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Just useful info and workarounds...

Confirmed Bugs[edit]

These bugs are ones that the devs are aware of - please don't report them again, unless you have more information to add. Just because a bug is listed here does not mean that a fix is being worked on.

  • Only '0's appearing in the +/- column of recent changes

Fixed Bugs[edit]

Note: only bugs that are fixed in the current version of Vandal proof are in these archives.

VP 1.36 - odd behaviour rolling back diffs[edit]

If I try to rollback a diff, VP tries to open an article with the title of the name of the last editor, and doesn't roll back. So, if IP vandalizes, and I click on rollback, VP tries to open an article called, which doesn't exist, obviously. Messages seem to get added to the IP's talk page, though. Advice please. Mr Stephen 09:01, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Copied in the new bug system. Snowolf (talk) CON COI - 11:17, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
When does this happen? What feed are you using? Is it only specific articles, or all of them? More info needed. Ale_Jrbtalk 13:41, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
I start up VP, then click on "Update List" on the "My Watchlist tab. The list populates. I find an unwanted edit (except in VP the diff is of the "diff=cur&oldid=prev" form, but it doesn't seem to make any difference). I click on "Rollback" and up comes (in this case) "editing", and then a page like this appears. Today is the forst time I've ever seen a problem like this. Regards, Mr Stephen 14:05, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
PS. RSS feed. All settings 'out of the box'. Mr Stephen 14:07, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
I don't have the problem. Could a non-admin try it as well? Prodego talk 14:31, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
same prob here from a non-admin. the_undertow talk 22:36, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Do you only have the problem when you use the watchlist? Or is Recent Changes effected as well? Prodego talk 23:06, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

i have the problem with both. my theory is that i am part of some conspiracy that is bigger than you or me. however, it may just be a coding error. the_undertow talk 23:53, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
I have this same problem, but only on the simple rollback button, with no warnings. The rollbacks accompanied by warnings work fine. Someguy1221 19:52, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
I just realized they all aren't working. My preferences are set to prompt me on entering a blank edit summary, and for some reason stops me from editing even though VP enters one automatically, but VP doesn't display the prompt. It makes the edits to talk pages, but not to actual articles, not sure why. I think I fixed it just by disabling the prompts, but it still annoys me that I can't use that feature of wikipedia. However, I'm not sure if this is the same problem the rest of you have, or if this is more a bug with wikipedia than VP.Someguy1221 19:57, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
Damnit, still doesn't work. I give up. Someguy1221 20:00, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
There is a theory this may be based on processing limitations. Take a look at the Bug tracker, and report if this is not the case for you. Prodego talk 20:10, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
I am also having this problem. I tried to get to the bug tracker, but it is asking for a login which I don't have. --After Midnight 0001 23:51, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Just follow the log-in link and either create an account or log in as guest. Unfortunately none of our developers have been able to replicate the bug, and it's only being reported by a few people. I'm currently trying to ascertain what's causing it; however, I've had no luck this far. A few bits of information that may help us: What operating system are you using? What version of Internet Explorer are you using? Do you have javascript enabled or disabled in IE? What Wikipedia skin are you using? What Wikipedia editing preferences do you have set? (Use external editor, editor toolbar enabled/disabled, prompt for blank summary, etc.) What Wikipedia scripts do you have installed? Did you have this problem in earlier versions or only in 1.36? Any further information that can be provided will help us a lot in diagnosing this problem. AmiDaniel (talk) 00:24, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
Registered and posted.... --After Midnight 0001 01:55, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

v1.36 problem: RSS does not update anything newer than 2 and 1/2 hours ago....[edit]

When I press Update it always updated the same RSS info from 2 and 1/2 hours ago, 10:xx GMT. I have to use the normal feed now. ~~ AVTN Speak2Me 11:29, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Confirmed. Snowolf (talk) CON COI - 11:39, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
Is this issue still present? I tested on XP a few moments agi and all was fine. Martinp23 13:08, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
Any issues to do with what the RSS feed displays is to do with Wikipedia, and cannot be controlled by us. If it chooses not to update, we can't force it. Even so, I can't say I have ever experienced this problem. Is it still happening? Ale_Jrbtalk 13:45, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
It does sometimes happen when the database is locked, or about to be. The feed seems to be fine ATM. Mr Stephen 13:51, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
Well, if the database is locked, clearly no edits can be committed, so nothing will be added to recent changes ... AmiDaniel (talk) 00:08, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
It appears to me that the problem is perhaps with the update button... when pressing update (manually), the window cycles, but the same list appears. However, rebooting the program clears the issue, so I don't think it's a RSS feed issue. Philippe 03:36, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
It happens to me at all times, whether I have it update it every 5 seconds, ten seconds, fifteen seconds, and manually. It just shows the same feed over and over again... Sirkadtalksign 23:32, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Try this. Someguy1221 (talk) 23:39, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

"Script error"[edit]


My vandal proof seems to work fine, however, whenever I click on almost any link I get the following error message:

"Internet Explorer script error"

An error has occurred on a script on this page.

Line: 57 Char: 6 Error: Unexpected call to method or property access Code: 0 URL: (Whatever the URL of the page I was trying to access was.)

Do you wish to continue running scripts on this page?

The title of this page is an internet explorer error (despite the fact that I use firefox), which seems odd.

The pages load fine, and everything else works, it is just that clicking yes on all of these error messages gets *very* annoying.


Ninja! 21:50, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Ditto. Getting exactly the same thing. Gets somewhat irritating after about 20 seconds. Any help much appreciated. LibLord 22:07, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Go to and download AmiDaniel's program that closes IE script errors automatically. Run it whenever you're using VP and they won't show up. Or, disable any non-IE compatible scripts in your monobook.js using the following code:
/*#### This area contains scripts only for Firefox ####*/
var detect = navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase();
var IE;
var place = detect.indexOf('msie') + 1;
if (place) IE=true;
if (!IE) {

/* Put all scripts you want disabled only in Internet Explorer in this area. */

Either one of these will remove those annoying messages. Pyrospirit Flames Fire 22:33, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Awesome, thanks a lot! LibLord 12:17, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
Awsome, this fixed it. Only problem I have now is using VP on the computers I use during the day (see next thread) Ninja! 21:12, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Hi, I have the same problem, and I downloaded "AutoClose ScriptError" for Vandal Proof, but apparently the problem remains... What should I do? I open the program before opening VP, and I let it run while I attempt to view diff pages on VP, but apparently it doesn't change anything... What do I do wrong? Zouavman Le Zouave (Talk to me!) 12:54, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Tried running the above addition to monobook.js, but Twinkle is still running. I'm assuming the scripts to be disabled should be contained within the above code? DarkAudit 16:13, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
    • Help:
/*#### This area contains scripts only for Firefox ####*/
var detect = navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase();
var IE;
var place = detect.indexOf('msie') + 1;
if (place) IE=true;
if (!IE) {

/* What do I put here? */

I looked in various monobooks and couldn't find any examples of it. thesublime514talk • 05:25, July 7, 2007 (UTC)

 Done Corrupt list?[edit]

I tried to sign in to VP for the first time in a couple of weeks, and is says: "The user list is corrupt. Please contact a moderator to have it repaired." Erm... explanations, anyone? ≈ The Haunted Angel 17:05, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

If you are getting this error, you are not running the latest version of VandalProof. Ensure you are running version 1.36. You may need to be reapproved. Ale_Jrbtalk 17:07, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
Ah alright, thanks a lot ^_^ ≈ The Haunted Angel 17:18, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

"Runtime error"[edit]

Okay, this is another error I'm getting. I haven't had a chance to test VP with scripts disabled/warnings supressed on my home computer, but from other computers I get a "Runtime error" on "Line 56" whenever I click practically anything. It seems to work fine, but as before, the popups are becoming quite a pain. Thanks in advance, again, Ninja! 13:05, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Oh, and another note. The computer's im trying to use VP on during the day are on a shared network, don't know if this could cause problems or not. Ninja! 13:05, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Well, maybe you should disable JS in IE, like I did. Snowolf (talk) CON COI - 21:42, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
Oops I see that you already know that. Let's wait for the devs than. Snowolf (talk) CON COI - 21:43, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Is it a Runtime Error or a Internet Explorer Script Error? If it's a script error, you may trying clearing your IE temporary internet files and cookies, disabling js (as you stated you already have), and removing any Wikipedia scripts you have installed. If all else fails, try downloading the hacky CloseScriptErr.exe from and running it alongside VP, which will prevent script errors from being displayed. AmiDaniel (talk) 00:27, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

No, its a runtime error. "A runtime error has occured. Do you wish to debug?" The error is on "Line 56" Ninja! 21:27, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

I'm also recieving a runtime errors, and have done twice now. The last one said something about a shared resource being used, and then closed VP once I clicked OK. -Panser Born- (talk) 14:53, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

double "welcome" in the anon template[edit]

When I use the anon template on someone. I get a ==Welcome== added, while there is allready that mention in the template itself, which end by having to remove that mention manually. Sadly I didn't found in the custombuttons.txt how to remove that unwanted additions.

Same. Tiddly-Tom 12:15, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Recent Changes updating[edit]

When I press the 'update' button to update the recent changes tracker, it often does not properly update the recent changes tracker at all. I tried modifying my settings in Internet Explorer, but that does not help. ThePointblank 02:46, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Also another bug I am encountering is that VP is not picking up previous warnings given to a person, especially IP vandals, which leads me to often give a test 1 warning instead of an more appropriate higher level warning. ThePointblank 02:51, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Same here. I'm always getting the same recent changes list from 5 minutes ago when I click the "Update" button. Even restarting doesn't help. Is there a bug in the RSS feed, like "time limit exceeded" or something? ~~Eugene2x Sign here ~~ 20:04, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

Contributions vandalism revert error.[edit]

When I was searching through a users contributions on VP 1.36 (the new one), I reverted multiple vandalisms and found that all VP did was post a warning but fail to revert the vandalisms. Could you please fix this? As I ended up warning User_talk: twice for his vandalism but not reverting. ~~ AVTN T CVPS 09:21, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

Sounds like this. Mr Stephen 22:18, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

(Very minor) Typo in the about box.[edit]

Hi, just a quick heads up in case his hasn't been reported yet: 'language' in the Help/About window is misspelled. Cheers, -- Seed 2.0 22:19, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

VP can't read some characters?[edit]

When I linked to a diff in the page Svetlana Ražnatović vandal proof would not load page history, and mistakenly reported that the most recent editor was the page's only editor, which was not true. After trying to rollback, VP failed to rollback, and posted an incorrect message on the vandal's talk page identifying the vandalized page as Svetlana Ražnatović. Someguy1221 09:43, 28 April 2007 (UTC)

uw-af1 -> uw-afd1[edit]

In the preset for the rollback template the uw-af1 has to be changed. Because it is not functional right now.

Update List doesn't update the list ![edit]

After downloading VP 1.36 ... getting all the script errors ... and downloading the app to suppress them, I've logged in and I have a blank list under the My Watchlist tab. I push "Update List", and there is a brief flurry of suppressed script errors, and then ... nothing. The list is still blank. I'm using XP Professional if that makes a difference. Is this a bug, or am I doing something wrong? --Stephen Burnett 19:26, 15 May 2007 (UTC)

Hmmm. I really liked the idea of what this software could do for me, and I was looking forward to using it. Unfortunately though it either doesn't work for me or I don't understand it properly. I am going to regard it as a work in progress, and give up on it for now. --Stephen Burnett 11:13, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Similar Errors[edit]

I am getting tons of script errors and after going back to check my revisions, they havent rolled the page back at all, the user has received the warning but there is no rv to the page. Plm209 (talk contribs count) 18:58, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

Strange thing happened when I tried to file a report on an IP vandal[edit]

When I first tried to file a WP:AIV report on an IP vandal for repeatedly deleting content from an article, I had a message blocking me from filing the report from Vandal Proof. But, the message had nothing to do with the program. Instead, the message indicated that spam was being blocked. I tried again to repeat the progress, and I got the same message. So, because I could not file the report directly from Vandal Proof, I manually filed the vandalism report by going to the AIV page. lwalt 08:06, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

AMENDING EARLIER RESPONSE. I also spoke with another editor who was online doing vandal patrol at the same time as me. From what this person says, the problem comes from a different source, which the user pointed out in his response to me. lwalt 08:45, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
== Is it me...or Vandal Proof? ==
I noted your comments on the Pamantasan article about something to do with a spam problem. Did you have a message that mentioned blocking spam while you used Vandal Proof for vandal patrol? I'm having that same problem, and I posted this information on a forum about this issue. lwalt
I'm not using VandalProof, the problem is with the spam blacklist here, something appears to be wrong with it and it is blocking links to external sites that it shouldn't. I replaced the page with an {{inuse}} tag due to the vandalism on it and removed the links affected- I am unsure if the problem is fixed yet. GDonato (talk) 08:19, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

So, for all intents and purposes, you can ignore this request, based on the response I received from another editor about the spam list interference. lwalt 18:00, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Scripting error[edit]

I saw the same errors during the last run of Vandal Proof, but didn't catch the messages that appeared on screen. During my current run, the same scripting message appeared with the following text:


A Runtime Error has occurred. Do you wish to Debug?

Line 98 Error: "link.href" is null or not an object.

Hopefully, this information helps to pinpoint where the scripting problem. lwalt 22:22, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

User list corrupt again[edit]

User list is corrupt again, maybe just for me. I've rebumped a topic on the bug checker. Mouse Nightshirt | talk 16:54, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

Fixed now, thanks! Mouse Nightshirt | talk 18:08, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
Struck again >.< Mouse Nightshirt | talk 17:37, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

Corrupt again. Stephen Kirrage talk - contribs 13:42, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

It's still not working.--Katieh5584 15:08, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

Hey guys/gals, I just got a notice that the user list is corrupt for VandalProof and will not let me sign on. The notice says to contact a VandalProff moderator. Congratulations….I picked you. Let me know what you need me to do. Have a great day. • ShoesssS Talk

It should be fixed now. «Snowolf How can I help?» 19:57, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Corrupt again ;) Benbread 01:07, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

+/- column not working in Recent Changes (v 1.36)[edit]

I have just downloaded VP Version 1.36, and under the Recent Changes tab I am not able to get the =/- column to display anything but 0 or all articles. What is with this and can it be fixed soon? --Willy No1lakersfan (Talk - Contribs) 14:40, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

This is a confirmed bug. No fix date. Ale_Jrbtalk 15:32, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

Runtime error line 384, get can't enough of them![edit]

Hello there, I've launched the script-blocker thingy, but the runtime error messages keep appearing. Any suggestion? Cheers - Imoeng 07:49, 26 May 2007 (UTC)

Duplicate sentence in talk-1 warning[edit]

From a recent warning that I posted on User talk: using VP's automation

Please do not add unhelpful and unconstructive content to Wikipedia, as you did to Talk:McDonald's. Your edits appear to be vandalism and have been reverted. If you would like to experiment, please use the sandbox. Thank you. A link to the edit I have reverted can be found here: link. If you believe this edit should not have been reverted, please contact me. A link to the edit I have reverted can be found here: link. If you believe this edit should not have been reverted, please contact me. • master_sonTalk - Edits 01:43, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

The text in bold is an exact duplicate of the text immediately preceeding it. • master_sonTalk - Edits 02:15, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

Update not Working[edit]

I have to press update about 10 times, to get it to update.--Katieh5584 17:14, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

Same here, its extremely annoying. The Sunshine Man 14:50, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

Revert Problem[edit]

VandalProof isn't reverting the page. When I click "Rollback- Vandal 1" all it does it warn the vandal but it doesn't revert his vandalism; I have to do it manually. Does anybody know what the problem could be? When I try and rollback an edit that doesn't merit a warning to the editor, it takes me the user's page and doesn't do anything to the article itself. This is my first time using the updated version of VP, is there something that I am doing wrong? Thanks. Wikipediarules2221 01:40, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

I doubt if you're doing anything wrong. It sounds like this problem. Mr Stephen 22:18, 27 April 2007 (UTC) 10 June 2007

Keeps logging me out, or won't let me log in at all[edit]

My IP is not static. So I have to use the secure pages on WP to keep from getting logged out. The earlier versions of VP mostly kept me logged in, but would sometimes sign me out if I clicked out any further than one or two links from the Recent Changes view. Now, it won't let me log in at all. I sign in with my username and password, and it changes to my IP and then says I'm not authorized. Argh. - Kathryn NicDhàna 04:06, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

Same here. I use a wireless connection, and VP does not work. Argh, indeed. Neranei T/C 01:10, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Error line 884 in current version VP1.3.6[edit]

New system install, no reason to believe anything is present that would cause problems, using WinXP SP2 up to date.

On first running VP1.3.6, I got an error (see inset, Image:VP Bug(1)-FT2.png) "Runtime error line 884, expected identifier, string, or number". Letting the debugger run, gave the remainer of that screenshot, as you can see.

I closed the debugger, on the basis perhaps it wasn't really having a problem, but on attempting to access "import/export lists" the same error did happen: Image:VP-Bug 2.png.

FT2 (Talk | email) 14:46, 5 July 2007 (UTC)

Automated GlobalBL dump?[edit]

Anybody mind taking a look over here, as well? User_talk:AmiDaniel/VP/Discuss#Ack.21_Little_help_please_:.29   j    talk   04:44, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

Cannot log into VP[edit]

I was recently approved to use VP and after downloading and installing VP, when I tried to log in I was told that I was not approved to use VP. I would appreciate any help in this matter.--Just James T/C 11:56, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

Java Script Error[edit]

When ever i go to a new page, or click a button, a java error comes up saying: Line: 887 Error: Expected identifier, string or number

Then it askes me if i would like to continue, it does it three (3) times in before letting me view the page. Tiptoety 02:44, 4 August 2007 (UTC)

VP sometimes mis-writes accented letters[edit]

Not often but sometimes, and unpredictably, so I can't reproduce at will, when posting a warning comment on a vandal's Talk page, and the Article being referenced contains an accented letter, it replaces it by some other character, or pair of characters as if it was not using the the same encoding (maybe that is the problem?). It happened today with a warning I posted on a change to Kaká where the last "á" got garbled. I had to manually edit the entry and repost. Alexf(t/c) 00:02, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

I was just about to report this problem. Résumé was a problem, too. The warning message's article link was Résumé instead. Jauerback 14:30, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

Rollback/warn problem[edit]

Just a short while ago I started experiencing a problem with rollback, when rolling back it rolls back the last edit, but identifies the edit before the one I'm rolling back as the one being rolled back: [1]. If I use one of the rollback and warn buttons, it warns the wrong editor, it will warn the editor who made the edit before the one I'm rolling back.[2], [3] Dreadstar 20:02, 4 September 2007 (UTC)

I starting having the exact same problem about 15 minutes ago. I'm experiencing it with versions 1.3.5 and 1.3.6 Someguy1221 21:32, 4 September 2007 (UTC)
Me three. Using v 1.3.6 I just had to apologize and remove vandal warning messages posted to the wrong people - one of them an Admin :( Alexf(Talk/Contribs) 21:42, 4 September 2007 (UTC)
Same problem here with version 1.3.6, which in turn led me to warn myself after this revert. --Michael Greiner 02:47, 5 September 2007 (UTC)
Yep, this is happening to everyone. The correct edit actually gets reverted, but the warning gets posted to the user who edited right before the vandal. The edit summaries are also incorrect. shoeofdeath 05:47, 5 September 2007 (UTC)
Someguy1221 has added this issue to the VP Bug Tracker. Now I'm getting yelled at by users who think I've accused them of vandalism just because their name showed up in the edit summary - without even having a warning posted on their page... <sigh> Dreadstar 05:56, 5 September 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, that as me. Sorry about that. Clashwho 07:45, 5 September 2007 (UTC)
Me too having the same problem.....the vandal edit gets reverted but in the summary it shows "Reverted edit by XYZ" where XYZ is the name of user who edited b4 the vandal user.....anyone knows how to fix this???? Gprince007 07:49, 6 September 2007 (UTC)
Me too. It caused quite a mess for me. I spent a great deal of time apologizing to editors for misplaced warnings. For the interim - until this bug is fixed - I am using WP:TWINKLE... but it does lack a lot of the cool features of VP. -- Levine2112 discuss 08:13, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

I'll have a look into this when I get the chance. I'm incredibly busy at the moment, however, so it might be a little while. Ale_Jrbtalk 12:18, 7 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks! I now realize how much I use, depend on, our little VP...! ;) Dreadstar 10:14, 8 September 2007 (UTC)
Same problem here and I'm also getting the notice that a newer version of VP is available when I start it up. When I click the update button, it stops responding and I have to terminate it through the Windows Task Manager. Both things have just begun happening the last couple of days. --Sanfranman59 01:48, 16 September 2007 (UTC)
Same problem here, any idea when it might be sorted, as it appears that no one can use it at the moment, am I right? Tiddly-Tom 12:19, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
Yes, I doubt that VandalProof is usable right now. I'm using TWINKLE until they get their crap together. Oh, I also have that update problem. Just another bug in a sea of them. —Signed by KoЯnfan71 My Talk Sign Here! 23:31, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
If it's so crap, why not just stay with Twinkle? In which case, why post at all? Seems more than a little counter-intuitive to me. Ale_Jrbtalk 15:07, 1 October 2007 (UTC)
I tried to use TWINKLE, but it also has problems. I have stopped using both and just doing everything manually. VP is a superior program as soon as the few bugs are fixed. --Storm Rider (talk) 15:15, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

After Bug Fix[edit]

Similar problem after bug fix. If the previous edit summary had a link to a user it it, the VP gets confused! Please be careful when reverting! Tiddly-Tom 06:20, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

Vandal proof reads the talk page and places warnngs on the reverted to not the reverted from user[edit]

Tried re-downloading and it still does that. Cheers, :) Dlohcierekim 18:47, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

Oh, see the section above. Cheers, :) Dlohcierekim 18:48, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

Notice of newer version[edit]

I currently have 1.3.6; however, when I start VP I get a notice that I do not have the most current version. I click upgrade and VP freezes. Any thoughts? --Storm Rider (talk) 20:42, 11 September 2007 (UTC)

Same here. This started yesterday. I also have 1.3.6 and the problem with warnings to the wrong page mentioned above. I tried update and it froze. I now click "continue" and use VP to see post diffs but do manuak reverts until system is fixed. Alexf(Talk/Contribs) 20:46, 11 September 2007 (UTC)
This is due to a change with Wikipedia's coding and will be fixed in a hotfix coming as soon as I get round to it.
By the way, if anyone reading this knows why I am repeatedly getting an error in IE when viewing Wikipedia (the green-coloured header with text saying "The Wikimedia Foundation servers are currently experiencing technical difficulties." and so on, please enlighten me as to how to fix it...) Ale_Jrbtalk 20:49, 11 September 2007 (UTC)
Nope. I access it with IE from work, and with FireFox from home and don't see that problem. I assume that VP uses the IE ActiveX (I may be wrong), in which case you might see it from VP also, but I don't. Alexf(Talk/Contribs) 21:00, 11 September 2007 (UTC)
That's exactly the problem. I can;t use IE to view Wikipedia full stop, which means I can't debug VP. Which is a bit of an issue. I don't get it with Firefox, or with IE anywhere else. :( Ale_Jrbtalk 21:35, 11 September 2007 (UTC)
IE6 or IE7? Prodego talk 01:41, 12 September 2007 (UTC)
7. Ale_Jrbtalk 15:07, 12 September 2007 (UTC)
Hmm, reinstall IE? Prodego talk 19:42, 12 September 2007 (UTC)
Tried it. I'm stuck, really... Ale_Jrbtalk 21:34, 12 September 2007 (UTC)
Try the secure server. Prodego talk 21:45, 12 September 2007 (UTC)
Yep, the secure server works fine. Doesn't help much with VP, though. Ale_Jrbtalk 15:23, 13 September 2007 (UTC)
A picture of the error can be seen here: [4]. Ale_Jrbtalk 15:37, 13 September 2007 (UTC)
I've seen this error in IE6 at work a couple of times in the past week. Waiting a minute or two and retrying went through without a problem. Not much help, I know. :( Alexf(Talk/Contribs) 18:06, 13 September 2007 (UTC)
Oh I know. I can bypass it just by hard refreshing the page. However, there are some pages in VP that can't be refreshed (when it is auto-saving an edit for example) and this makes it very hard to debug. =/ Ale_Jrbtalk 18:49, 13 September 2007 (UTC)
Try asking brion or tim, this could be a wide spread problem. Prodego talk 19:43, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

User list corrupt?[edit]

Version 1.3.6, besides all the other known problems reported above, has today become unusable for me. When I press "verify authorization", I get "The user list is corrupt. Please contact a moderator to have it repaired." Anybody else seeing this? Alexf(Talk/Contribs) 22:47, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

I just tried to log in and got the exact same problem. Someguy1221 01:41, 17 September 2007 (UTC)
This one has been fixed. Alexf(Talk/Contribs) 21:37, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

Corrupt list again, 7/20/07[edit]

I got a notice tonight that the user list is corrupt again; can someone correct it? --Storm Rider (talk) 02:39, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

I saw it too early this morning. Alexf(Talk/Contribs) 09:33, 21 September 2007 (UTC)
Same here. Can't log in. Wikidudeman (talk) 17:44, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

Recent Changes won't work[edit]

I keep on getting the same list of recent changes every time I use the Recent Changes function. Marlith T/C 02:46, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

How long are you waiting? Sometimes there just aren't any edits for a few minutes, especially if you are hiding logged in edits. Also, have you seen the FAQ? User_talk:AmiDaniel/VP/FAQ (P.S. I'm not a VP moderater, just a user.) RainbowOfLight Talk 07:22, 24 September 2007 (UTC)
Quite a few miniutes. Marlith T/C 04:04, 25 September 2007 (UTC)
Huh. Now I'm having the same problem, off and on. RainbowOfLight Talk 05:44, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Accusing wrong users of vandalism...[edit]

I noticed this, which says Reverted edits by Andrew c (talk) to last revision (159947490) by using VP and thought for a second "why was I reverted?". When I looked at the history more closely, I noticed that I wasn't revert at all. It was the anon who was reverted. Just thought I'd mention that if that edit summary was generated automatically, there was an error some place.-Andrew c [talk] 14:46, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

It's a known bug, reported above in Rollback/warn problem Alexf(Talk/Contribs) 14:54, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Great tool, but a projection of functionality?[edit]

People, I commend everyone associated with the creation of this tool. Its flexibility and unending number of abilities is outstanding; however, the length of time to get a fix is frustrating. I understand that the principle of, "you get what you paid for" is applicable here and that creators don't have an unlimited amount of time to correct a tool which provides no remuneration. However, being given a projection when you think the bugs will be corrected would be helpful. Maybe it is naive to think that is possible, if so, please overlook my ignorance; if not, please provide a time frame you think is realistic? Until then I will reluctantly stop using this excellent tool. --Storm Rider (talk) 16:20, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

I think (I'm not sure) that AmiDaniel is working more on WikiMonitor now, his newer program. I don't like it as much as VP, although I know it is beta software. I would like VP to be improved too... if only I was a programmer. RainbowOfLight Talk 05:48, 27 September 2007 (UTC)
Should we install Wikimonitor instead of VP? Does it do the same things? --Storm Rider (talk) 21:45, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
AmiDaniel is, at the moment, almost totally inactive with regard to these projects (at least online, anyway). WikiMonitor is his newest endeavour, while I am in charge of maintaining VandalProof. A bug-fix release of VP has been released, which fixes most current issues, but can only be published on his say-so - by contract - and I have been unable to contact him through all usual channels. That's the current situation.
As for the future, at the moment, WikiMonitor is more stable. VandalProof was built originally as a simple rollback tool, and is now bloated, highly unmanageable, written in an outdated language, full of parts that don't work properly or at all, and just very old-fashioned. WikiMonitor is built using the same language, but is a much cleaner piece of software, and actually does what it is meant to. I am working on a total rebuild of VandalProof, from the ground up, rewriting everything from scratch, using the most up-to-date software available, but this takes huge amounts of time, and that's time I just don't have at the moment. I work on it when I get round to it, but that really isn't often. Hopefully, that summary will put things into perspective. My hands are tied on this one, and even if they weren't, I don't know how different things would be. Ale_Jrbtalk 22:03, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
Thanks Ale for an honest answer. We'll have to wait and see then. At the moment I'm using VP as a browser/diff viewer and doing the reverts manually as I do not trust the auto-function not to warn the wrong user and create embarrassment. Please keep us informed of progress. Cheers! Alexf(Talk/Contribs) 22:08, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
I'll get him. Prodego talk 22:11, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
This is valuable information. I am completely impressed with what VandalProof attempts to do and just as frustrated that it does not function properly. My recommendation is to immediately stop accepting new editors to use thi program.
I wish there was some way that I could lend Ale a hand, but programming is beyond my skillset. I assume that rewriting a program from scratch, particularly one as versatile as VandalProof, is complicated. I appreciate all your work; my thanks to your efforts to make Wikipedia a better service.
As an aside, I made the unfortunate choice of using WP:Twinkle, but it has just as many problems also. I have since deleted both of these programs until something comes along that functions properly. Please keep me posted. Cheers. --Storm Rider (talk) 23:56, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
Thanks, Ale_jrb for an honest answer Tiddly-Tom 12:25, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
The update should be availible very soon. Prodego talk 02:17, 2 October 2007 (UTC)


It's corrupt again. Marlith T/C 04:12, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

It's apparently fixed, because it's working for me now. RainbowOfLight Talk 05:47, 27 September 2007 (UTC)
Not working here. --GW_SimulationsUser Page | Talk 20:21, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
The list isn't corrupt. I've fixed it on 12:35, 26 September 2007. Snowolf How can I help? 20:25, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
Well when I clicked the "verify authorisation" button, I got a messagebox saying "the user list is corrupt. Please contact a moderator to have it repaired". --GW_SimulationsUser Page | Talk 20:29, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
I have just checked by running it, it's working as usual. Maybe it's something with your IE cache. Snowolf How can I help? 21:58, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
Unlikely. It happened the first time I tried to use it on this PC. I'll try purging it anyway, but I'll do that later. --GW_SimulationsUser Page | Talk 22:05, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
It's still corrupt. ChrischTalk 04:33, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
No its not. Try clearing your cache. Ale_Jrbtalk 10:10, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
I have cleared the cache about 5 times, still nothing. It doesn't work on my other PC either. In an effort to diagnose the problem, I tried running VP 1.2.2, and that let me log in (althought nothing else worked, and I got a message saying that I needed to upgrade). Any ideas? --GW_SimulationsUser Page | Talk 11:48, 7 October 2007 (UTC)
I seem to have found the problem. When I downloaded it, I must have clicked the wrong link, and not noticed. Tried reinstallinge (the correct file this time) and it works. Sorry for any inconvinience caused. --GW_SimulationsUser Page | Talk 11:52, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Bugfix release: 1.3.7[edit]

I've made the version 1.3.7 release available for download. This is strictly a bugfix release. Special thanks to Alex for his patch. If you encounter any problems, please contact Alex or report it to . Thanks for your patience. AmiDaniel (talk) 02:25, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

For everyone who just downloaded this, the RSS feed doesn't work (for some people, at least) in 1.3.7 (you have to close and reopen the program to update it). This has already been reported to the bugs website. You can make VP functional in the meantime by enabling "normal feed" (file>Feeds and Prefs>Normal feed>Enable normal feed). This feed loads the entire article you're viewing, so it can take much longer to view diffs, and it doesn't support color coding or filtering, but it's usable. However, I would still like to thank AmiDaniel and Alex (I guess, mostly) for finally ending my VP withdrawl :-D Someguy1221 07:21, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

Possible bug[edit]

I am not sure if this is a bug or a request for an upgrade. Recently I have been bumping up against Cluebot and other vandalism tools where both of us are reverting at the same time. What genearlly happens is VP will move from the article and post a warning on the offending editor's page; unfortunately, two warnings are the result for the same offense. Is there any way for the program to acknowledge a conflict and not post a warning? Any help would be very helpful. Thanks.

BTW, I really do enjoy using this tool! Though I have ended up with posting a few warnings to the wrong editor page, it is sporadic and happens rarely relative to the number of edits I have been doing. Your work is greatly appreciated. --Storm Rider (talk) 21:33, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

I can't update[edit]

Whenever I click on Update on RC it won't work. Marlith T/C 02:24, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

See if this helps. Someguy1221 02:28, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
Are you using the RSS feed? Snowolf How can I help? 12:31, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

{{edit summary}} [edit]

I'm not sure if this is a wikipedia error or VP, but the format of this doesn't seem to coming out right. It's been a few days since I used it, but if I remember right, there needs to be carriage return placed after the first line for this to appear correctly. Jauerback 14:35, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

Incorrect user warned[edit]

For some reason whenever I am viewing a Diff it shows the status of the user who edited prior to the current editor. For instance if it's a vandal, it for some reason shows the stats of the editor who edited before the vandal opposed to the vandal and when I rollback as a vandal, it wars the editor who edited prior to the vandal editing and it doesn't warn the vandal. Wikidudeman (talk) 19:42, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

What version of VP are you running? 1.36 and below have this problem for many users, but not version 1.37, unless you're just the first one to report it. Someguy1221 19:47, 5 November 2007 (UTC)
I had the old version. I'm going to download the new one. That's what the problem was. Wikidudeman (talk) 19:51, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

1.3.7 problem[edit]

I posted this in the forums and no one answered me. I downloaded version 1.3.7 and it's still identifying as 1.3.6. Also, it's having a hard time getting updates (it gets the same updates time and time again), and even though I have it set to update every 30 seconds, it's updating much faster, at every 10 seconds. RainbowOfLight Talk 01:36, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

I've had the same problems with fetching updates. To get new updates, I have to restart the program. I also haven't been able to update my vandalism stats for many months. I think VP2 is being worked on, though, so VP1.37 probably isn't getting as much attention. Tuvok[T@lk/Improve me] 02:00, 15 November 2007 (UTC)
Did you make sure to place the 1.3.7 files in the 1.3.6 folder? It should identify itself as 1.361 once loaded, and make sure it's not this problem. Someguy1221 03:12, 15 November 2007 (UTC)
Oh. Well, it's a little silly to call it 1.3.7 and have it identify as, but I guess I understand. Still, I've enabled the Normal Feed, and I don't get any results at all in the list of recent changes in the program. RainbowOfLight Talk 03:24, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

Can't Log In[edit]

I have been approved, and I have downloaded the newest version of VP (the 1.3.6 zip and 1.3.7 exe), and once I open the exe, I type in my information, click "Log into WP", it'll show my cursor as loading for a few seconds, then the Username, Password and Privileges (saying that I have none) are all greyed out and the "Verify Authorization" button becomes active and once I click it, nothing happens. Please advise. - zachinthebox (UserTalk) 17:04, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

Recent Changes[edit]

Hello all, the problem just started today where Recent Changes with Enabled Normal Feeds will not update. In fact the page remains blank. Using 1.361 version. Is this operator error :-) or are others experiencing this also? Thanks. Shoessss |  Chat  18:57, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

Never mind...Just came back. Shoessss |  Chat  18:59, 26 January 2008 (UTC)
Normal feeds have never worked on my computer. RainbowOfLight Talk 21:14, 27 January 2008 (UTC)
Maybe this is why it doesn't always work. -Vcelloho (talk) 02:10, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

Not able to log in[edit]

I havent been able to log in to Vandal Proof since this morning. Whenever I give my login id and password and click login into VP, the username which I've typed gets replaced by my IP address and when I click 'Verify Authorization' I get the message that I am not permitted to use this software.-Ravichandar 04:13, 17 February 2008 (UTC)

Here too. E Wing (talk) 02:48, 4 May 2008 (UTC)


My VandalProof is saying that the user list is corrupt. -- P.B. Pilhet 18:30, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

There's a system breaking bug - VP is disabled until further notice. Cheers, Ale_Jrbtalk 18:44, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

Does nothing[edit]

I apologize in advance if this question seems silly, but...

When I click "Verify Authorization", it does nothing. I've been hearing all about these "VP is disabled" notices and I was wondering, if this is due to said disabling, is there a way to be notified of VP's (dis/en)ablings? Two One Six Five Five τ ʃ 20:21, 7 March 2008 (UTC)

Hmm, I have this problem too. It won't even allow me to log in. Do I need Net 2.0 or something? FusionMix 11:53, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

IP contributions not showing[edit]

Hello! I have a problem viewing the IP contibutions. When I go to the contribs tab, enter an IP as user and press "load contribs", a window appears saying retrieving contributions, but none appear. Contributions for registered users work perfect, but in order to view IP contributions it is necessary to use the browser window. I'm not sure if this is a known bug, or if I'm the only one getting it.

Oh, and also if I right click on the contribs window when it's empty, an error appears saying "Run-time error '91': Object variable or With block variable not set" and VP closes. Any suggestions on this one?

Just in case, I use Windows XP SP2 and Internet Explorer 7. I have only used VP version 1.38, so I don't know if I'd have had the same errors on earlier versions.  ARTYOM  21:07, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

Hmmm... I'll have a look into this :). Ale_Jrbtalk 21:47, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

User list is corrupt[edit]

I've attempted to download the newest version and continue to receive the following message: "The user list is corrupt. Please contact a moderator to repair it". Only it doesn't explain who would be a moderator to inform.Netkinetic (t/c/@) 17:13, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

Only new pages showing[edit]

I tried to use VP 1.38 for the first time in a while, and for some reason only new pages are showing in the recent changes...Someguy1221 (talk) 21:57, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

I'm using VP 1.38 and I can't get anything to show up in the recent changes, neither using the normal feed nor the RSS feed. RainbowOfLight Talk 01:01, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
Hm. Working for me right now...Someguy1221 (talk) 03:43, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
Still nothing for me. I even tried removing all the 1.36 files and completely replacing them with the 1.38 files. RainbowOfLight Talk 21:08, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

Bug: The username you're trying to connect with is not approved to use Vandal Proof[edit]

Hello. I gets this error message everytime i try to login with the VP v138. Any chances to be fixed?--KaragouniS :  Chat  07:46, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

Vandal Proof wont login.[edit]

I downloaded vandal proof but it wont let me log in. I enterd my wiki username and password but VandalProof Just stayed at the login box, it did not do anything. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Dwayneflanders (talkcontribs) 21:38, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

Login rights to VandalProof stopped being issued last year, as this program has been made obsolete by huggle. Cheers. Someguy1221 (talk) 22:49, 14 September 2009 (UTC)