Wikivoyage:Vandalism in progress

From Wikivoyage
Jump to: navigation, search

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][edit]

Special:Contributions/ And I've asked them to stop, without result. ϒpsilon (talk) 20:29, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

I've applied a three month block as this account is already blocked for longer than one year on Wikipedia - w:Special:Contributions/ -- Ryan • (talk) • 21:16, 9 February 2014 (UTC)


The user was repeatedly trying to advertize business URL's on the WV Main Talk page as well as their own page. I blocked them already for a day, although please let me know if I should not have been too hasty in this instance. Andrewssi2 (talk) 12:55, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

The one thing I'm wondering about is, correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't see any content in Sonika's user talk page. I think it's important to tell this user why their account is being blocked. Ikan Kekek (talk) 13:51, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
Thanks User:Saqib for doing that. I will place a message going forward, although I'm guessing this particular user's motivation wasn't to contribute travel advise. Andrewssi2 (talk) 02:24, 12 February 2014 (UTC)
I agree, but it's still good to give the policy on touting. This wasn't the "YOUUUUUUUUU SUUUUUUUUUUCK" variety of vandalism. Ikan Kekek (talk) 02:56, 12 February 2014 (UTC)


I'm fairly sure we have a commercial vandal on Seminyak: [[1]]

I have reverted their mass deletions and placed a warning on their talk page for now. Would a block be appropriate for further deletion actions? Andrewssi2 (talk) 10:05, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

Absolutely. I have a suspicion, based on circumstances and timing, that this user is User:Leticiaangeline's IP. I strongly urge everyone not to act based on any assumptions. However, if anyone can establish that beyond a reasonable doubt, User:Leticiaangeline should be blocked permanently and his/her remaining villa listing in the Canggu guide should be deleted, with its URL blocked permanently. Ikan Kekek (talk) 10:09, 12 February 2014 (UTC)
I guess someone would have to run an ipcheck against User:Leticiaangeline to be sure. I don't know what the process for that should be. Andrewssi2 (talk) 10:17, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

User:Boeing 737[edit]

Has been blocked for 2 hours. Less than 1 hour from now til block expires. Needs to be blocked immediately if restarts similar activity. Will an admin be watching? I won't be able to. Nurg (talk) 10:49, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Why such a short block? That user created a lot of damage in a short time and should be blocked indefinitely, or at least for 3 months. I'm going to immediately lengthen the block to 24 hours, pending agreement on a longer block, but I'm shocked that the block isn't indefinite. Ikan Kekek (talk) 10:51, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
In my opinion, such vandals should be immediately blocked indefinitely. --Saqib (talk) 10:53, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
I couldn't agree more. That volume, speed, and type of vandalism should incur an indefinite block as quickly as possible. Ikan Kekek (talk) 10:54, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Is an IP block also possible? Andrewssi2 (talk) 10:56, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
When you block a user, you can click "Automatically block the last IP address used by this user, and any subsequent IP addresses they try to edit from". If you mean some kind of range block, I wouldn't know how to do that. Ikan Kekek (talk) 11:00, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
I never blocked a user so I was unaware of that additional functionality. No range block suggestion at this time. Thanks. Andrewssi2 (talk) 11:09, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Indef. ϒpsilon (talk) 11:02, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
I concur. --Glaisher (talk) 11:04, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
So this is unanimous. User:AndreCarrotflower, as the initial blocker, do you dissent? If so, please let us know why. Ikan Kekek (talk) 11:10, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
User:Savh CU'd User:Boeing_737 and told that "he has an account that was blocked indef already". --Saqib (talk) 11:17, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
I indefinitely blocked that account before seeing this discussion. Vandalism-only accounts should be indefinitely blocked per the second bullet point under Wikivoyage:How to handle unwanted edits#User ban. -- Ryan • (talk) • 16:01, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Please block someone like this indefinitely; they are obviously only here to vandalize, and we risk a lot of damage to the site if we do anything less. Also, stewards should be notified as we have had repeated accounts like this showing up crosswiki. --Rschen7754 17:37, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
And also, please, no copy and paste moves, as they damage the page history. --Rschen7754 17:41, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
My two-hour block was predicated on the fact that this user's edits, while high-volume, affected such high-traffic pages that they would be easily found and reverted before too long. Also, it seemed amateurish and childish rather than sophisticated and designed to do lasting damage, which seemed to indicate that 2 hours would be long enough for the user to get bored and turn his attention elsewhere. I was under the mistaken assumption that any longer block would need to be put through Wikivoyage:User ban nominations, and since the vandalism was so rapid-fire, that would not be an ideal course of action. Thankfully, since we haven't had to deal with this particular type of vandalism very often lately, I had forgotten about the text in Wikivoyage:How to handle unwanted edits regarding indefbans for vandalism-only accounts ("blocks of obvious vandals"). My mistake—and to answer Ikan's question, no, I have no objection to indefbanning this moron. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 19:45, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
I think that what we've got on our hands is another Willy wannabe, like our recent friend; see wikipedia:User:Dcoetzee/Willy on Wheels:A Case Study for some of the details. I wouldn't want to say any more publicly for fear of violating of Wikipedia:Don't stuff beans up your nose, Wikipedia:Deny recognition and so forth. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 20:07, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

User: Struggle with Bourgeoise[edit]

  • Hacking and Vandalism noted - my time approx 12:20 AM - Hope this is correct place to report this problem. —The preceding comment was added by Matroc (talkcontribs)
This user is moving pages to improper titles. It looks like a vandalism-only account. Bluemersen (talk) 04:23, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
Blocked the user and spent way too long correcting stuff. Now it's way past my bedtime, and I don't have time to fix whatever has gone wrong at San Francisco. I would appreciate it if someone would have a look please. I have to get to bed. Texugo (talk) 05:15, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
I fixed San Fransisco. (Just undid to the last good version before the attack)
Can we suggest preventing new users from moving pages? I don't think there is a good reason why they should... Andrewssi2 (talk) 06:13, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
There was already a filter in place to prevent new users from moving more than two pages, but this user exploited some limitations with that filter. I've tweaked it to hopefully prevent similar issues in the future. -- Ryan • (talk) • 07:21, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
What I want to know is how the hell this user got autoconfirmed (a requirement for editing the main page). -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 07:39, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
Autoconfirmed status is automatically assigned after an account is old enough: mw:Manual:Autoconfirmed users. -- Ryan • (talk) • 07:43, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
Okay, I see. I had "autoconfirmed" and "autopatroller" mixed up. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 08:20, 26 April 2014 (UTC)[edit]

Special:Contributions/ Just look at the contributions. ϒpsilon (talk) 12:11, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

Blocked for 1 week. We'll see if that's long enough for them to get bored. Ikan Kekek (talk) 12:33, 1 May 2014 (UTC)


Special:Contributions/Joshy3980 has done nothing but vandalize a bunch of pages (all of which have been reverted so far). --Bigpeteb (talk) 14:04, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

Copyright problems[edit]


I noticed this user has been editing WV since last year and has auto-patrolled rights on Russian WV but most of his edits are copyvio. --Saqib (talk) 21:49, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

Not so sure if I'm supposed to reply here. But just for the record, I took that note seriously and will start paying more attention to copyright rules. Thanks Dronych (talk) 23:54, 7 June 2014 (UTC)