[WikiEN-l] Should we be declaring war on vandals?
m.g.gallagher at student.canberra.edu.au
Mon Feb 6 12:40:46 UTC 2006
> The Cunctator wrote:
>> [[User:Cool Cat]].
> One person? It seems a more productive path would be to discuss it on
> his talk page rather than discussing it behind his back on the mailing
> list - as far as I know, he's not subscribed.
That is an excellent point --- but it's not just Cool_Cat. In fact
Cool_Cat himself is quite good when it comes to vandals; he's written
the vandalism-sensing bot which I gather is quite useful, raised
awareness of the problem of vandalism, and done other neat stuff that
I'm sure I'd remember if I hadn't just returned from a hard night of
softball. I haven't noticed any harmful interactions between him
personally and vandals.
The problem is that his "war on vandals!" attitude is shared by the
"Counter-Vandalism Unit". Now, CVU boasts quite a few great people, who
are calm and efficient and cluey and would really be doing the same job
whether CVU existed or not. But it *also* includes many newbies who've
arrived, seen an interesting-looking clique, and signed on, jumping into
the vandal-fighting thing without really knowing anything else about
Wikipedia. These people, as well as being bloody annoying when they get
underfoot (such as demanding admins speedy articles or block users on
their say-so, regardless of policy or, more importantly, Common Sense),
are also the ones most likely to bite newbies.
One memorable time --- I have no diff, alas --- I saw a CVU member
berating an anon user for causing "us in CVU" to worry and waste time
dealing with vandalism. Funnily enough, the reason I remember it is
because I got a little irritated that the user in question really
believed CVU was the be-all and end-all of vandalism-fighting
activities, and didn't give a second thought to the whole newbie-biting
stuff of complaining at a user that his vandalism was causing stress.
There's a little newbie-muncher in all of us.
"What? I can't hear you, I've got a banana on my head!"
- Danger Mouse
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