Halopedia:Education Center for Vandalism

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This page is an official Halopedia policy
Please read through the policy below to familiarize yourself with our common practices and rules.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or complaints, please post them on the talk page.

Welcome to Halopedia's Education Center for Vandalism!

What is Vandalism?[edit]

Vandalism is any addition, removal, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of Halopedia. Anyone who commits such an act is a vandal. Vandalism is prohibited on Halopedia.

There are four mechanisms by which vandals can vandalize:

  • plain-text edits (includes "hidden" vandalism embedded within an article)
  • image uploads/inclusions
  • addition of external links
  • page moves/redirects

Examples of vandalism[edit]

The following list of examples is non-exhaustive:

  • Sexual mentions
  • Racist mentions
  • Making article(s) with offensive name(s)
  • User page blanking/replacement
  • Talk page blanking/replacement
  • Creation of account(s) with offensive name(s)
  • Article blanking - If a user does not understand Halopedia policy and means to delete a page to recreate it, make space for a redirect, etc...
  • Spam - Examples could be advertisement or self-promotion on article namespace pages, etc...
Example: "Come visit my Freewebs site!" on an article
  • Nonsense additions - Adding irrelevant information to an article that in no way pertains to the article. This does not, however, include adding information to a wrong section of an article. Mentioning that SPARTAN-117 was a male in the "references" section would not be construed as vandalism...the sentence should be moved to the appropriate section. This is, however, NOT nonsense. Nonsense is graffiti, etc...
Example: "hax0r 133t pwnz0r ter8t3btqy948y" on an article or "I LOVE YOUUUUUU!" on the Cortana article
  • Abuse of tags - Adding/removing "{{Delete}}", etc...when inappropriate.
Example: adding "{{Delete}}" to the SPARTAN-117 article
  • Modifying user comments
  • Deleted page re-creation
Example: remaking user talk:PENI.S to taunt the vandal

What can I do?[edit]

  1. Leave a message on the vandal's talk page telling them to stop immediately. However, do not provoke the vandal in any way or form, and state it perfunctorily and business-like.
  2. Inform administrators immediately
  3. Administrators should administer a username/IP ban immediately without remonstration with the vandal
  4. Be extremely careful not to mistake inexperience for vandalism! Accusing a user merely unfamiliar with the wiki's functions of deliberate vandalism could be very offensive!

See also[edit]