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Need help dealing with Vietnam IP-based vandalism
Hello again WikiProject, I need some help from knowledgeable Disney folk to deal with rampant vandalism being caused by an IP-hopping vandal/vandals based in Vietnam. (Typical ranges: 222.*, 123.*, 117.*, 113.*) A lot of the vandalism is subtle and requires some knowledge of the various projects that Disney has produced. I'm not so slick on all of that, and I find myself having to double and triple check stuff. I first brought this problem to your attention above, when the vandal kept adding hoax content about a 2015 Beauty and the Beast animated series. We managed to protect a few articles, but the vandals keep messing with more Disney articles, typically more obscure ones. If you're interested in seeing the scope of the problem, please click here, which details all mentions of "Vietnam" in my edit summaries, and which will give you an idea of what sorts of articles/templates are being affected.
I'm at the point where I feel like reverting anything from a Vietnam IP per WP:RBI, but I think it would be better to get other editors to rifle through the various edits made by these IPs just in case anything is worth keeping. Anyhow, thanks for helping. Cyphoidbomb (talk) 16:32, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
@Cyphoidbomb: Those are really big ranges. Do you have a list of all the IPs you think are being used? If so I can try to place a few narrow rangeblocks for a short period of time. But I can't block like a /4. :) Protonk (talk) 18:41, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
None of those IPs appear to still be live. The most recent one (near as I can tell) is 188.8.131.52 and they haven't edited today. So I probably won't block anyone just yet. Let me know if it starts up again or if you find any other IPs. Protonk (talk) 18:50, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
Hi @Protonk:, they seem to edit daily. I basically keep adding these obscure articles to my watchlist and reverting as much as I can after running a Geolocate on a questionable IP. I feel like I was told once before that it would be futile to try to block the IPs, which is why I typically go for page protection. Although (as you can tell from my edit summary search) we're talking about having to block a shit-ton of pages to prevent the disruptions. So it's a lose-lose. If you need a list of IPs, I can probably pull them from my edit summary history later today. Cyphoidbomb (talk) 18:54, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
That would be really helpful. I can rangeblock some (I think a few ranges in 113.190.xxx.xxx might work) and try to see if specific pages can be semi-protected for a few weeks, though as you note that's tough to do without semi-protecting half the (wiki)project. Protonk (talk) 19:09, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
As an aside I'm probably no help on watching the individual articles. Some of the lesser known Disney things (e.g. Playhouse Disney) are so weird that I can't tell nonsense additions from stuff that is real/valid and just doesn't have a source. Protonk (talk) 19:35, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
Hey @Cyphoidbomb: I noticed an IP from Vietnam made a bunch of edits to the List of Disney television series page today. I can't tell if the changes they made are actually wrong or not (there's a lot of them but they're fairly subtle) but I thought it might be worth mentioning. They also made a bunch of edits on a handful of other pages -- 184.108.40.206. Kaciemonster (talk) 00:41, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Hi Protonk, I dropped the ball on this for a while--the idea of going through that entire edit summary search and copy/pasting IPs was daunting. Fortunately, I found a web utility that allowed me to extract them in a few seconds using regular expressions (RegEx). Thankfully, I also found an appropriate IP scraping regex string on the web. because I'm not smart enough to come up with one on my own. Anyhow, here are the various IPs that have polluted the various low profile Disney articles:
So far it's about 30. Interested to see if there's anything you can do about this, as the disruptions do continue. I had to ask for Template:Beauty and the Beast to be indefinitely protected because of this nonsense. Thanks! Cyphoidbomb (talk) 17:19, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Cyphoidbomb. I'll take a look at these and see if I can suggest/implement some range blocks. Protonk (talk) 00:52, 27 October 2014 (UTC)