Wikipedia:Teachers can be vandals too

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Attention everyone, for we now have a new category of vandals to deal with: teachers.[1] This comes in addition to the students,[2] curious people, critics, men with big penises and friends of gays; all long-timers in the vandalism trade.

The Loys case[edit]

Let's take a trip to France. In 2010, Loys Bonod, a french teacher, sets out to vandalize the french Wikipedia as part of a broader campaign on a poem by Charles de Vion d'Alibray throughout the internet, including a mock commentary of this poem on two commercial sites. His intention is to trick pupils into reproducing the material in their homework, so he can illustrate his point that 1) pupils are slaves of the internet even when their homework does not request any research (in this case, the commentary of a poem) 2) forums, commercial sites, and Wikipedia are unreliable (and thus shouldn't be used for homework research).

Having conducted his "fun little experiment [sic]" in 2010, he relates it in his blog in 2012,[3] and gets media coverage.[4]

Timeline of the article[edit]

August 2010: signs up as "Doleros"

  • 18 August
    • Change "poet" to "tragedian" by Doleros (edit sum: temporary pedagogic error)
    • Reverted and user warned (no voluntary additions of erroneous material)


September 2010: new account under the name "Justin Delapierre"

I created an account to become a Wikipedia contributor and, to show my credentials, contributed usefully to a few literary articles. I then edited the very succinct Wikipedia biography of Charles de Vion d'Alibray by inserting this little addition: « His renowned and tragic love for Mademoiselle de Beaunais gave from 1636 onward a more lyrical and somber twist to his poetry. »

—Loys, Comment j'ai pourri le web (How i rotted the web)[3]
  • 4 September
    • Addition of erroneous material by Justin Delapierre


March 2012

  • 23 March
    • Addition of a new unsourced paragraph by anonymous editor
  • 24 March
    • Reverted (Our dear vandal teacher has got followers… apparently one teaches best through showing an example…)
    • Re-instated by anonymous editor
    • Reverted
    • Page protected (Voluntary 'pedagogic' vandalism by a teacher on this article…)


April 2012


See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Hopefully not the 403 listed at Category:Wikipedian teachers ;-)
  2. ^ For instance: this edit.
  3. ^ a b Loys Bonod (March 21, 2012). "Comment j'ai pourri le web". la vie moderne.net (in French). Petite expérience amusante sur l'usage du numérique en lettres… 
  4. ^ Through Agence France-Presse, then France TV, Rue 89, Le Temps.ch, 20 Minutes, and more.