- 1 Disclaimers
- 2 Vandalism
- 3 Indentification
- 4 User Agreement
- 5 Use This Site At Your Own Risk
- 6 Final Arbiter
- 7 Copyright Information
- 8 See also
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Vandalism is any addition, removal, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of CPAPwiki. Vandalism cannot and will not be tolerated. Common types of vandalism are the addition of obscenities or crude humor, page blanking, and the insertion of nonsense into articles.
Any good-faith effort to improve the encyclopedia, even if misguided or ill-considered, is not vandalism. Even harmful edits that are not explicitly made in bad faith are not vandalism. For example, adding a controversial personal opinion to an article once is not vandalism; reinserting it despite multiple warnings is (however, edits/reverts over a content dispute are never vandalism, see WP:EW). Not all vandalism is obvious, nor are all massive or controversial changes vandalism. Careful thought may be needed to decide whether changes made are beneficial, detrimental but well-intended, or outright vandalism.
Committing vandalism violates CPAPwiki policy. If you find that another user has vandalized CPAPwiki, you should revert these changes; you may also warn the user (see below for specific instructions). Users who vandalize CPAPwiki repeatedly, despite warnings to stop, should be reported to CPAPwiki:Administrator intervention against vandalism, and administrators may block them. Note that warnings are not always required; accounts whose main or only use is obvious vandalism or other forbidden activity may be blocked without warning. How to spot vandalism
The best way to detect vandalism is through recent changes patrolling, using the recent changes link to spot articles with edits that had come from IP addresses, or keeping an eye on your watchlist. The what links here pages for Insert text, Link title, Headline text, Bold text, Image:Example.jpg and Image:Example.ogg are also good places to find many test edits or vandalism. The auto-summary feature can also help users spot vandalism, as can viewing the abuse log. Edits tagged by the abuse filter may also contain vandalism. However, many tagged edits are legitimate, so they should not be blindly reverted.
How to respond to vandalism
If you see vandalism in an article, the simplest thing to do is just to remove it. But take care! Sometimes vandalism takes place on top of older, undetected vandalism, sometimes other editors make edits without realizing the vandalism occurred, and sometimes bots try to fix collateral damage and accidentally make things worse. Check the edit history to make sure you're reverting to a 'clean' version of the page, or if you can't tell where the best place is, take your best guess and leave a note on the article's talk page so that someone more familiar with the page can address the issue—or you can manually remove the vandalism without reverting the page back.
If you see vandalism on a list of changes (such as your watchlist), then revert it immediately. You may use the "undo" button (and the automatic edit summary it generates), and mark the change as minor. It may be helpful to check the page history to determine whether other recent edits by the same or other editors also represent vandalism. Repair all vandalism you can identify.
For a new article, if all versions of the article are pure vandalism, mark it for speedy deletion by tagging it with Template:Db-g3.
If you see that a user has added vandalism, you may also check the user's other contributions (click "User contributions" on the left sidebar of the screen). If most or all of these are obvious vandalism, and there seems an urgent need to block that user, you may report the user immediately at CPAPwiki:Administrator intervention against vandalism. Otherwise you can leave an appropriate warning message on the user's talk page. Remember that any editor may freely remove messages from their own talk page, so they might appear only in the talk history. If a user continues to cause disruption after being warned, report them at CPAPwiki:Administrator intervention against vandalism. An administrator will then decide whether to block the user.
For repeated vandalism by an anonymous IP address, it is helpful to take the following additional steps:
1. Trace the IP address (e.g. http://www.domaintools.com/) and add Template:Whois to the user talk page of the address. If it appears to be a shared IP address, add Template:SharedIP or Template:SharedIPEDU. The OrgName on the IP trace result should be used as the Name of owner parameter in the above three
2. For repetitive anonymous vandalism, particularly where registered to a school or other kind of responsive ISP, consider listing it on CPAPwiki:Abuse response.
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