Wikipedia:Counter-Vandalism Unit/Vandalism studies

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CVU Vandalism Studies (talk)
Study 1 (talk) (finished)
Study 2 (talk) (never finished)
Obama article study (talk) (never finished)
Study 3 (suggest ideas!) (In Planning)
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Researching Wikipedia
The motivation of a vandal


The Vandalism Studies project is a portion of the Counter-Vandalism Unit designated to conduct research related to unconstructive edits on Wikipedia. The project covers all vandalism on Wikipedia. If you'd like to get involved, please add your name to the Members list, below!


(in reverse chronological order)

Study Status
Study 3 (suggest ideas) Discussion ongoing...
, but planned for November
Obama article study (talk page) N Stale
Study 2 (talk page) N Not done and not likely to be done
Study 1 (talk page)  Done


Please add your name to the bottom of the list if you would like to be involved in the Vandalism Studies!

(This will also add you to our talk page mailing list - if you don't want to receive messages, please say so!)
List of members
  1. Theopolisme (talk · contribs) - CVUA Co-coordinator
  2. Chip123456 (talk · contribs) - CVUA instructor
  3. Riley Huntley (talk · contribs) - CVUA instructor and SWMT member
  4. West.andrew.g (talk · contribs) STiki developer; academic research on anti-vandalism
  5. Matthewrbowker (talk · contribs) Willing to help
  6. C.S.Abishek (talk · contribs) Anti-Vandal-Martinet in the making
  7. Aetheling (talk · contribs) Planning to replicate and extend my earlier research.
  8. Remember (talk · contribs) Glad to see that someone is resurrecting this project. Not sure if I have a lot of time to help, but I will do what I can.
  9. Djjazzyb (talk · contribs) Willing to do anything I can to help out.
  10. MJ94 (talk · contribs) I'll help in any way possible.
  11. Achowat (talk · contribs)
  12. Jayemd (talk · contribs)
  13. Zhaofeng Li (talk · contribs) I'll try my best to help.
  14. Activism1234 (talk · contribs) - recently joined the unit
  15. Coolg863 (talk · contribs) I would like to help out however I can.
  16. This lousy T-shirt (talk · contribs) You might need the help and insight that I can provide.  :)
  17. Adamstraw99 (talk · contribs) want to join
  18. Zaldax (talk · contribs) I wouldn't mind helping out.
  19. Uploadvirus (talk · contribs) Research ... YUMMY!
  20. Ace of Spades (talk · contribs)
  21. Ásvaldr Petia Viator Dara (talk · contribs)
  22. Anti-Quasar (talk · contribs) I would like to help out that I can...
  23. Arun sharma 101 (talk · contribs) I will be happy if I can do something
  24. Harsh_2580 (talk · contribs) want to join :)
  25. Electriccatfish2 (talk · contribs)
  26. Thomas85753 (talk · contribs) I'll help in any way I can! I would not like to receive messages.
  27. Torreslfchero (talk · contribs)
  28. Egeymi (talk · contribs) I would to join
  29. Mdann52 (talk · contribs) CVUA instructor
  30. Joeyjimenez (talk · contribs) I would like to join
  31. Juristicweb (talk · contribs) I'd like to join
  32. Cyrax Cyborg (talk · contribs) I love to combat vandalism
  33. Ioscat (talk · contribs) Used to create pointless pages, wish I never had. Wan't to help out now and stop vandals and trolls :)
  34. Mojoworker (talk · contribs)
  35. Altaïr (talk · contribs) Of course, it's gonna benefit Wikipedia in the end. Happy to sign up.
  36. Stausifr (talk · contribs)
  37. AdventurousSquirrel (talk · contribs) I've been working to combat vandalism where I can for a while now so it makes sense to join on here.
  38. Cskcsk (talk · contribs) Count me in!
  39. AlexJFox (talk · contribs) I'm in!
  40. Vertium (talk · contribs) Sounds like fun!
  41. xtraelv (talk · contribs)
  42. Jr_johnstone (talk · contribs)
  43. NitRav (talk · contribs) Reporting Sir!
  44. Sutton Shin (talk · contribs) I HATE trolls.
  45. Sahirshah (talk · contribs)
  46. kirananils (talk · contribs) I would like to join
  47. CHCSPrefect (talk · contribs) I made this account to stop Vandalism coming out of my school's IP Address, this is what this account was made for, something like this is where I belong!
  48. Hairrr (talk · contribs) Of course!
  49. Shaun9876 (talk · contribs) Lets Go!
  50. AJackl (talk · contribs) This is important...
  51. Rushbugled13 (talk · contribs) I wish to help maintain the reliability of Wikipedia as a resource, and vandalism is a large problem with respect to reliability.
  52. Pratyya Ghosh (talk · contribs)
  53. Stainedclasssinner (talk · contribs)
  54. SergeantHippyZombie (talk · contribs) I like seeing funny wandalism and then erasing it.
  55. Spindocter123 (talk · contribs) I will be willing to help out in any way that I can!
  56. Epicgenius (talk · contribs) Of course, I don't really like vandalism in the first place...
  57. Akifumii (talk · contribs) Experience in reverting vandalism on other websites. Looking forward to research.
  58. Param Mudgal (talk · contribs) Willing to help.
  59. MusikAnimal (talk · contribs) Primarily using edit filters to study patterns/trends
  60. Asdklf; (talk · contribs)
  61. Horse Dancing (talk · contribs) Specially interested in vandalism to Native American and history topics
  62. William2001 (talk · contribs) I will be happy to join and help out!
  63. JustBerry (talk · contribs)
  64. ZLEA (talk · contribs)
  65. Dan Koehl (talk · contribs) Fighting vandalism with STiki and Huggle.

Open tasks[edit]

  • Begin formulating ideas and topics to research for "Study 3" (discuss now!)
  • Discuss what research needs to be conducted and what would be good metrics to gather.
  • Add thoughts/contribute to any of the completed studies. (Study 1, Study 2, Obama article study)

Research questions[edit]

These are some preliminary questions may stimulate future studies. Not all questions may be answerable, so think of it more as a brainstorming section.

Wikipedia vandalism studies outside of this project[edit]