Wikiquote:Vandalism

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Vandalism


Vandalism is any addition, deletion, or change to content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the project. The most common type of vandalism is the replacement of existing text with obscenities, page blanking, or the insertion of other wholly irrelevant content.

Any good-faith effort to improve the project, 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 Wikiquote.

Committing vandalism is a violation of the Wikiquote policy; it needs to be spotted, and then dealt with; if you cannot deal with it yourself, you can seek help from others.

Not all vandalism is blatant, nor are all massive or controversial changes vandalism: Careful attention needs to be given to whether the new data or information is right or whether it is vandalism.

Dealing with vandalism

If you see vandalism (as defined below), revert it. It is often worthwhile to check the page history after reverting to make sure you have removed all the vandalism. Also, check the user contributions of the vandal - you will often find more malicious edits.

Additionally, leave warning messages on the vandal's talk pages using the following system.

Warning templates

Note that these need not be used sequentially. If the edit is clearly vandalism, consider starting with test2. For continuing severe vandalism, test3 may be skipped and a test4 given straight after a test2. If, however, you are not sure that the edit is vandalism, always start with test1. The ~~~~ in the templates below cause the time and your signature to be added to the warning.

{{subst:test1}} ~~~~ 
Information.svg Thanks for experimenting with Wikiquote. Your test worked, and has now been reverted or removed. Please use Wikiquote:Sandbox for any other tests you want to do, since testing in articles will normally be reverted quickly. Please see the welcome page if you would like to learn more about contributing to our compendium of quotations. For a quick overview of what Wikiquote is, read Wikiquote:Wikiquote, and also What Wikiquote is not for a list of common activities that Wikiquote does not support.
{{subst:test2}} ~~~~ 
Please stop adding nonsense to Wikiquote. It is considered vandalism. If you want to experiment, please use the sandbox.
Wikiquote exists for the collecting of notable quotations of famous people and famous works. For a quick overview of what Wikiquote is, read Wikiquote:Wikiquote, and also What Wikiquote is not for a list of common activities that Wikiquote does not support.
When people are not interested in responsibly contributing to the development of the project incidents of their deliberate vandalism can result in their usernames or IP addresses being blocked from editing.
Thank you.
{{subst:test2a}} ~~~~ (a variant suitable for blanking vandalism) 
Please stop removing sourced content from Wikiquote. It is considered vandalism. If you want to experiment, please use the sandbox.
Wikiquote exists for the collecting of notable quotations of famous people and famous works. For a quick overview of what Wikiquote is, read Wikiquote:Wikiquote, and also What Wikiquote is not for a list of common activities that Wikiquote does not support.
When people are not interested in responsibly contributing to the development of the project incidents of their deliberate vandalism can result in IP addresses or usernames being blocked from editing.
Thank you.
{{subst:test3}} ~~~~ 
Please stop. If you continue to vandalize pages, add nonsense pages, or pages for nonnotable subjects, you will be blocked from editing Wikiquote.
{{subst:test4}} ~~~~ 
This is your last warning. The next time you vandalize a page you will be blocked from editing.

The "subst" causes the template text to be pasted into the talk page as if you had typed it out, instead of leaving {{subst:test}} visible when editing the page. This makes the messages more personal to the user, and thus, more friendly. Also, if someone vandalizes the template, then the vandalism will not affect every page that uses the text from the template.

If the vandal strikes again, list them at Wikiquote:Vandalism in Progress. The blocking admin leaves this on the vandal's talk page:

{{subst:test5}} 
Stop x nuvola with clock.svg
You have been temporarily blocked from editing Wikiquote for abuse of editing privileges. If you wish to make useful contributions, you are welcome to come back after the block expires.

Remember to sign and timestamp your warnings by leaving four tildes (like this: ~~~~).

Trace IP

Also, consider tracing the IP. Find owners by using ARIN, RIPE or APNIC (if an address is not in one, it will probably be in another), then add {{vandalip|Name of owner}} to the talk pages of users who vandalise.

Types of vandalism

These are the most common forms of vandalism on Wikipedia:

Blanking
Removing all or large parts of articles (commonly replacing the text with profanities) is a common vandal edit.
Spam
Adding inappropriate external links for advertisement and/or self-promotion.
VandalBot
A script or "robot" 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
Users will sometimes create joke articles or replace existing articles with plausible-sounding nonsense, or add silly jokes to existing articles. A better place for content that is intentionally of a joking or nonsensical nature is the Uncyclopedia.
Sneaky vandalism
Vandalism which is harder to spot. Adding misinformation, changing dates or making other sensible-appearing substitutions and typos.
Attention-seeking vandalism
Adding insults, using offensive usernames, replacing articles with jokes etc. (see also Wikiquote:No personal attacks)
User page vandalism
Replacing User pages with insults, profanity, etc. (see also Wikiquote:No personal attacks)
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 {{vfd}} or speedy-deletion tags on articles that do not meet such criteria, or deceptively placing protected-page tags on articles.
Template vandalism
Adding any of the above to templates.
Page move vandalism
Moving pages to offensive or nonsense names. Most infamous example was Willy on Wheels. However, Wikiquote now only allows users with 25 edits or above to make page moves, and the reason must be stated.
Redirect vandalism
Redirecting articles or talk pages to offensive articles or images.
Link vandalism
Rewriting links within an article so that they appear the same, but point to something irrelevant or ridiculous (e.g. [[Plato|France]]).
Avoidant vandalism
Removing {{vfd}}, {{copyvio}} and other related tags in order to conceal or avoid entries to risk deletion.
Removing warnings
Removing vandalism warnings from one's talk page is also considered vandalism.
Random character vandalism
Replacing topical information with random characters, or just adding random characters to a page. "aslkdjnsdagkljhasdlkh," for example.
Changing people's comments
Editing signed comments by another user to substantially change their meaning (e.g. turning someone's vote around). Signifying that a comment is unsigned is an exception. e.g. (unsigned comment from user)
Improper removing other people's dispute tags
Dispute tags are important way for people to show that there are problems with the article. Do not remove them unless you are sure that the dispute is settled. As a general rule, do not remove other people's dispute tags twice during a 24 hour period.
Talk page vandalism
Deleting the comments of other users from article Talk pages, or deleting entire sections thereof, is generally considered vandalism.
Official policy vandalism
Deleting or altering part of a Wikiquote 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 adding copyrighted material to Wikiquote articles in violation of Wikiquote policy is vandalism. Because users may be unaware that the information is copyrighted, or of Wikiquote policy in this regard, such action only becomes vandalism if it continues after the relevant policy and copyrighted nature of the material have been established.
Account creation vandalism
Creating accounts with deliberately offensive terms in the username is considered vandalism, whether the account is used or not.

What vandalism is not

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

Newbie 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 test template message) where they can keep making their tests. (Sometimes they will even revert their own changes.)
Learning wiki markup and the 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 Wikiquote:How to edit a page, and the like.
NPOV violations
The neutral point of view is a difficult policy for many of us to understand, and even Wikiquote veterans occasionally accidentally introduce material which is non-ideal from an NPOV perspective. Indeed, we are all blinded by our beliefs to a greater or lesser extent. While regrettable, this is not vandalism.
Bold edits
Wikiquotians 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 wrote removed, moved to talk, 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 project 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.
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 a matter of regret, and you may wish to see our dispute resolution pages to get help. However, it is not vandalism.
Harassing or making personal attacks
We have a clear policy on Wikiquote 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. However, harassment is not in general vandalism.

How to spot vandalism

The best way to detect vandalism is through w:recent changes patrolling. Once you've found it, w:revert the page to an earlier version.

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