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Wikipedia:Counter-Vandalism Unit/Academy

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The CV training program is designed to help new and/or inexperienced users who wish to assist with maintenance tasks to understand the basic principles of countering vandalism on Wikipedia, and to introduce the various 3rd party applications and helper scripts available to users with sufficient experience.

Experienced Wikipedians (or trainers in this instance) can "adopt" newer users, mentoring them along the way as they learn about Counter-Vandalism. It is hoped that this program will be able to inform new users about the ins and outs of vandalism and steer them away from making errors in the use of tools and incorrectly identifying vandalism.

If you are interested in a (sort of) quick guide first, do check out the Anti Vandal centre - you'll see what you're really letting yourself in for!

If you are looking to contribute to Wikipedia but do not intend to remain active in vandalism reversion, then this program is not for you. C-V training is for users who intend to be long-term contributors and members of the community, so if you are simply here to work towards obtaining permission to use various tools that you will not regularly employ, see this page for help instead and do not request training.

Users who are neither new nor inexperienced – but who would still like to help maintain the quality of the encyclopedia might like to consider Patrolling New Pages instead - an essential function that requires a high degree of knowledge of Notability Guidelines and Deletion.

  1. Check that you have already made sufficient mainspace edits (generally around 200) and that you have addressed any previous advice or warnings about your editing.
  2. Find a user who is in your time zone and leave a message on their talk page to request training. If you don't receive a reply within 48 hours, please choose another trainer.



Learning about Counter-Vandalism is easy and fun. If you'd like an experienced user to show you how, simply choose an active trainer from the list who is in your time zone and leave a message on their talk page.

Your chosen trainer should share your interests so that they can comfortably assist you while you learn under their tutelage. For more information on what you will be expected to learn, visit the Syllabus section.


If you are an experienced user and have time to devote to being a trainer, visit the Trainers' resources section where you will find the minimum requirement for trainers, recommended practice, and teaching suggestions and examples. You may then wish to add yourself to the list of active trainers taking note of the page source comments.

You will be interested to know that occasionally some candidates for training may be university professors taking part in the Wikipedia Education Program


If you're new and/or inexperienced, before embarking on a Counter-Vandalism training programme, you should be able to demonstrate that you have already mastered the basic principles of editing the encyclopedia and contributed at least 200 edits to MAINSPACE. If you have previously been warned or requested to follow guidelines, you should have demonstrated that you have addressed these issues.

When you have shown through training that you have mastered the principles of Counter-Vandalism and can apply them with accuracy, and can communicate correctly and effectively with new users of all kinds you may be able to apply for permission to use restricted tools, such as, for example Rollback, and STiki that will enable you to semi-automate the process, while understanding that speed alone is not essential - the target is accuracy. When you have achieved these goals, you can display the {{User CVU0-en}} userbox on your user page.

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