[WikiEN-l] The Counter Vandalism Unit? Whaa?

Brock Batsell wikipedia at theskeptik.com
Fri Feb 3 19:29:57 UTC 2006

On Feb 3, 2006, at 1:05 PM, Stan Shebs wrote:

> The Cunctator wrote:
>> Wikipedia's still great, I love it, but really. The Wikipedia Counter
>> Vandalism Unit?
> Do you even look at RC, and not just work on one or two articles?
> Vandalism is coming in the top, sides, bottom, front, and back, and
> it's sucking up editor time that should be spent on actual content.
> It's not just the popular GWB or the less-obvious-but-still-popular
> "poop deck" that are the targets; there are hundreds of vandals
> bashing on completely random pages, and inserting subtle errors as
> well as obvious ones. As I mentioned on this mailing list not long
> ago, a vandal erased a random chunk of an article while I wasn't
> looking, the fair-use images in that part were declared orphans
> and then deleted, all before I got back from vacation (good thing I
> had my own backups).
> If you have a solution that's not based on wishful thinking,
> convince us that it's workable; in the meantime, please stop
> throwing rocks at the people who are trying to keep this place
> from turning into a graffiti-covered restroom.
> Stan

I was going to write a reply earlier, but decided to hold off on the  
off chance I might become uncivil.  Thankfully, you summed up my  
feelings quite nicely, Stan.  Many thanks.

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