Vandalism on Wikipedia

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On Wikipedia, vandalism is the result of a user doing bad edits to Wikipedia. Users who do vandalism on Wikipedia are trying to damage Wikipedia on purpose. Vandals are users that do vandalism. Wikipedia does not accept vandalism. Vandals are usually blocked by Wikipedia's admins. Vandalism on Wikipedia is an example of trolling.

Some vandals may add nonsense or joke around in a bad way. Others may try to remove content, or they may replace good content with bad content, such as hyperlinks which can lead to abusive or offensive content. There are some vandals that edit Wikipedia so that they can attack other people or add offensive content. Some vandals try to add intentionally wrong content, called hoaxes, which make Wikipedia look misleading.

Wikipedia tries their best to allow all pages to be edited freely.[1] However, at the same time, Wikipedia must stop vandals from adding false information to Wikipedia because it can give people the wrong idea such as saying a outback town has a Centrelink when they don't, or another important place of business a person needs to visit like a hospital, which creates a promise that make someone go to a certain place only to find out the thing they want is not there, therefore wasting the person's time and possibly endangering them.[1] Because anyone can edit Wikipedia, it is easy for a vandal to destroy a page,[2][3] with the exception of protected pages. Admins can protect a page to prevent some users from editing that page, which can reduce vandalism but also may prevent some good edits. There are some Wikipedia bots that can detect and remove vandalism faster than any human editor.[4]

Some vandalism attempts on Wikipedia have ended up being notable. The Seigenthaler incident was a major incident on Wikipedia that happened in May 2005, because a user wrote false and shameful statements on a biographical article about John Seigenthaler, Sr..[5] There were cases of vandalism that falsely claimed that a celebrity was dead.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Wikipedia testing new method to curb false info". Christian Science Monitor. 25 August 2009. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  2. "Wikipedia tightens editorial rules after complaint – 06 December 2005". New Scientist. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  3. "Wikipedia tightens online rules". BBC News. 6 December 2005. Archived from the original on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
  4. "Meet the 'bots' that edit Wikipedia". BBC News. 25 July 2012. Archived from the original on 16 September 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  5. Seigenthaler, John (29 November 2005). "A false Wikipedia "biography"". USA Today. Archived from the original on 6 January 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  6. "Vandals prompt Wikipedia to ponder editing changes". ABC News. 28 January 2009. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2011.