User talk:Octo8

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Nullahnung (talk) 01:38, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

A quick question...[edit]

Can you say a few words about the provenance of your screen name? PowderSmokeAndLeather (talk) 00:43, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

I used to play in a forum game, several years ago, where we RPed as nations. Mine was called Octopolis, so usually I was just addressed as Octo. So, I started to go by that name elsewhere, too. The addition of the 8 is because "Octo" is not by itself a very clever name, so it is often already taken. I didn't try if it was here, I just went straight to Octo8. Octo8 (talk) 00:58, 9 February 2014 (UTC)
Okay, cool, thanks. I was a little concerned because the number "88" (as in octo-8) has certain ... connotations among a ... certain cohort of nasty people. No worries, and, hey, welcome to the madhouse. PowderSmokeAndLeather (talk) 01:05, 9 February 2014 (UTC)
Yes, this was recently pointed out to me on another site as well. I suppose in that regard the name wasn't well chosen, but oh well. I'm not changing it just because of some Nazis :p Octo8 (talk) 01:38, 9 February 2014 (UTC)
Given the prevalence of Malcolm on your user page, I'm almost convinced you're okay. :-) PowderSmokeAndLeather (talk) 01:47, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Also...[edit]

In exchange for this, please de-red your username. It's a new rule I just made up. PowderSmokeAndLeather (talk) 01:07, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, have done so Octo8 (talk) 01:38, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi-effort IP edit[edit]

That was the most effort by an IP I've ever seen. Most of them just add "You lie!" after the first paragraph. Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 04:24, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

Heh, I suppose. But the aim was obviously to revert the article's statement to the contrary. If the anon signs up and discusses his point on the talk page, maybe a compromise can be found. Octo8 (talk) 04:48, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

Blocking[edit]

Hey, New Guy. A 3-day block is kind of heavy-handed, especially on an ip. Consider using the vandal bin, or, in the case of someone who's targeting a specific article or two, locking the article(s) in question for a few hours. We try to use the big blocks for serial vandals/people who pollute the place persistently with racist diatribes/real assholes. We're sort of resigned to having to clean up after run-of-the-mill a-holes in order to maintain a more open environment. PowderSmokeAndLeather (talk) 15:40, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

I see. My rationale was that with drive-by vandals, chances are they won't even notice a single hour block. But if they still can't edit after three days, they might give up and go elsewhere. I mean, I do suppose most vandals are just casual, without great motivation. But I'll follow the usual practice from now on then. Even if 1h blocks seem to be symbolic at best ;) Octo8 (talk) 15:42, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

My freedom[edit]

Y u take my freedom ur just like da NSA--Fat Aardvark JR (talk) 17:45, 10 February 2014 (UTC)