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Welcome to the Destinypedia's Education Center for Vandalism!

Introduction to Vandalism[edit]

Definition of Vandalism[edit]

Vandalism is any addition, removal, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of Destinypedia. Anyone who commits such an act is a vandal. Vandalism is prohibited on Destinypedia.

There are four mechanisms by which vandals can vandalize:

  • plain-text edits (includes "hidden" vandalism embedded within an article)
  • image uploads/inclusions
  • addition of external links
  • page moves/redirects

There are two types of vandalism: deliberate and ambiguous. A concerted effort should be made to differentiate between the two in regards on how to counter vandalism.

Deliberate Vandalism[edit]

Definition[edit]

Deliberate Vandalism is vandalism where it is definitively concluded that vandalism was intentional and was a deliberate effort to damage Destinypedia, and not a faux pas on behalf of the vandal.

Examples[edit]

Types of deliberate vandalism are as follows:

  • Sexual mentions
  • Racist mentions
  • Making article(s) with offensive name(s)
  • User page blanking/replacement
  • Talk page blanking/replacement
  • Creation of account(s) with offensive name(s)

What Can I Do?[edit]

  1. Leave a message on the vandal's talk page telling them to stop immediately. However, do not provoke the vandal in any way or form, and state it perfunctorily and business-like.
  2. Inform administrators immediately
  3. Administrators should administer a username/IP ban immediately without remonstration with the vandal

Ambiguous Vandalism[edit]

Definition[edit]

Ambiguous Vandalism is vandalism where it can not be definitively concluded that vandalism was an intentional and deliberate effort to damage Destinypedia, and may have been an accidental edit, a misunderstanding of Destinypedia policy, etc...

Examples[edit]

Types of ambiguous vandalism are as follows:

  • Article blanking - If a user does not understand Destinypedia policy and means to delete a page to recreate it, make space for a redirect, etc...
  • Spam - Examples could be advertisement or self-promotion on article namespace pages, etc...
Example: "Come visit my Freewebs site!" on an article
  • Nonsense additions - Adding irrelevant information to an article that in no way pertains to the article. This does not, however, include adding information to a wrong section of an article. Mentioning that a character was a male in the "references" section would not be construed as vandalism...the sentence should be moved to the appropriate section. This is, however, NOT nonsense. Nonsense is graffiti, etc...
Example: "hax0r 133t pwnz0r ter8t3btqy948y" on an article or "I LOVE YOUUUUUU!" on the Bungie article
  • Abuse of tags - Adding/removing "{{Delete}}", etc...when inappropriate.
Example: adding "{{Delete}}" to the Destiny article
  • Modifying user comments
  • Deleted page re-creation
Example: remaking user talk:PENI.S to taunt the vandal

What Can I Do?[edit]

  1. Leave a message on the user's talk page with the below-referenced templates. For the first time of ambiguous vandalism, leave Template:Vandalism Warning-1. For a second time, leave Template:Vandalism Warning-2, etc...
  2. Be extremely careful not to ambiguate deliberate and ambiguous vandalism! Accusing an ambiguately vandalizing user of deliberate vandalism could be very offensive!

Vandalism Templates[edit]

Warnings[edit]

Part of the Vandalism Warning Template series
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Vandalism Warning-1 Vandalism Warning-2 Vandalism Warning-3 Vandalism Warning-4 Vandalism Blocked

Blocks[edit]