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This page is for the reporting of vandalism within the Urban Dead wiki, as defined by vandalism policy. On this wiki, the punishment for Vandalism is temporary banning, but due to security concerns, the ability to mete out this punishment is restricted to System Operators. As such, regular users will need to lodge a report for a Vandal to be banned from the wiki. For consistency and accountability, System Operators are requested to note on this board their actions in dealing with Vandals.

Guidelines for Vandalism Reporting

In dealing with Vandalism, time is often of the essence. As such, we ask that all users include the following information in a Vandalism report:

  • A link to the pages in question.
Preferably bolded for visibility. If the Vandalism is occurring over a sufficiently large number of pages, instead include a time range of the vandalism attempt, or alternatively, a link to the first vandalised page. This allows us to quickly find the damage so we can quickly assess the situation.
  • The user name of the Vandal.
This allows us to more easily identify the culprit, and to check details.
  • A signed datestamp.
For accountability purposes, we ask that you record in your request your user name and the time you lodged the report.
  • Please report at the top.
There's conflict with where to post and a lot of the reports are missed. If it's placed at the top of the page it's probably going to be seen and dealt with.

If you see Vandalism in progress, don't wait for System Operators to deal with it, as there may be no System Operator online at the time. Lodge the report, then start reverting pages back to their original form. This can be done by going to the "History" tab at the top of the page, and finding the last edit before the Vandal's attack. When a System Operator is available, they'll assess the situation, and if the report is legitimate, we will take steps to either warn the vandal, or ban them if they are on their second warning.

If the page is long, you can add new reports by editing the top report and placing your new report above its header in the edit screen.

Before Submitting a Report

  • This page, Vandal Banning, deals with bad-faith breaches of official policy.
  • Interpersonal complaints are better sorted out at UDWiki:Administration/Arbitration.
  • As much as is practical, assume good faith and try to iron out problems with other users one to one, only using this page as a last resort.
  • Avoid submitting reports which are petty.



Vandalism Report Space

Administration Notice
Talk with the user before reporting or accusing someone of vandalism for small edits. In most cases it's simply a case of a new user that doesn't know how this wiki works. Sometimes assuming good faith and speaking with others can avoid a lot of drama, and can even help newbies feel part of this community.
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Administration Notice
Warned users can remove one entry of their warning history every one month and 250 edits after their last warning. Remember to ask a sysop to remove them in due time. You are as responsible for keeping track of your history as the sysops are; In case of a sysop wrongly punishing you due to an outdated history, he might not be punished for his actions.



May 2012

User:Iamnotatomato

See below. This one is using a proxy as well, as confirmed by anti-abuse.org. Proxies have been blocked. Now I'm all for waiting for these users to come on with a legitimate IP address, but in the case that they do not, I shall restate my stance that proxy usage should indeed be a punishable offense. --•▬ ▬••▬ • •••• •▬ ▬•▬• ▬•▬ #nerftemplatedsigs 01:07, 1 May 2012 (BST)

The current policy is explicitly based on Wikipedia's policy, which makes it clear that users are allowed to use proxies, but that open proxies will be banned on sight. Since you're suggesting something in addition and differently from that, this is a matter for A/PD to decide, not A/VB. Aichon 01:19, 1 May 2012 (BST)
Absolutely. This is a decision best left to A/PD and until then I wouldn't go toying with the idea too strongly just yet. DANCEDANCEREVOLUTION (TALK | CONTRIBS) 10:08, 1 May 2012 (BST)

Not Vandalism/Ban IP. Proxy use in and of itself isn't punishable, and I see neither traces of sockpuppetry hidden by proxy use. Let's just keep banning the proxy IPs and keeping an eye on the Iamnots -- Spiderzed 14:31, 1 May 2012 (BST)

Not vandalism - proxy use is not, in itself, vandalism -- boxy 07:38, 2 May 2012 (BST)

User:Iamnotaporpoise

Checkuser and anti-abuse.org confirms both of his listed IP addresses are proxies, and as we all know, by policy, proxies aren't allowed. Granted, we never have warned a user for proxy usage before, but since it is against policy, we should reconsider our stance on proxy usage and whether they should be warranted as a punishable offense on UDWiki. --•▬ ▬••▬ • •••• •▬ ▬•▬• ▬•▬ #nerftemplatedsigs 00:58, 1 May 2012 (BST)

Use A/PD to suggest a change or general A/VB discussion if you want to get the ball rolling. I'd recommend pinging Karek or one of the other guys familiar with proxy use first, though. There are certain circumstances where open proxies are used by legitimate wiki users, if I'm not mistaken. Granted, with UDWiki, its nearly always a spambot or zerg. ~Vsig.png 01:30, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

Not Vandalism/Ban IP. Proxy use in and of itself isn't punishable, and I see neither traces of sockpuppetry hidden by proxy use. Let's just keep banning the proxy IPs and keeping an eye on the Iamnots -- Spiderzed 14:33, 1 May 2012 (BST)

Not vandalism - proxy use is not, in itself, vandalism -- boxy 07:38, 2 May 2012 (BST)



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