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[top]Vandalism Policy

[top]BRWiki definition of vandalism

This is the definition of vandalism for the purposes of this policy:
  1. Removing valid content without explanation or an explanation that makes no sense.
  2. Adding content to this wiki not about or related to [[BRWiki]], Birthright or Dungeons & Dragons.
  3. Pretending to remove other vandalism content in order to prevent cleaning. This includes minor edits or minor removals while leaving a bulk of unwanted content ("spam"), but making a comment as if you removed the unwanted content.
  4. Items listed in the Do not post policy

[top]Cleaning Vandalism

An act of vandalism can be removed or reverted with only a comment in the edit summary identifying the type of vandalism (usually spam, unexplained deletes, etc.). Disagreement with the edit should be posted in the related discussion page. Cleaners will be added to the honorary Cleaners category, unless they request to be removed.

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BEFORE YOU START REVERTING VANDALISM: Please read "About reverting vandalism".

[top]Record of Vandals

Vandals should have their user name added to the known vandals list with a some note on the type or level of vandalism and optionally any cleaning information.

[top]Blocking Vandals

Blocking by an admin will occur after a certain number of acts of vandalism, the length of time will depend on the number of acts, and a note to that effect will be added to known vandals list:
  • If the user is seen to be posting with non-malicious intent, they will get a warning from the admin before a block occurs.
  • If the vandalizing user is obviously controlled by a bot (user), the block will start at 1 year.

# of Acts VandalismBlock Time
1 act7 days (168 hours)
5 acts1 month
10 acts1 year
20 acts
(or more)

For reference you can look at the list of currently blocked users or the log of users who have been blocked.

[top]How to Appeal a Block

Generally there is no recourse to a block, but you could create another user and post an appeal with reasons in the discussion area of the Vandalism policy.

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