Vandalism is any addition, removal, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of Metapedia.
The most common types of vandalism include the addition of obscenities to pages, page blanking, or the insertion of bad (or good) jokes or other nonsense. Fortunately, these types of vandalism are usually easy to spot.
Any good-faith 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 Metapedia. For example, adding a personal opinion once is not vandalism—it's just not helpful, and should be removed or restated.
Not all vandalism is obvious, nor are all massive or controversial changes vandalism; careful attention needs to be given to whether changes made are beneficial, detrimental but well intended, or outright vandalism.
- Entering obscene images or replacing existing images with obscene or incorrect ones
- Deletion of existing articles or part of them
- Modification of existing article s or part of them to gibberish or incorrect information
- Creating new articles containing nonsense information or gibberish
- Creating new articles, in that not every part is correct
- Adding personal opinion to an article
- Attacks on discussion pages, if not obscene
If the above activities occur repeatedly, they will be considered as vandalism.
Identification and fight vandalism
- In case of new images or articles identification is trivial
- In case of existing articles the diff function will help
- In case of URL-s the content of the url must be verified
- In case of not existing persons or images web search (e.g. using google) can help
- For nonsense articles trying to add a category will help
If you see, that a page is vandalized, you can restore the correct page using the history information of the page. The user, who damaged the page should be notified of the incident and warned nmot to repeat the action, in case of serious damage or repeated damage the user must be barred from metapedia editing.
Please help us to keep metapedia an integer, valuable source of information.