Palo Alto Wiki:Abuse
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Vandalism is any addition, removal, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of Palo Alto Wiki. Misguided efforts to improve the wiki is not vandalism. Nor are any personal beliefs or opinions added unintentionally to an article.
 Types of Vandalism
Blanking - Removing all or significant parts of articles; replacing an entire established article with one's own version. Reasons for these things must be explained in order for them not to be considered vandalism.
Unnecessary and excessive additions - Adding meaningless or repetitive content; adding profanity, graffiti, or random characters; adding new, obviously nonsensical pages. This is not considered vandalism when done by new users who are experimenting with editing or when the addition was not deliberate.
Spam - Adding external links that are irrelevant; advertising one's own Web site.
Intentional deception - Adding misinformation to articles; reverting legitimate edits; moving pages to incorrect or inappropriate names; changing links so they appear the same but lead to incorrect or inapporiate sites.
Abusing others - Adding insults, profanity, etc., to others' User pages; changing others' comments; illegitimately modifying discussions.
Image vandalism - Uploading inappropriate images; using images in disruptive ways; continually uploading a copyrighted image without permission.
Sock-puppets are secondary accounts created by a user. They are generally used to mimic thoughts expressed by the primary account, but do not reveal that the two are one and the same.
 Sock-puppets may not be used to...
- ...deceive others by leaving multiple contribution trails. Sock-puppets allow users to edit from multiple sources so as not to reveal patterns in their contributions histories. An IP address may be considered a sock-puppet if the user has an established account.
- ...circumvent policies and conventions. This includes acting as another party in an edit war or in a discussion.
 Multiple accounts may be used to...
- ...preserve anonymity. If the primary account is identifiable as belonging to someone known within a particular circle, then that person may create another account. For instance, if a user is known to have
- ...avoid assumptions that edits are statements of personal belief. Any user editing an article that is controversial within his/her family, social or professional circle may use a sock-puppet to avoid such accusations.
- ...prevent the hijacking of primary accounts while on computers that may have password-stealing trojans or keyloggers installed.
 Reporting abuse
If you see any abuse:
- Make sure the violations are current and ongoing. Abuse that occurred in the past by a user who is no longer violating policies or who is no longer active should not be reported.
- Leave a polite message on the user's talk page informing them that they are violating policies. Their actions may have been unintentional. Please make sure that violations were made intentionally and deliberately!
- If the user ignores your initial message, leave a sufficient number of warnings.
- If the user ignores your continued warnings and keeps violating policies, you may report the abuse by leaving a message at Pawiki's talk page. The message should consist of a brief description of abuses, the username or IP address, and other pertinent information.