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The official Wikipedia policy defines "vandalism" as follows:
|“||Vandalism is any addition, removal, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of Wikipedia.||”|
— from Wikipedia:Vandalism
This policy is intentionally vague to enable vandal-fighters to deal with any unconstructive edits they find.
Below is a non-exclusive, open-ended list of things that I regard to be irrevocably unconstructive.
If your edit follows the pattern of any of the things listed below, I can assure you I will revert.
- Anything listed on Wikipedia:Vandalism as a common type of vandalism.
- Any edit to an article that contains YOLO.
- Any edit to an article that consists of ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
- Almost any edit that consists of, or has an edit summary with, ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in any namespace (not including short abbreviations or acronyms such as G10, CE, RVV, etc).
- Any edit that consists completely or primarily of swear words.
- Any edit that compares someone or something to a body part below the waist.
- Any edit that says "Bush is teh gay." or something similar.
- Any edit that includes a broad generalization about an elected official. (e.g. XXXXX is the best/worst/most incompetent/whatever)
- Any edit whose edit summary lies. (e.g. saying you corrected a typo when you actually deleted half of the article.)
- Any edit that personally attacks someone or something.
- Any edit that involves a person, place, or thing that is not especially important, or that does not provide enough information to positively identify the subject of the sentence or phrase.
- Any edit, not on a talk page, that apologizes for vandalizing. If you are really sorry, please, just stop.
- Any edit that consists solely of text generated by clicking on the buttons above the editing window.
- Any edits that add external links pointing to the same domain to more than one page in quick succession.
- Any edit that adds defamatory content to a page without including a citation.
- Any edit that uses variants of the word "legend" as a direct object, an adjective, or an adverb.
If after reading this page, you still think that I should not have reverted your edit, feel free to leave me a note on my talk page.
When writing, please remember that, as I am a human being, I am not infallible, and I do make mistakes. For best results, write a clear, concise, and civil note. If possible, include the name of the article you are concerned with. Also, please remember to sign your post with four tildes (~~~~).
Swearing, cursing, and/or attacks will simply be reverted and ignored, and they could even get you blocked from editing.
- Basically, the only time I would not revert is when the edit makes you look so foolish that I decided it is better to just leave the edit so that others may know something about your temperament. You may want to read WP:CIVIL
- For example, "Alice was here", "Joe's Bar serves great food", "Juan Sanchez recently placed fourth in the 9th Annual Fayetteville 5K Run"
- For example:
'''Bold text'''[[Link title]]''Italic text''<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here</nowiki><!-- Comment -->[[Image:Example.jpg]]<sub>Subscript text</sub><ref>Insert footnote text here</ref>and so forth.
- Anyone who actually is a "legend" will be able to back it up. Provide a citation to a reliable source or be reverted.
If you want, you can suggest additions on this page's talk page. If you are a trusted user (I know you know who you are.....), I will probably add them.
Or you can be bold and add them yourself, although I would appreciate if you would suggest on the talk page first.
Please Note: I am watching both this page and the talk page; any vandalism will be ruthlessly removed.
I shamelessly stole this from User:J.delanoy.