Proposal:Eliminate vandals on sight

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This proposal is associated with the bolded strategic priorities below.

  1. Achieve continued growth in readership
  2. Focus on quality content.
  3. Increase Participation
  4. Stabilize and improve the infrastructure
  5. Encourage Innovation


Vandals are still running rampant through Wikipedia and it must be stopped. Some edits go unnoticed and stay there for a very long time.


My proposal is to stop giving so many chances for vandals to redeem themselves. Once a vandal, always a vandal. Vandals must be blocked on sight.


Every Wikipedian editor would be happy to have less vandals on the street.

Key Questions

The questions are up to the people.

  • Do the current warnings work at dissuading vandalism, and would we lose some editors who we currently give warnings to?
  • How accurate is our spotting of vandalism, and therefore how many innocent users would be blocked for a non vandal edit if everything perceived as vandalism was blockable?

Potential Costs

The cost is free.


Community Discussion

Do you have a thought about this proposal? A suggestion? Discuss this proposal by going to Proposal talk:Eliminate vandals on sight.

Agreed. To allow members of the community with edit above base line ie. 10 to tagged vandal user as vandal, automatically block the IP also for 48 hrs/1 week/1 m0nth if vote count >10/100. Only applicable to normal not sysop to avoid vandal blocking sysop. Yosri 13:47, 20 August 2009 (UTC)

Agreed, However as an IT student I see this potentially raising the administrative overhead, or amount of administrative work, of maintaining the wiki-media projects. I have actually achieved a message manually on my Wikipedia talk page and had my edit flagged by a bot as Vandalism. Most Major Vandalism as it taken care of immediately by wiki-bots, as is the same with other administrative tasks. The most important fact of the matter is people will find a way to do it anyway! --Koman90 03:02, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

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