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Vandalism is the act of editing any Smashpedia article intentionally and especially for the purpose of reflecting the site in a negative light by putting its integrity into question. Vandalism is taken serious on Smashpedia: first-time offenders will almost always receive a stern warning from an authoritative figure, while repeat vandals will be blocked from editing for a period of time as determined by a sysop or bureaucrat.

Vandalism vs. Erroneous editing

Any edit that is considered to have been made to intentionally compromise Smashpedia's integrity is considered an act of vandalism; mistaken edits generally do not fall under this category. In most cases, there is a clear difference between vandalizing an article and inadvertently or unintentionally adding incorrect or inappropriate material. For example, if one were to edit the Mr. Game & Watch (SSBM) article and add a line of text suggesting that Judgment is the most powerful attack in the game (due to the chance of dealing a one-hit KO when performing the move), that would not be considered vandalism; however, an edit of the article to read, "Mr. Gay & Watch is the suckiest character in Melee" quite clearly would be.

Dealing with vandalism

If you encounter a vandalized article on Smashpedia, there are several things that you can do. The most immediate course of action should be to revert any edits to the article that you identify as vandalism. Afterwards, you should send a message to a sysop informing them of the situation (admin noticeboard, a listing of all sysops may be found here).

From there, the sysop can do some investigating of their own to determine if the user warrants blocking. Generally speaking, most suspected vandals usually do end up being blocked for some time, with the more extreme and dedicated among them being blocked indefinitely.

Additionally, if a user whom you suspect may be responsible for vandalism happens to be banned at Smashboards (and you are aware of this), it is recommended that you immediately contact a sysop. More often than not, a banned user who vandalizes on Smashpedia is doing so as a way of "getting back" at the SWF administration; it's best to weed these users out as quickly as possible before they cause extensive trouble.

Quietly deal with vandals


Malicious vandals and trolls feed on attention. Verbal warning and threats will not stop them. Posting on their talk pages when they start only challenges them to keep going, giving them a good time and treating it as a game, trying to bait more of us to flame them. When dealing with disruptive edits, keep in mind the following.

What to do first

  1. Remember to assume good faith when possible. If an IP/account makes a single edit that screws up an article somehow, try to imagine if someone completely new to wiki may have accidentally saved some stuff while experimenting around (or blanking a section, etc.). If so, kindly point them to the Sandbox, and explain how their edits may have been viewed as disruptive. You may also want to point them to the "Show preview" button. This is sufficient for most new users.
  2. If an edit is obviously nonsense or vandalism judging from the language used in the edit, just quietly revert it without making a fuss.

What to do afterwards

  1. If an IP/account is repeatedly making disruptive edits, keep up the reverts, and notify an administrator via the admin noticeboard.
  2. If a vandal starts a discussion in reply to a message to an admin, politely and succinctly explain why the notice is there.

What NOT to do

  1. Do NOT troll the vandal's talk page under ANY circumstances, even if you yourself were a target for vandalism. This only provokes them and brings you down to their level.
  2. Do not dignify those who are trolling with a response at all, even if it is on your own talk page - that is exactly what they wish for. Don't play into their hands.
  3. "Sockpuppetry" - In all but the most obvious cases, treat each IP/account as a unique person. We cannot actually know if they are the same people. A different vandal might simply claim to be the same as the previous vandal just for fun and for the sake of building up a reputation (fame). By treating each IP/account on a case-by-case basis, we rob them of that fun.
  4. Do NOT get into lengthy discussions over whether vandals and trolls can or cannot be banned. If they have a problem, they can contact an admin directly and discuss it.
  5. If you come across a page that is clearly and without any doubt vandalism, spam, or a joke page, immediately tag it with {{d}} and move along. Do NOT create a talk page for it unless the deletion is at all contested, as this will likely just be one more page for a sysop to delete.
  6. Do not go into a debate with other users over any technicality, interpretation, accusation, or any other aspect of a ban - it only serves to create unnecessary drama and give attention to the accused. The admins will examine the evidence presented in the original post or ban tag and make a decision.
  7. Corollary: If you disagree with a ban on someone else, clearly and concisely explain the situation and your point of view in a single post at the admin noticeboard, and leave a note on the banning admin's talk page pointing to your post. If necessary, you may also contact other admins who are online.


  • When reminding other users to QDV, please do so on their own talk page, instead of the (potential) vandal's talk page.

See also

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