Vandalism is defined as any edits made in a deliberate attempt to lower the quality of the wiki. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Replacing the text of an article or a section of an article with blank text.
- Uploading inappropriate images, or replacing existing images with inappropriate images.
- Adding nonsense, obscenities, or bad jokes to existing articles.
- Creating new articles which are entirely off-topic nonsense.
- Moving a page to a new, nonsensical title.
- Adding external links to pages for the purpose of advertising. (This is a form of spam, sometimes called "linkspam" or "spamdalism".)
An editor who vandalises the wiki may be blocked from making further edits, according to Firefly:Blocking policy.
Any good faith effort to improve the wiki, even if it's misguided or incorrect, is not vandalism. This may include:
- Adding information to the wiki from unreliable sources (assuming the editor in question is not aware that the sources are unreliable).
- Adding information which may or may not be correct, but doing so in a way which violates style policies, the rules of MediaWiki syntax, or the rules of English grammar and spelling.
- Removing information which the editor believes to be incorrect.
When you see that a page has been vandalized, please revert the page to the previous version. Reverting the vandalism quickly helps to protect the wiki, and it sends a message to the vandal that his or her efforts have been wasted.
- Click the "history" tag on the page, and you'll see a list of all of the previous versions of the page.
- You can see any version by clicking on the date. Click on the most recent version before the vandalism.
- Click on "edit", and you'll see a regular edit page, plus a warning that says that you're editing an out-of-date revision of the page.
- Hit save, and the unvandalized version will become the current version of the page again.
Check the vandal's contribution historyEdit
It can also be helpful to click on the vandal's IP address or username to see their contribution history. They may have vandalized other pages, too, and you can revert those.
Don't tease the vandalsEdit
Vandalism is irritating, especially when you can tell that it's the same vandal who's come back more than once. Please resist the urge to let the vandal know how annoyed you are. Don't write anything in the edit summary except "vandalism", and don't post anything on the contributor's talk page.
Vandals are looking for two different kinds of satisfaction: the pleasure of defacing our work, and the pleasure of watching us get angry about it. When you revert the vandalism and ignore the vandal, you take all the pleasure away; the vandal will get bored and move on to pulling the legs off of spiders or whatever else they enjoy.