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Some visitors may have problems dealing with some of the content on this site, and may feel they're pleasing God by attempting to ruin the site, since it's so easy to do so.

If you find an article where all the text has been deleted or replaced here's how to fix it:

  1. Click on page history.
  2. Go through the historical versions of the page until you find the last non-vandalised version. Normally, versions by IPs and versions tagged as vandal reverts take turns. In that case, picking the youngest version by someone you know as a reliable reverter is a good guess.
  3. Click on the "Edit this page" for that version.
  4. Submitting that page will replace the vandalism with the correct version of the article.

This method is not only quick but also safe. Reverting the vandalism by hand is unsafe - it often loses text removed by the vandal.

In addition to fixing the page, please also:

  • Add the following text to the user's talk page: {{msg:vandalwarning}}. This will automatically be converted to the standard warning message for vandals.
  • List the page here so a moderator can ban the user if necessary. If a user vandalizes a page having already been warned about vandalism they will be banned.

Vandalism in progress

To add a new report use {{vip|name or IP number}} Template:Vip vandalized my poor user page TheIncredibleEdibleOompaLoompa 20:34, 28 Jul 2005 (BST) Template:Vip I'm not too sure what this user was doing, but it seemed to involve vandalizing and unvandalizing pages? TheIncredibleEdibleOompaLoompa 20:34, 28 Jul 2005 (BST) Template:Vip vandalized evowiki namespace pages as well as my poor user page, as well as tk's TheIncredibleEdibleOompaLoompa 20:34, 28 Jul 2005 (BST) Template:Vip inserted repeating links to a pornographic site onto Evowiki:About. User:Escuerdo/sig 12:42, 30 June 2005

    • Added site to spam blacklist. Joe D (t) 13:22, 30 Jun 2005 (BST)

Template:Vip created the bizarre page: If I am gay, then so is my animal. Not sure what to make of it, but it looks like some kind of sick joke. --Escuerdo(talk) June 26, 2005 Template:Vip inserted repeating links to a commercial site onto EvoWiki:Help. --Escuerdo(talk) 5:04, 22 June 2005

    • Blocked, url added to blacklist. Joe D (t) 11:57, 23 Jun 2005 (BST)

Template:Vip seems to have deleted the previous responses of Systems left to themselves invariably tend towards disorder

    • This is not obvious vandalism, it may just be a revision, I suggest starting a discussion over the content on the talk page. Joe D (t) 17:07, 20 Jun 2005 (BST)

Template:Vip Vandalized 2 pages ( Main Page/New and Friendship) with links to porn sites. Vandalized 1 more page ( Human universals ) with links to porn sites. Blocking/banning him is suggested

    • block all of 69.50.183
    • The sites have been added to the spam blacklist. Joe D (t) 17:07, 20 Jun 2005 (BST)

Template:Vip Vandalized 1 page Category: Encyclopedia

  • 69.50.183 seems not to be enough - other 69.50.* have spammed intensively... --tk (t) 17:42, 4 Aug 2005 (BST)
  • Bite the bullet and ban all 69:50:xxx:yyy, for cryin' out loud... Cubist
    • I have no idea how to do that... --tk (t) 08:21, 10 Aug 2005 (BST)
  • Now we get the same spam every day. Maybe it's creationist nuisance spam? --tk (t) 08:21, 10 Aug 2005 (BST)
  • had been a busy little bee. A small number of its edits are not without merit; the majority of them are garbage straight out of the YEC playbook. I say ban the sucker. Cubist
    Arguments against banning it:
    • As far as I know, we never banned anybody for adding creationist nonsense. It has been reverted, but the originator never banned. Banning is for spammers.
    • All of its doings have been reverted, except Why are languages getting less complex? and First known languages are highly complex, in each of which it added the last response. Are those valid responses? If yes, banning would not be such a good idea. I'm in doubt - how do we know if the languages did not change in the last centuries? Also, the contributor confused language and scripture.
    Argument for banning it:
    • It does not know how to behave - it puts its nonsense right back after the revert.
    I'd say, let's wait. If there are more such repeats, we'll ban it. OK? --tk (t) 11:25, 29 Aug 2005
  • Someone seems to have written a bot that changes its own IP all the time and spams lots of pages several times. deserves a medal for all the revert work. (I marked the revert edits as patrolled because they cluttered the Recent changes page. Recently, I tend to mark as patrolled everything that has to do with vandalism, except my own reverts, because of the four-eyes principle.) --tk (t) 13:36, 24 Oct 2005 (BST)
    • Look out! I marked some of the IPs and bots and banned them, and started work reverting them, but I ran out of time and missed some - if you hide patrolled but show bots you'll find some more... not sure if they've been reverted and have no time right now to go through them all. Joe D (t) 02:23, 26 Oct 2005 (BST)
      • The bot is back, and now it creates heaps of new users. Reverting this would be easier if one could mark as patrolled several edits at once, from the revision history... --tk (t) 23:46, 4 Nov 2005 (GMT)
        • Due to its modus operandi, I've taken to calling the troll here "WikiTikiTavi" (take a good look at its edits to see why). I'm the same person as (see comment above by tk). --HeroicJay 23:42, 6 Nov 2005 (GMT)
          • I think that 'bot should be required to be registered. If WikiTikiTavi had to register each time, it would not be worth his while. Certainly some rules could detect most bots.
            • At the Homestar Runner Wiki, bots are blocked if they're not registered, but that doesn't stop someone from creating a spambot without registering it; we've had issues with WikiTikiTavi there too. Although you can guess based on their actions, it's not really possible to know that a 'bot is a 'bot just by looking at its IP or something like that. --HeroicJay 00:46, 7 Nov 2005 (GMT)
              • Actually, I don't think we are big enough to need bots at the moment... maybe we could ban them altogether, or if it's possible, have an admin acknowledging them? It's just a bother allowing them. --tk (t) 08:12, 7 Nov 2005 (GMT)


I'm too busy for EvoWiki at the moment, and have been without home internet so I haven't been blacklisting spam. Leave the URLs below without the 'http://' bit and they will be blocked asap. Joe D (t) 18:08, 16 Aug 2005 (BST)

  • drug-rehab
  • online-gambling

see Spam blacklist

NOT spam

Geocities appears to be in the spam filter. There is quite a bit of stuff there that is legit and not spam. Plus no one can edit articles with such links without deleting those links. For example Creationism has a legit link to a Lenny Flank article. Any regular to E/C issues is probably aware of Lenny. There is a spam in that article that I can't kill without deleting Lenny's article as well. Please don't put all of Geocities in the spam filter, only particular site owners.

Wikipedia vandalism resources

Vandalism is not usually a big problem on Wikis, since it can be so easily fixed. More details on how it can be fixed, prevention strategies, etc., can be found at Wikipedia.