There are basically
to types of vandalism -- manual and automated. Because this wiki is regularly maintained and Admins frquently check the [[Special:RecentChanges]], manual vandalism typically gets taken care of very quickly. What we are more concerned about is vandalism automated by vandalbots. A vandalbot is a script which automatically performs some kind of edit or similar operation to the wiki. Because of the speed with which they work, they can do a lot of damage, and this damage can take time to fix. It is a sad fact that as our traffic and popularity has increased so have the automated attacks.
This page is specificially intended to help you know what to do in case a vandalbot attacks. There are a number of stages to any response.
The first step is notification. If you notice an automated attack
occuring and are not a Sysop, please let one of the [[Special:Listusers/sysop|Sysops]] know immediately, either by leaving a note on their User_talk page, or, for quicker results, by clicking the "E-mail this user" link on their user page.
If you are a Sysop and notice automated vandalism in progress, please ban the user(s) in question, and then send an email to the Sysop mailing list.
'''Nov. 5, 2005''' - Prompted by another attack
, as of November 5, 2005, we've begun using the [http://www.ioerror.us/software/bad-behavior/ Bad Behavior extension] for MediaWiki. We've also instituted open-proxy blocking . Please see [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Proxy_blocking this page] for more information.
Patrolled Edits==One tool which can be helpful for the Sysops in policing the wiki for "ordinary" or manual vandalism, as well as inappropriate additions, etc. is the use of "Patrolled Edits. " You can read more about these [ http: //meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Patrolled_edit here] . When something has been marked as "patrolled, " other sysops can be saved the tedium of redundant inspections.
* http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Vandalbot - MediaWiki discussion of Vandalbots and what to do about them.
* http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Patrolled_edit - An overview of the new "Patrolled Edit" feature.