Wikivoyage:Vandalism in progress

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 and patrollers have the rollback tool that enable them to quickly revert edits by a particular user, and admins 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. Archived threads are at Wikivoyage:Vandalism in progress/Archive.

Current alerts

Special:Contributions/2001:4454:607:9400:902E:45D8:9EBC:FDBF

Ban evasion, same person copy and pasting the blocked text Tai123.123 (talk) 05:35, 28 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@SHB2000, I see you're online, they're adding more articles Tai123.123 (talk) 05:43, 28 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Done Was doing some things on Commons, and so wasn't checking RC. Thanks for notifying :) SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 05:48, 28 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for doing the admin actions I can't do. Tai123.123 (talk) 05:51, 28 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Keep in mind that if an admin is not around, you can always ask a global sysop to do it at m:GSR. They'll usually do any non-controversial admin actions. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 05:56, 28 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@SHB2000 Thanks for the tip, I hope to one day become admin so I can do these actions myself Tai123.123 (talk) 06:04, 28 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/2603:8090:609:3BC:70B4:FF07:F9B8:AA6D

Vandalized various talk pages including mine Tai123.123 (talk) 22:11, 2 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

globally blocked by Operator873 SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 02:02, 3 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/182.255.96.130

Vandalised many pages Tai123.123 (talk) 02:53, 15 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Various of his created pages include explict images so be warend Tai123.123 (talk) 02:55, 15 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Blocked by Ikan Kekek. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 06:26, 15 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Rebecca577

Telstra? I can’t tell. --Comment by Selfie City (talk) (contributions) 00:23, 3 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No. This is not his type of edit. Ikan Kekek (talk) 02:01, 3 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
He never does copyediting and the only time where I've seen him do that is in Special:Diff/4403623. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 10:14, 3 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
OK, that’s what I figured. Thanks guys for confirming. --Comment by Selfie City (talk) (contributions) 10:47, 3 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Spambot

Thank you, RC. It's been globally locked.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 19:31, 6 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
No worries ThunderingTyphoons!. Rubbish computer (Ping me or leave a message on my talk page) 19:39, 6 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Nonsense page creator

Blocked and deleted his articles. Thanks for bringing this to our attention before he did more damage. Ground Zero (talk) 04:06, 15 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You're welcome! Roovinn (talk) 05:56, 15 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Vandal

  • Special:Contributions/Camp Lejeune doesn't appear to be here for positive reasons. Roovinn (talk)
    • No. They could be blocked, but I assume it is a throw-away account, whose owner never memorised the password. I don't know whether it is better to block it for the record or not to block it to keep blocking less frequent. Blocking it could block their IP address, which might be useful (if it is their own), useless (if they'll get a new one for their next edits) or harmful (if it is one of a public computer). –LPfi (talk) 10:21, 15 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/216.48.134.140

Vandal running loose on different articles, Ikan blocked the IP they used an hour ago. --Ypsilon (talk) 16:34, 9 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks, LP. :) --Ypsilon (talk) 16:35, 9 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:contributions/Mitchell Haynes run a county line with Bzadowski1

Cross-wiki image vandal. Thanks, Leonidlednev (talk) 15:38, 14 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/2601:204:4100:AC60:C81A:5822:4196:41F0

Creating pages with personal insults. Revdel may be needed. - Klein Muçi (talk) 00:44, 21 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm subscribed for everything

Added penis images to articles and their own user page, and abused rfc. Revdel should be done on the affected articles ASAP. We may need to implement MediaWiki:Bad image list to prevent this from happening again. JsfasdF252 (talk) 05:38, 24 February 2023 (UTC); edited 05:39, 24 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Also, many accounts and an ip have added the same exact offending image to Travellers' pub dozens of times. JsfasdF252 (talk) 05:45, 24 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@JsfasdF252:   Done, global locks requested. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta) 06:29, 24 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Special:Contributions/2601:204:4100:28E0:2487:45CD:8915:5826

This individual created a nonsense page. Please see this: [1] Roovinn (talk) 01:12, 24 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/58.177.112.24

Created a bunch of random articles with content from some weather reports or something, WTF? Ypsilon (talk) 14:34, 25 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

87.43.37.135

Persistent unexplained removal of safety-related content. Unresponsive to warnings. ~~~~ Mako001 (C)  (T)  🇺🇦 11:09, 31 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Special:Contributions/2001:8003:B1B8:BF00:2122:62C0:AF08:C098

Posted a lot of images containing number 643 in Travelers Pub, Destinations, etc. Mrkstvns (talk) 00:03, 10 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Done by Ibaman. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta) 01:38, 10 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/165.155.162.161

Created a nonsensical page. Please see this. Roovinn (talk) 15:06, 25 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Taiwan Pro-Anorexia Network

Appears to be a new handle and has vandalized/spammed multiple articles in the last hour, see Special:Contributions/Taiwan_Pro-Anorexia_Network. JRHorse (talk) 00:22, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Seems to be impersonating WoW. Leonidlednev (talk) 00:39, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I gave a warning message on the talk page, probably way too late for a warning but just my old Wikipedia instincts kicking in I guess. JRHorse (talk) 00:43, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is actually w:WP:LTA/CRZ due to the inclusion of "Fuerdai" in one of their edit summaries. Leonidlednev (talk) 00:44, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Might want to revoke TPA and indef the account since it is an LTA per talk page. Leonidlednev (talk) 00:48, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
At the very least all the articles should be reverted by now... JRHorse (talk) 00:49, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Done. Thank you both for the reverts. Vidimian (talk) 01:02, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Korosh Ardeshir Gabriele Rokni

Long-term abuse: Piermark. Leonidlednev (talk) 23:06, 7 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How do you know? Ikan Kekek (talk) 23:23, 7 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
See this block log: w:Special:Redirect/logid/146595735. Airtransat236 (talk) 23:42, 7 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. Ikan Kekek (talk) 23:52, 7 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Limoserviceinnyc1

Touter/someone here to promote their business. Roovinn (talk) 07:17, 23 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/124.217.189.167

Possible LTA or xwiki abuser. MathXplore (talk) 08:06, 22 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/Yusaya_4522

Repeating test edits etc., possible xwiki abuser. MathXplore (talk) 08:48, 22 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Vielen danke.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 16:31, 23 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/124.217.188.0/23

Cross-wiki abuse and LTA, blocked in zh.wiki, meta, en.wiki, zh-yue and commons, very active, last year have been blocked one month.--MCC214 (talk) 11:16, 22 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/2401:4900:1F33:3D38:FD28:2B0B:51A3:6EC3

Spamming at user page. MathXplore (talk) 05:08, 26 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/Marketingguru786

Possible xwiki spamming. MathXplore (talk) 08:19, 27 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Done. --SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta) 09:37, 27 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

MapleSpam

Long-term abuse (w:WP:LTA/FUERDAI), revdel contribs per WV:DENY. --Leonidlednev (talk) 20:36, 8 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I reverted all edits & gave a one-month ban. Is more needed? Pashley (talk) 21:04, 8 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Changed to indefinite ban. Pashley (talk) 21:08, 8 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/112.198.69.111

Vandalism on the Quezon City page. -TagaSanPedroAko (talk) 03:22, 13 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Not done. IP activity seems to be stale for now; if their activity resumes, give me a ping. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta) 03:30, 13 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/Super 8 tyler motel

User is here to promote a service/attraction. Requesting admin support. Roovinn (talk) 06:10, 24 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Super Mario vandal

Just so you know, there is someone vandalising the United Kingdom page with random Super Mario stuff. The person keeps switching IP addresses whenever he is blocked, so this guy is a really committed vandal. The dog2 (talk) 20:56, 1 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Prodraxis (He\Him)

Imposter, LTA. --Leonidlednev (talk) 02:32, 2 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Special:Contributions/14.0.128.0/17

124.217.188.0/23, ru.wiki, ru wikiquote and zh.wiki blocked, ban in en.wiki, commons blocked /16.--MCC214 (talk) 13:11, 8 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Not done – too large of an IP range. There have been some good edits from this range (back in 2016), so blocking the entire /17 is not the best solution. --SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta) 21:48, 8 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
SHB2000, please re check this case, this LTA continued used this IP range harass admin and steward, such as 14.0.156.230, 14.0.169.27, 14.0.230.38, 14.0.159.119, only this LTA used after 28 July, also, this LTA self-edited and directed in steward talk page.--MCC214 (talk) 07:25, 10 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Also, I request protect User talk:Ikan Kekek, LTA continued cross-wiki troll after this.--MCC214 (talk) 07:40, 10 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What kind of protection? Should I protect my user talk page against edits of non-autoconfirmed users, and if so, for how long? As an admin, I should be available to new users who are not vandals. Ikan Kekek (talk) 09:18, 10 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@MCC214: That's an issue for other wikis, but I'm not blocking >32k IPv4 addresses for a few vandalistic edits – if someone else wants to, they can (and it has been blocked by Johannes89). Likewise, Ikan Kekek can decide for themselves if they want their talk page protected or not. --SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta) 10:06, 10 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

w:WP:LTA/GRP is back on Wikivoyage again

Special:Contributions/197.135.43.114. We can expect them to be ranting on talk pages over the following days and weeks, and sending offensive e-mails to users who have e-mail enabled. Ypsilon (talk) 19:53, 8 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Done – eh, he does this a lot on the other wiki where I have a mop; he'll usually leave after a day or two, FWIW. --SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta) 21:49, 8 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

207.166.54.96

Could someone who is an admin block IP 207.166.54.96 ? They vandalised the Pantanal page, deleting real content and replacing with B.S. I undid their changes to the page, but I don't have the tools to block a vandal. Mrkstvns (talk) 22:10, 3 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Blocked for two hours, I hope that's enough. –LPfi (talk) 22:15, 3 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Renzas36372$

Block evasion by Alexcalitri4. --Leonidlednev (talk) 05:03, 4 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

49.182.151.13

Geolocated this IP and I have a feeling it might be Brendan. FYI, I know nothing about this Brendan guy and what he/she has done. Roovinn (talk) 01:17, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I've done a temporary block. Looks like Brendan. I'll increase the timespan of the block. --Comment by Selfie City (talk) (contributions) 01:25, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

马尔柳丝特1883号

Special:Contributions/马尔柳丝特1883号 is some kind of spambot. Alextejthompson (Ping me or leave a message on my talk page) 15:01, 24 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

211.30.23.199

Special:Contributions/211.30.23.199 geolocates to Australia and I have a feeling it is the infamous Mr. Brendan. Roovinn (talk) 01:13, 30 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

For just a few edits, there is no need to report here. On the other hand, it might be worthwhile checking Special:Contributions/211.30.23.199/20 or somesuch (the "20" tells how many bits of the IP address to use). Most of those are reverted and those not reverted seem fine (I didn't check all of them though). –LPfi (talk) 10:51, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

124.149.143.240

Special:Contributions/211.30.23.199 geolocates to Australia and it might be Brendan. The tags say so. Roovinn (talk) 02:30, 13 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You mean Special:Contributions/124.149.143.240, I assume (see the previous section for the one you linked). As they are tagged, for any patroller to notice, and they are few, I don't see a reason to take any special measures. Just check them and revert if appropriate (see the advice in the lead). –LPfi (talk) 07:41, 13 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Will do. Thanks for the tips. Cheers. Roovinn (talk) 09:35, 13 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Brendan

Brendan is our most persistent vandal, though not a vandalism-as-sport type like Fuerdai, or one of the agenda-obsessed loonies who wants to delete all references to "Great Britain" or some such. He just blithely ignores various WV policies: against copy-and-paste copyright violations, encyclopedic content not relevant in a travel guide, & advice from Captain Obvious.

He was permanently blocked back in 2017. Since then he has been repeatedly turning up on various IP addresses & admins have been playing whack-a-mole reverting edits & blocking those addresses. Neither long-term blocks nor blocks on large IP ranges work well, since they are likely to damage innocent users, so there are many small short-term blocks. I appreciate the effort, but this seems a waste of admin time. Could we make it easier? Three sections above are for possibly-Brendan IPs, & all mention "geolocates to" so people are spending time looking that up. Could we have a bot that tags all edits from certain IP ranges as possibly Brendan, saving people that step & perhaps catching him more often?

Many of his recent edits appear constructive; e.g. see Special:Contributions/2001:8003:E031:9501:19F4:67EE:DD1A:1EE5 where @SHB2000: reverted two apparently-Brendan edits. That was in accord with our policy against block evasion, but both edits were properly-formatted listings with information that looked useful, though likely not essential. If I'd seen them without knowing they were Brendan, I'd have hit "mark as patrolled" without hesitation.

Talking to him & trying to get him to follow policies was of course tried before he was blocked; see User talk:Brendan John Williams. That did not work, but I wonder if it might be tried again. Pashley (talk) 02:11, 26 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

They are a strange contributor in that they seem intent on adding short and pointless (and sometimes just incorrect) edits, and seemingly just don't care that those edits are then immediately removed. If they were willing to discuss then it would be really beneficial to them and us. Andrewssi2 (talk) 04:18, 26 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Pashley, the problem is that he's repeatedly copied and pasted from other sites, so there's no way to have confidence that any substantive edit he makes is not copyright violation. When I like any of his substantive edits, I reword them to guard against copyright violation. In terms of your suggestion of a bot, there is already often a tag that appears on presumptive Brendan edits, stating that they are possibly by him (I forget the exact wording, but I feel sure you've seen it). Ikan Kekek (talk) 04:44, 26 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
+1. The issue isn't really the text he adds, nor is it the lack of communication, but rather the copyright violations. --SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta) 07:10, 26 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Also, an edit filter won't really work as they routinely change their IP ranges and such a tag would almost tag every edit made in SEQ as a Brendan edit. --SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta) 07:12, 26 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is a good example of why Brendan's edits are bad. He just put in that the Blue Mountains have an altitude of 3,900 meters (they are in fact less than 2,000 meters) - they appear to have really no clue of what they are doing Andrewssi2 (talk) 01:24, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you measure the altitude of the Blue Mountains in feet, 3,900 would be close to accurate, not that feet are formally used in measuring altitude in Australia any more. It's not clear if Brendan intentionally gets things wrong or not but I think the current approach is the best course of action. Revert most of his edits and reword the ones which are actually constructive and run the risk of being copyright violations. Gizza (roam) 01:51, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And not altitude – which is not interchangeable with elevation or height. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta) 08:26, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]