On Thu, 19 Oct 2006 09:30:49 -0500, "Parker Peters"
> Not really. Page blanking is counted as simple
> for use of rollback. We really mustn't lose sight of the fact that
> this is the only instance thus far presented where page blanking
> without summaries by a new account with no other edits was anything
> other than vandalism. Is it really so hard for a new user to find out
> how to correct a problem, contact the office, attract attention or in
> some other way fix the issue? It may be that it is.
It is. Nobody bothered sending a welcome message, or
any other form of
talkpage message, to the user. Nothing was generated automatically to help
them become an effective editor or help them learn now to work within the
So, based on your review of all the new accounts which have started
off with page blanking, how many have you discovered that have gone on
to be valuable contributors? How many are drive-bys? How many are
subsequently blocked as vandalism-only accounts?
"Hard cases make bad law".
And it's poor attitudes like yours that I've
been seeing for the past few
months that make our problems worse. Instead of taking two minutes to look
at the reason for an action, instead of assuming good faith, you just go off
on your "vandal-fighting" attitude where all ill-advised behavior and
collateral damage is OK in the name of "fighting vandals".
Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to patronise
Is vandalism a significant problem on Wikipdeia? Yes. Is reversion
of valid blanking by accounts newly registered to fix a problem, but
without the knowledge to comment, request help elsewhere, or include
an edit summary, a significant problem on Wikipedia? We have, to
date, one example. Let's try to maintain a sense of proportion, shall
we? Bear in mind that I actually take the time to userfy egregious
vanity from single purpose accounts if the username matches the
subject, because in the end newbies *do* matter, but demanding that
every vandalism edit be accompanied by the planting of a shrubbery on
the user's Talk page does not seem to be based on any realistic
assessment of the problem. I'd have no problem with the vandalbots
doing this automagically, but I'm not intending to bother just yet.
With over ten thousand articles on my watchlist, many of them vandal
magnets, I really don't see it as a productive use of my time. Feel
free to sue me.