User talk:Alan1507

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Fitzharrys School[edit]

Alan Hi! Thanks for your info! The IP address I placed a warning on was, from which occurred 3 acts of vandalism on 24 October 2006, not as advised. The history of the reverts is shown here The action of blocking the IP would only prevent anonymous User editing from the blocked IP address, it would still permit browsing. Notification of edits to articles is virtually instant to editors running VandalProof software. When an edit is from an anonymous IP it warrants a check. The software will advise of any history of previous vandalism from that IP address, and the amount and level of warnings issued. The editor that picked it up would then use their software to examine the article to assess the edit. If it is a Good faith edit it is generally left alone. Blatant vandalism is instantly reverted and a warning given. Where vandalism occurs after a final warning the IP address is transferrred to an admin, at which point a block may be put in place. The editor is also able to further examine the article and revert further vandalism, or do a copyedit as they see fit. My personal preference is to just remove obvious vandalism and render the article to a Neutral Point Of View, and leave the article to be edited by someone with a personal knowledge of the article. The action of placing a warning in the talk page would automatically show the 'New message' box when that IP address linked to wikipedia. Though it should be noted that where a LAN, such as NTL Broadband, is used there could be thousands of users with the same proxy IP Address.

If you take a look at this:- Talk page from a school network proxy server, you will see that vandalism has occurred and was followed up. Eventually resulting in a soft block that will only prevent anonymous users from doing edits, allowing those with personal user accounts still able to edit from the soft blocked IP. In this case I edited the:- User page to advise students of the requirements for further use, as it is the User page that is opened when Wikipedia is entered.

If the Fitzharrys article is constantly vandalised from multiple users on their home PC's, either as an anonymous edit, or via a user account, each occasion will be treated individually, possibly resulting in the blocking of several IP addresses by Wikipedia Administrators. If you wish to keep an eye on the article and revert bad edits, as per the two you did on the 2nd December 2006, click on the 'watch' tab, at the top of the page. Clicking on the 'My Watchlist' option, at any time after you log in, will show the latest edit date, and the User / IP doing it, to that article. Notifying other parents in the School to check their IP addresses will soon ID the errant students and put them off. I have placed the welcome box above to give you some additional speedy links, to the use of Wikipedia and I will place one on the IP address also. I hope that answers your query? Thanks for your help. Richard Harvey 08:27, 3 December 2006 (UTC)