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Vandalism is any addition, deletion, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of Wikipedia. The most common type of vandalism is the replacement of existing text with obscenities, page blanking, or the insertion of There was an error working with the wiki: Code[20]. Fortunately, this kind of vandalism is usually easy to spot. Any There was an error working with the wiki: Code[21] effort to improve the encyclopedia, even if misguided or ill-considered, is not vandalism. Apparent bad-faith edits that do not make their bad-faith nature inarguably explicit are not considered vandalism at Wikipedia. For example, adding a personal opinion once is not vandalism -- it's just not helpful, and should be removed or restated. Committing vandalism is a violation of Wikipedia policy it needs to be There was an error working with the wiki: Code[22], and then There was an error working with the wiki: Code[23] with -- if you cannot deal with it yourself, you can seek There was an error working with the wiki: Code[24]. Not all vandalism is obvious, nor are all massive or controversial changes vandalism careful attention needs to be given to whether the new data or information is right, or false but well-intentioned, or outright vandalism.

Dealing with vandalism

Edits that blank all or part of a biography of a living person There was an error working with the wiki: Code[25], but instead an effort by the subject of the article to remove inaccurate or biased material. If you see There was an error working with the wiki: Code[26] it and leave a warning message on the user's There was an error working with the wiki: Code[27]. Check the page history after reverting to make sure you have removed all the vandalism there may be multiple vandal edits, sometimes from several different IPs. If it is obvious that all versions of the page are pure vandalism, nominate the page for There was an error working with the wiki: Code[28]. Also, check the vandal's other contributions -- you will often find more malicious edits.

Warnings

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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] ~~~~ (unintentional vandalism/test)

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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[6] ~~~~ or There was an error working with the wiki: Code[7] ~~~~ (obvious vandalism)

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[8] ~~~~ (last warning)

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[9] ~~~~ (only warning)

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Note: Do not use these templates in content disputes instead, write a clear message explaining your disagreement.

There are several templates used to warn vandals. They are listed at right in order of severity, but need not be used in succession. Though some people vandalizing are incorrigible returning vandals and may be blocked quickly, it is common for jokesters or experimenters to make non-encyclopedic edits these people are usually stopped by a simple warning and often become productive contributors. If you are PESWiki:Vandalism, always start with There was an error working with the wiki: Code[10].

The ~~~~ in the templates above causes the time and your signature to be added to the warning. The "There was an error working with the wiki: Code[30]" causes the template text to be pasted into the talk page as if you had typed it out, instead of leaving There was an error working with the wiki: Code[11] visible when editing the page, because it is a comment in a talk page. You may also write your own message to the user.

If the vandal continues, list them at There was an error working with the wiki: Code[65]. The blocking admin may leave There was an error working with the wiki: Code[12] ~~~~ to notify that they have been blocked.

Trace IP address

Also, consider tracing the IP address. Find owners by using:

ARIN (North America)

RIPE (Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia)

APNIC (Asia Pacific)

LACNIC (Latin American and Caribbean)

AfriNIC (Africa)

(If an address is not in one, it will probably be in another registry.) Then add There was an error working with the wiki: Code[13] to the talk pages of users who vandalize.

If an IP address continues to vandalize and is registered to a school or other kind of responsive ISP, consider listing it on There was an error working with the wiki: Code[31] to see if it applies. If it does, list it.

Types of vandalism

Wikipedia vandalism may fall into one or more of the following categorizations:

Blanking: Removing all or significant parts of articles (sometimes replacing the removed content with profanities) or replacing entire established articles with a spurious redirect is a common vandal edit. Sometimes important verifiable references are deleted with no valid reason(s) given in the summary. However, significant content removals are usually not considered to be vandalism where the reason for the removal of the content is readily apparent by examination of the content itself, or where a non-frivolous explanation for the removal of apparently legitimate content is provided, linked to, or referenced in an edit summary. Due to the possibility of unexplained good-faith content removal, There was an error working with the wiki: Code[66] or There was an error working with the wiki: Code[67], as appropriate, should normally be used as initial warnings for ordinary content removals not involving any circumstances that would merit stronger warnings.

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[32]: Adding inappropriate external links for advertisement and/or self-promotion. Note that this applies only to placing links on numerous and/or unrelated pages. Adding self-promotional links to a few related articles may be inappropriate, but is not vandalism.

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[33]: A PESWiki:Bots that attempts to vandalize or spam massive numbers of articles (hundreds or thousands), blanking, or adding commercial links. Another type of vandalbot appears to log on repeatedly with multiple random names to vandalize an article.

Childish vandalism: Adding graffiti or blanking pages.

Silly vandalism: Creating joke or hoax articles, replacing existing articles with plausible-sounding nonsense, or adding silly jokes to existing articles is considered vandalism.

Sneaky vandalism: Vandalism which is harder to spot. Adding misinformation, changing dates or making other sensible-appearing substitutions and typos, hiding vandalism e.g. by making two bad edits and only reverting one, or reverting legitimate edits to hinder the improvement process.

Attention-seeking vandalism: Adding insults, using offensive usernames, replacing articles with jokes etc (see also There was an error working with the wiki: Code[68]).

Revert vandalism: Reverting articles to prevent vandalism is considered a genuine use of the revert function. There was an error working with the wiki: Code[34] to circumvent the There was an error working with the wiki: Code[35] is disruptive and considered to be vandalism.

User page vandalism: Replacing There was an error working with the wiki: Code[36]s with insults, profanity, or nonsense (see also There was an error working with the wiki: Code[69]).

Image vandalism: Uploading provocative images, inserting political messages, making malicious animated GIFs, etc. Repeatedly uploading images with no source and/or license information after notification that such information is required may also constitute vandalism.

Abuse of tags: Bad-faith placing of There was an error working with the wiki: Code[14] or speedy-deletion tags on articles that do not meet such criteria, or deceptively placing protected-page tags on articles.

Template vandalism: Any vandalism to templates. Examples include blanking the template, adding an image to the template which is unrelated to its use, et cetera. Edits which cause a template to display improperly are not vandalism if the mistake was unintentional.

Page move vandalism: Moving pages to offensive or nonsense names. PESWiki now only allows registered users active for at least four days to move pages.

Redirect vandalism: Redirecting articles or talk pages to offensive articles or images. One example is the autofellatio redirect vandal. Some vandals will try to redirect pages to nonsense titles they create this way. This variation is usually performed by vandals whose accounts are too new to move pages. It is also often done on pages that are protected from moves.

Link vandalism: Rewriting links within an article so that they appear the same, but point to something completely different or ridiculous (e.g. There was an error working with the wiki: Code[37]).

Avoidant vandalism: Removing There was an error working with the wiki: Code[15], There was an error working with the wiki: Code[16] and other related tags in order to conceal deletion candidates or avert deletion of such articles. Note that this is often mistakenly done by new users who are unfamiliar with fD procedures and such users should be given the benefit of the doubt and pointed to the proper page to discuss the issue.

Random character vandalism: Replacing topical information with random characters, or just adding random characters to a page. "aslkdjnsdagkljhasdlkh," for example. Be careful: only in extended cases is this vandalism it could also potentially be a new user test.

Changing people's comments: Editing signed comments by another user to substantially change their meaning (e.g. turning someone's vote around), except when There was an error working with the wiki: Code[38] (which is somewhat controversial in and of itself). Signifying that a comment is unsigned is an exception. e.g. (unsigned comment from user)

Improper use of dispute tags: There was an error working with the wiki: Code[39] tags are an important way for people to show that there are problems with the article. Do not remove them unless you are sure that all stated reasons for the dispute are settled. As a general rule, do not remove other people's dispute tags twice during a 24 hour period. Do not place dispute tags improperly, as in when there is no dispute, and the reason for placing the dispute tag is because a suggested edit has failed to meet consensus. Instead, follow There was an error working with the wiki: Code[40].

Talk page vandalism: Deleting the comments of other users from Talk pages other than your own, aside from removing There was an error working with the wiki: Code[41], vandalism, etc. is generally considered vandalism. There was an error working with the wiki: Code[42] is often considered legitimate, and it is considered acceptable to archive an overly long Talk page to a separate file and then remove the text from the main Talk page. The above does not apply to the user's own Talk page, where this policy does not itself prohibit the removal and archival of comments at the user's discretion.

Official policy vandalism: Deleting or altering part of a Wikipedia official policy with which the vandal disagrees, without any attempt to seek consensus or recognize an existing consensus. Improving or clarifying policy wording in line with the clear existing consensus is not vandalism.

Copyrighted material vandalism: Knowingly using copyrighted material on PESWiki in ways which violate There was an error working with the wiki: Code[43] is vandalism. Because users may be unaware that the information is copyrighted, or of Wikipedia policies on how such material may and may not be used, such action only becomes vandalism if it continues after the copyrighted nature of the material and relevant policy restricting its use have been communicated to the user.

Account creation vandalism: Creating accounts with usernames that contain deliberately offensive or disruptive terms is considered vandalism, whether the account is used or not. For Wikipedia's policy on what is considered inappropriate for a username, see PESWiki:Username.

Hidden vandalism: Any of the above in the form of hidden text not visible to the final rendering of the article but visible during editing.

What vandalism is not

Although sometimes referred to as such, the following things are not vandalism and are therefore treated differently:

New User Test: New users who discover the "Edit this page" button sometimes want to know if they can really edit any page, so they write something inside just to test it. This is not vandalism! On the contrary, these users should be warmly greeted, and given a reference to the Sandbox (e.g. using the There was an error working with the wiki: Code[44]) where they can keep making their tests. (Sometimes they will even revert their own changes in that case, place the message There was an error working with the wiki: Code[17] on their talk page.)

Learning Wiki Markup and Manual of Style: Some users require some time to learn the wiki-based markup, and will spend a little time experimenting with the different ways to make external links, internal links, and other special characters. Rather than condemning them as vandals, just explain to them what our standard style is on the issue in hand -- perhaps pointing them towards our documentation at PESWiki:How to edit a page, and the like.

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[45]: Point of view is a policy for including many of us.

PESWiki:Be bold in updating pages: Wikipedians often make sweeping changes to articles in order to improve them -- most of us aim to be bold when updating articles. While having large chunks of text you've written deleted, moved to the talk page, or substantially rewritten can sometimes feel like vandalism, it should not be confused with vandalism.

Mistakes: Sometimes, users will insert content into an article that is not necessarily accurate, in the belief that it is. By doing so in good faith, they are trying to contribute to the encyclopedia and improve it. If you believe that there is inaccurate information in an article, ensure that it is, and/or discuss its factuality with the user who has submitted it.

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[46]: While nonsense can be a form of vandalism, sometimes honest editors may not have expressed themselves correctly (there may be an error in the syntax, particularly for wikipedians who use English as a second language). This is a type of mistake. Sometimes connection errors unintentionally produce the appearance of nonsense. In either case, There was an error working with the wiki: Code[47].

Bullying or Stubbornness: Some users cannot come to agreement with others who are willing to talk to them on an article's talk page, and repeatedly make changes opposed by everyone else. This is regrettable -- you may wish to see our There was an error working with the wiki: Code[48] to get help. However, it is not vandalism.

Harassing or Making Personal Attacks: We have a clear policy on Wikipedia of no personal attacks, and harassing other contributors is not allowed. Some forms of harassment are also clear cases of vandalism, such as home page vandalism, or a personal attack on another editor inserted into an article. However, harassment in general is not vandalism.

If a user treats situations which are not clear vandalism as vandalism, then he or she is actually damaging the encyclopedia by driving away potential editors.

How to spot vandalism

The best way to detect vandalism is through There was an error working with the wiki: Code[49] or keeping an eye on your There was an error working with the wiki: Code[50]. The Help:What links here pages for There was an error working with the wiki: Code[51], There was an error working with the wiki: Code[52], There was an error working with the wiki: Code[53], and There was an error working with the wiki: Code[54] are also good places to find many test edits and/or vandalism. Any vandalism found should be There was an error working with the wiki: Code[55] remember to include any good edits that have happened since then! The There was an error working with the wiki: Code[56] can help users detect vandalism.

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See also

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[72] - essay on the motivation of a vandal

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[73] -- for quick action in clear cases

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[74] -- for reporting abusive IP addresses to ISPs

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[75] -- for more complex abuse, or to request a watch on a user/page.

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[76] -- a grid of templates that may be used on user talk pages

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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[80] -- get your pages watched by others

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