Tanetris. File:User Chieftain Alex Trading Blows incoming enemy directions.jpg is also used in the mainspace. Did a cursory glance at the special page for wanted files, but i didn't see any more. horrible | contribs 06:51, 8 November 2020 (UTC)
Restored. poke | talk 12:13, 8 November 2020 (UTC)
Thanks! horrible | contribs 14:45, 8 November 2020 (UTC)

IP Talk page footer update[edit]

Hi - the footer appended to talk pages for IP users uses "him/her" - any chance we could get this updated to them instead? horrible | contribs 13:30, 5 October 2020 (UTC)

Updated. Greener (talk) 17:11, 5 October 2020 (UTC)
Thanks! horrible | contribs 17:15, 5 October 2020 (UTC)

Location disambiguation template[edit]

The "Location disambiguation 2" template seems to be broken, apparently every single explorable area and mission has a wiki page for its WiK and WoC equivalents as well as a landmark with the same name (most are obviously red links). See for example Hell's Precipice. Jeree95 (talk) 09:58, 7 October 2020 (UTC)

Technically it works just fine, but the template isn't called correctly: [1]
Editors can read the usage of the template (and any others) on their respective pages: {{Location disambiguation 2}} - Infinite - talk 10:41, 7 October 2020 (UTC)
The template states "For most articles, autodetection will automatically list all related locations. If not, see the below for examples to manually add, repoint, or ignore articles as needed" indicating that it is supposed to automatically detect which articles exist and which don't. This behavior is broken, and we're either going to need to fix it, or change the call on every page it's used (which appears to be 346 mainspace articles, less 1 Infinite changed). - Tanetris (talk) 16:21, 7 October 2020 (UTC)
Have we made any upgrades to the wiki software recently? Looks like whatever it uses to determine if pages exist or not is broken. I'll take a look later and see if I can suss out the problem, since I think all of the people experienced with DPL have noped out. horrible | contribs 18:25, 7 October 2020 (UTC)
Hi all. I did just upgrade the wikis Tuesday morning at 3 AM Pacific time with a maintenance and security update from MediaWiki 1.34.2 to 1.34.4, along with all of the relevant updates to extensions, vendor libraries, etc. So it's possible something in there that should have been minor may be causing this. Let me know if you need further backend investigation. Justin Lloyd (talk) 18:31, 7 October 2020 (UTC)
Looks like {{Ifexists}} is broken, but I'm not sure why. Rather than fixing it, Might be a good idea to have a bot go through and replace calls to it with the parser version, like I just did for the above template. horrible | contribs 19:40, 7 October 2020 (UTC)
Went ahead and updated ifexists with the current version from mediawiki. Should be fixed now. horrible | contribs 19:53, 7 October 2020 (UTC)
Admittedly I had missed the time to thoroughly check multiple instances of the template in use and left the answer quickly, mostly to inspire others to hunt for any other broken calls while I was at work. Good to know that this was resolved, though! - Infinite - talk 20:38, 7 October 2020 (UTC)
Though now everything is in Category:Pages_with_template_loops - and from what I can tell that's a bad thing. And I'm not sure why it's happening. 🙃 horrible | contribs 20:39, 7 October 2020 (UTC)
I also cannot figure this one out. The problem now is that it is going to slowly fill that category with thousands upon thousands of pages. Should we roll back and wait for input? - Infinite - talk 21:04, 7 October 2020 (UTC)
My best guess at this point is something changed between our last and current dpl versions that changed usermode to output nothing rather than what we expected. I've updated the template to output the page name for pages that exist, and swapped the parameters' order accordingly. Should work now, and hopefully doesn't produce the same cascading "loop" that mediawiki's version seemed to. horrible | contribs 22:52, 7 October 2020 (UTC)
I doubt it was DPL itself as nothing significant changed, here's a diff of the previous and current versions. Justin Lloyd (talk) 08:35, 8 October 2020 (UTC)
Kinda late, gw2wikidiscord brought me here. It was a dpl issue only. Before the update a dpl query showed a warning if no results were found (something like this if I remember correctly: Extension:DynamicPageList (DPL), version [..]: Warning: No results. - copied from a wiki talkpage). This fact was exploited by the template {{ifexists}}. See also the GW2 template ifexists fix preserving the previous functionality that only no results trigger the if part (if they reintroduce the warning then it would still work). -- 18:43, 10 October 2020 (UTC) (a.k.a. gw2:User:Tolkyria)

Returning player sitenotice[edit]

Is this intended to re-appear fairly frequently? I see it pop back up like once a month. horrible | contribs 01:55, 8 October 2020 (UTC)

My guess is your cache is getting cleared, so your browser is forgetting to ignore it. Greener (talk) 02:29, 8 October 2020 (UTC)

Another image restoration request[edit]

I'd like to have File:Zehtukas_Pack_Pack_Map_Alkali_Pan.jpg restored. The image hopefully shows a precise location, which the Zehtuka's Pack article is currently missing ("near Vah the Crafty" is too vague if one might need over a hundred instances to find one). Once it is restored, I'd like to either link it in the article (after correcting the file name), as it was done for the first location listed there, or at least link it in the talk page. --User ARTy sig.png 22:40, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

So it looks like the file is not restorable. However I took a look at the Zehtuka's Pack page history... Apparently that entry originally said "To the extreme North of where Vah the Crafty is" (with the map), which then got changed to "in the north, near Vah the Crafty" (and removing the link to the map) which appears to have been a misinterpretation, then later changed to "in the south, near Vah the Crafty" (since Vah the Crafty is in the south). So I'd suspect it's in the northern part of that section of non-sulfur ground. Hope that helps (and if you do find it, by all means do get a shot of the map and link it). - Tanetris (talk) 23:35, 23 November 2020 (UTC)
Thank you for trying. I had looked into the talk pages and history both here and on and came to a similar conclusion as you did. I had hoped to turn that assumption into certainty though, because apparently it can take hundreds of attempts and being sure where to look exactly would help a great deal. --User ARTy sig.png 23:49, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Template update request[edit]

For {{ArenaNet image}}, Please change NCsoft to NCSoft, as I've updated the article name to reflect the correct capitalization. horrible | contribs 23:23, 29 December 2020 (UTC)

Just looking across the internet, I've seen NCSOFT on their website, NCsoft Corporation on the Korean Stock Exchange (you'll have to look it up in the search bar), and NCSoft on on wikipedia. I'm not sure there is a "correct" form out there, though perhaps the pure capitalization style is closest? Greener (talk) 00:24, 30 December 2020 (UTC)
I admit was basing my assumption on the wikipedia article. However, uses <h2 class="text-uppercase">NCSoft West</h2> to show as NCSoft West across the US and UK sites. I would imagine that the capitalization gets overlooked / not double-checked a lot of the time when doing direct translations. horrible | contribs 01:02, 30 December 2020 (UTC) 01:02, 30 December 2020 (UTC)
Perhaps best we ask Stephane when he's back from winter holiday, as he can run it up the official flagpole, and hold off on sweeping changes until then. - Tanetris (talk) 01:26, 30 December 2020 (UTC)

block log[edit]

Any chance it can be updated so that repeat offenders get blocked once and for all? Take this one here for example: 6th block this month.

Cheers, Steve1 (talk) 18:33, 19 April 2021 (UTC)

I don't know how to set up the Abuse Filter so I can't speak to that, but I've nuked that user and if there are others, feel free to point them out and I'll take care of them as well. My personal preference would be for the Abuse Filter to ramp up the blocks when it is the same user over and over again, maybe every other block stepping up to the next duration level until it hits the infinite level. But again, I have no idea how to set that up or if it is even possible. --Rainith (talk) 21:05, 19 April 2021 (UTC)
Not an expert on abusefilter, but it doesn't seem to have the ability to apply scaling punishment automatically. It's just a simple if:then, where you can specify what to deny and the punishment for triggering, but not "longer each time." -Auron 21:56, 19 April 2021 (UTC)
Alex had looked at this a while back on the gw2w. His solution at the time was to run his own script to identify accounts which had hit against certain filters multiple times. He then went and blocked those accounts. I don't believe that's something we'll be able to automate. Definitely frustrating, but at least the bots are being stopped far more often than not. Greener (talk) 04:48, 20 April 2021 (UTC)
Wow, you're pretty active. What caused that blocking spree? (thumbs up) Steve1 (talk) 19:57, 26 June 2021 (UTC)
Clients were done for the most part this week, so I had far too much time on my hands. Needed something to do. Greener (talk) 22:25, 26 June 2021 (UTC)

block log[edit]

Abuse filter talk contribs blocked Derros talk contribs with an expiration time of 3 days (account creation disabled) ‎(Automatically blocked by abuse filter. Description of matched rule: Spam: Targeted spam (brands))

might be a mistake. Steve1 (talk) 21:24, 31 May 2021 (UTC)

Definitely was a mistake. Thanks for noticing that. Greener (talk) 05:00, 1 June 2021 (UTC)