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Bug 2002 - Spontaneous User Generated Bug
Spontaneous User Generated Bug
Status: RESOLVED INVALID
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
unspecified
PC Windows XP
: Normal normal (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Depends on:
Blocks:
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Reported: 2005-04-28 08:40 UTC by mcgd mcgdogm O'Toole
Modified: 2005-04-29 16:44 UTC (History)
0 users

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


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Description mcgd mcgdogm O'Toole 2005-04-28 08:40:20 UTC
Dear MediaZilla,

I added Chester Himes to the list of Mystery Writers.  I used the 
Wiki link at the end of the African American Writers' List.  My 
new Dell Inspiron 1000 generated a strange bug.  I am brand new 
to Wikipedia and I forgot to preview my change to the Mystery 
Writers list.  When I pressed Save Page and looked at the list, 
to my terror many of the names were changed, in particular names 
beginning with the letter J.  The site needs to be fixed right 
away; I don't know the names of the writers involved.  

I was quite scared and wrote a note on the discussion page.  The 
bug concerned happens to me on my home computer often.  I type in 
my name and the word mcgdm appears.  I am new to computers and I 
am gradually finding out how to correct this problem.  

In my note I wrote that 'I promise not to participate in any Wiki 
work until this problem is solved.'  Well, because I have a sense 
of this bug I broke my own promise and continued without 
incident.  I added material to the discussion pages at Japanese 
Cinema and Edible Salt successfully.  I began editing the 
discussion page at Citibank and was informed that my IP 
152.163.100.203 was blocked.  I had written the commonly known 
fact that Walter Wriston was the leader of the bank during the  
evolution of the modern consumer banking culture and during the 
introduction of the Automatic Telling Machine.  The administrator 
who had blocked the IP Number was brian0918, I believe.

I was using the IP number because I have cookie acceptance issues 
at this computer and had registered as McDogm and was told that 
an account had been set up.  This I did this evening.  In 
reporting the Mystery Writers List problem that spontaneously 
generated an hour ago my McDogm user name and password were not 
recognized.  I created a MediaZilla account for myself using my 
hanzomon05@aol.com account and my real name, mcgd mcgdogm 
O'Toole.  

I realize this bug sounds a little bit like mcgdogm King.  I hope 
I am not barred from editing at Wikipedia.  I have a lot to offer 
in the way of Asia and popular culture.  Please let me know if 
there is any problem.
Comment 1 mcgd mcgdogm O'Toole 2005-04-28 08:43:41 UTC
As I review my letter, I see the letter transposition bug is present.  My 
computer functions well in all other regards with the exception of the 
cookies issue.  I am eager to continue participating in Wikipedia but if it 
is too difficult I will continue at some point in the future when the 
letter transposition bug is not present.  Thanks for reading.
Comment 2 Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason 2005-04-28 08:48:12 UTC
INVALID, take block complaints somewhere else, like to the WikiEN mailing list,
see http://mail.wikipedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l
Comment 3 Brion Vibber 2005-04-28 22:42:06 UTC
If you really are having a problem with submitted text being changed, you may have a problem with 
malware / spyware / virus / etc. Try the appropriate virus checking and spyware removal tools (sorry I 
can't give a recommendation as these are generally Windows-specific problems).
Comment 4 Rowan Collins [IMSoP] 2005-04-29 16:44:32 UTC
(In reply to comment #3)
> If you really are having a problem with submitted text being changed, you may
have a problem with 
> malware / spyware / virus / etc. Try the appropriate virus checking and
spyware removal tools (sorry I 
> can't give a recommendation as these are generally Windows-specific problems).

For the record: "Ad-Aware" (from http://www.lavasoft.de/) and "Spybot
Search&Destroy" (from http://www.safer-networking.org/) are generally
recommended on the spyware/adware/etc front. You may have been given an
anti-virus tool with your PC; if not, I'm afraid I don't know of any good free
tools to recommend - a boxed copy of Norton or something from your local store
may be worth the investment.


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