Wikivoyage:Vandalism in progress

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Please read Project:How to handle unwanted edits to understand what is vandalism to Wikivoyage.

Anyone can help handle unwanted edits on Wikivoyage. A couple of bad edits can be reverted quickly and easily by the first person to see them. See How to revert a page to see how to do this yourself.

However, administrators have some tools that enable them to quickly revert edits by a particular user, and also to temporarily block repeat offenders. Use this page when you need assistance from an administrator, for example when vandalism is occurring at a rapid rate or over an extended period of time. Or even if you have been managing a vandalism attack but are now going offline.

Please list the IP address or user name (use the format [[Special:Contributions/Username|Username]] or [[Special:Contributions/IP Address|IP Address]] as the header), pages touched and damage done. Sign your name using ~~~~ after your report. Put the person's IP or username in the edit summary.

See also Project:User ban nominations.

Current alerts[edit]

User: See Incheon history and User talk: If this vandal continues their nonsense while I'm asleep, please block it. Thanks. Ikan Kekek (talk) 09:46, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

And now User:Sadsacgfg. See Incheon history again. I'd consider any of this user's edits suspect. Ikan Kekek (talk) 10:13, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Looking at it with #cvn-wikivoyage connect, I can revert (with global-rollback) but I cannot block. Anyway apparently he stopped. — Revi 11:35, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
We're here to block User:-revi. --Saqib (talk) 12:01, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
I know, but he stopped after the warning so no need to block! :) — Revi 16:12, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
So, this vandal is at large again and gave him/herself an award.--ϒpsilon (talk) 13:59, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
Looking at this user's global contributions, he or she has racked up a pretty extensive track record of crosswiki vandalism. Accordingly, I blocked User: for a year and User:Sadsacgfg indefinitely per Ikan's directive above as well as the "obvious vandal" clause of Wikivoyage:How to handle unwanted edits#User ban. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 14:30, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! ϒpsilon (talk) 14:34, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
Just FYI, looks like he moved to Korean Wikivoyage test project on incubator. (sulutil:Sadsacgfg) And his patterns on incubator suggests me of LTA(LongTerm Abuse) who was sleeping. So if you encounter this type of vandal, please let me know and I'll check out. — Revi 16:18, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

New as of 2/17/2015[edit]

User:Metalmanx has been blocked indefinitely, but please watch every other newly registered user closely. I suspect at least all those ending in "x" of being likely to vandalize numerous articles until blocked, just as this vandal did. Ikan Kekek (talk) 00:56, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

User:Airman1 has also been blocked indefinitely. Watch all newly-registered users, please. I've gotta go. Ikan Kekek (talk) 00:58, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Bubbleman1 as well, although I'm sure it has been noticed. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 01:08, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Rocky in Brockton[edit]

An IP-user with different IP numbers starting with 172... thinks our guide to Brockton and its talk page absolutely must include some messy babble about the movie Rocky and boxing. The user has created Talk:Brockton with the same stuff three times, as Special:Log/delete shows. Saqib protected the talk page, and what does the user? They started having fun with the article itself. This looks like a quite persistent vandal, so I'm starting a little thread here to make everyone aware of that we have such an unfortunate user on board right now. ϒpsilon (talk) 15:47, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

All IP's have been blocked for a day. --Saqib (talk) 16:09, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
Page has been semiprotected for one week (autoconfirmed users only). -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 16:19, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
After more random vandalism, I created a filter temporarily that will hopefully dissuade them. I can delete the filter after a while. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 21:18, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
That didn't take long --Andrewssi2 (talk) 21:32, 24 February 2015 (UTC)


See user contributions. It looks like the filter that covers Australia needs to be tweaked again. Ikan Kekek (talk) 10:56, 10 April 2015 (UTC)

Now blocked for 1 month, but the filter still needs editing. Ikan Kekek (talk) 04:43, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

More CNN Deltalina vandalism[edit]

It looks like the CNN Deltalina vandal is back at the Tourist Office. When I noticed the vandalism, I took a look at the abuse filter we set up and sure enough, as I had predicted he would, as soon as the vandal realized he tripped the filter he modified the wording of his comment to evade it. I widened the dragnet quite a bit, but given his pattern of behavior it seems to me there's a good chance we're dealing with an experienced user of wikis who knows how abuse filters work, in which case I think we might need to explore an IP rangeblock. Let's keep an eye open for further incidents. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 02:19, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Side note: let's please avoid using unnecessary profanity in edit summaries. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 02:23, 11 April 2015 (UTC)
You might want to have a look at the 'Rocky' filter which was rather successful last week in preventing that person's vandalism (multiple attempts from multiple IPs). Would not just blocking the term 'deltina' work in this case? --Andrewssi2 (talk) 05:37, 11 April 2015 (UTC)
I changed the edit filter. You might want to have a look at what it blocks now. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 05:39, 11 April 2015 (UTC)
Testing your changes, it seems today's edits by the vandal would have been caught. Lets hope no more changes are needed for next time :) --Andrewssi2 (talk) 10:11, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

User: or "Rhodesia"[edit]

Would somebody kindly lock down the Zimbabwe article for a while and/or block this vandal? ϒpsilon (talk) 14:31, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Yes Done -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 14:35, 19 April 2015 (UTC)


Nothing needs to be done at the moment, but I would like you to take note of this, please. This user is developing a pattern of harassing admins s/he has for no good reason decided to be angry at, for making completely normal edits according to Wikivoyage:Policies and the guidelines of good and consistent editing, as those of you who have kept track of their user talk page and contributions are aware. See also the history of my user talk page, and even more seriously, this edit to my user page. So I'm just noting this for the record, in case further action becomes necessary. I plan on continuing to revert non-constructive edits to my user talk page from this individual for the time being and I am not yet suggesting any blocks, though when I examine the record, it appears that there is already a sound basis for a short one, if anyone chose to impose it. I'll also note that this user publicly "resigned", yet has continued to post, including these non-constructive posts to my user talk page, to which I have made no reply except "Happy trails". I think we all recognize the personality we're dealing with. Ikan Kekek (talk) 01:34, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

I don't see any recent vandalism from this user (the one instance you linked is from February). This is a user with clear article ownership issues, and a failure to understand that changes to his/her edits are not to be taken personally, but that is not the same thing as vandalism. Furthermore, I think the warnings that were just posted on his/her talk page are over-the-top and needlessly antagonistic. Powers (talk) 13:35, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
I believe that this user is vandalizing my user talk page by posting sniping comments that I am not replying to and see no reason to keep on that page, and there was a previous instance of vandalizing my user page. I will say nothing about the messages that were posted on his user talk page except that I have not asked anyone to post such messages, and they have drawn their own conclusions, which not too surprisingly, are different from yours. I recall that you've always (or nearly always?) wanted to give problematic users more chances than most other admins, so this disagreement would be true to form. And I think it's OK that you disagree about them. But either way, I think it's important to document this history, and even if most of it is not vandalistic, I don't know where else would be a better place than here. Ikan Kekek (talk) 14:29, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
If we do have room for uncivil people here on Wikivoyage, then by all means, please go ahead and remove the warning message that I placed on User:DAZ14LPA user talk page. --Saqib (talk) 14:46, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
Agreed with Saqib - the overarching issue here is one of civility, not vandalism. Perhaps this issue would be better handled at Wikivoyage:User ban nominations, but to deny that there is a serious problem or minimize it to a relatively innocuous "article ownership issue", as Powers does above, is not IMO the right approach. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 14:54, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
I think the responses to this user have served to exacerbate the problem rather than resolve it. Users like this need guidance, not to simply be told 'this is the way it is; figure out how to edit properly and maybe we'll tolerate you'. I got good results with a couple of carefully worded explanations. Powers (talk) 19:25, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
And at any rate, there is certainly not an ongoing problem with vandalism here. Incivility, yes, but they are not the same thing. Powers (talk) 19:26, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
There's certainly a learning curve for newbies that old-timers like us should be patient about, but we should not have to patiently explain to them why they shouldn't call other users idiots. Nowhere else in life is that kind of conduct acceptable, so why should we assume good faith when they bring it here? -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 20:27, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
Powers, it was precisely because of my attempts to give him guidance that he got increasingly hostile toward me. You can review the record. He never had to "figure out how to edit"; I gave him lots of guidance, with links to policy pages, on what to do and what not to do. He's being supplicatory now, which is unnecessary. I hope he can simply be cooperative, like almost everyone else who posts here. Ikan Kekek (talk) 20:36, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
Having looked at the edits on Ikan's talk page, I would say this user falls under the same category as 118NZ . Obviously taking everything very personally, with the latest comment getting uncomfortably close to a real world threat. Many of us have tried to positively engage and it doesn't seem to be helping in the slightest.
We can keep trying to provide guidance, but we also need to maintain civility as AndreCarrotflower says. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 21:29, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the support, but what latest comment? I've never felt any threat from him. Ikan Kekek (talk) 21:34, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
It wasn't explicit. "Thanks a bunch for helping me set the record straight, IK. PS, I owe you." reads rather creepy to me. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 22:08, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
I thought it was strange, but I didn't feel threatened. Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:06, 26 April 2015 (UTC)