User:Dylan620/Adoption/Rkr1991/lesson1

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Fighting vandalism[edit]

What is vandalism?[edit]

Vandalism is the malicious removal or insertion of content in a deliberate attempt to damage Wikipedia. Example diffs include [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], and [6].

How to fight vandalism[edit]

Vandalism can be fought using multiple methods.

  • WP:UNDO - The "Undo" button is the most basic form of fighting vandalism. It can take a few moments to load, and is, AFAIK, the slowest form of reverting vandalism. There is an advantage to the undo button, however; you are able to set your own custom edit summary whenever you use it.
  • WP:TW - Twinkle is a fairly efficient method of fighting vandalism. There are three main settings for reverting content using Twinkle:
    • Rollback (AGF) marks the edit being reverted as made in good faith. This allows you to set a custom edit summary.
    • Rollback is the regular version of Twinkle's reversion feature. It allows you to set a custom edit summary.
    • Rollback (VANDAL) marks the edit being reverted as deliberate vandalism. Unlike the other two Twinkle reversion settings, this version does not allow you to set a custom edit summary.
  • You can enable Twinkle by copying
    importScript('User:AzaToth/twinkle.js');
    
    into your monobook.js. In order to customize Twinkle, please copy down the individual codes shown here.
  • WP:RBK - Rollback is a tool that allows you to revert vandalism with a single click of the mouse. It's a powerful tool, and should be used with caution. It can be tested by new users to the tool at WP:NAS/R. You can request to be granted the rollback tool at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions/Rollback, but be aware that without sufficient vandal-fighting experience, you will likely not be granted the tool.
  • WP:HG - Huggle is one of the most efficient methods of fighting vandalism on all of Wikipedia. An interface individual from that of Wikipedia, Huggle reverts and warns in a single click of the mouse. You will need the rollback user right if you are to be able to download Huggle. Huggle is a very powerful tool, so use it with caution.

Where to find vandalism[edit]

If you want to search for vandalism to revert, it's best to look in Special:RecentChanges.

Vandalism warnings[edit]

  • {{uw-vandalism1}}: General note (usually for a first warning).
  • {{uw-vandalism2}}: Caution (usually for a second warning).
  • {{uw-vandalism3}}: Warning (after user continues vandalism after at least two requests to stop).
  • {{uw-vandalism4}}: Final warning (if the vandal continues to vandalize after this final warning, s/he will be blocked from editing).
  • {{uw-vandalism4im}}: Only warning (if the vandal continues to vandalize after this only warning, s/he will be blocked from editing. Please only issue an only warning to vandals in exceptional situations, such as this).

My recommendations[edit]

While it is entirely optional, I would recommend requesting rollback after about a week (although you can shoot for it in a slightly shorter time span if you wish) of vandal fighting. Just please remember that vandal fighting is DEFINITELY not the only activity you could do; at times during the day, you may wish to fight vandalism, while at other times during the day, you may wish to correct typos or build articles. Good luck, Rkr1991! :D Dylan620 (Toolbox Alpha, Beta) 18:47, 11 July 2009 (UTC)

Comments and/or questions by the adoptee[edit]

Thanks for the lesson. I am about to enable Twinkle, and hope to fight vandalism fruitfully. Rkr1991 (talk) 04:14, 12 July 2009 (UTC) I have just enabled Twinkle... Rkr1991 (talk) 11:28, 12 July 2009 (UTC)