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The following is a proposed Wikimedia Meta-Wiki guideline. The proposal is in development, it may still be very experimental, not working as currently described or intended, and could be possibly never finalized.

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Meta:Policies and guidelines Meta:Vandalism
This page provides information about vandalism on Meta-Wiki.

Vandalism is any addition, removal, modification of content or any other action consciously and deliberately done to harm the project. Vandalism is not and will not be tolerated. Usual types of vandalism include (but are not limited to) the following: inserting nonsense or gibberish into pages, blanking pages, repeated trolling, personal attacks, harassment, obscenity, removing other users' comments and trying to game the system; among others. The concept of vandalism is not limited to the actions previously mentioned.

It is important to know that every wrong action, if done in good faith, is not vandalism.

If you see a vandalized page at Meta-Wiki, you may try to revert it yourself or, if it is a new page, tagging it with {{delete|Vandalism}}. There are some warning templates that can be used to message the user and ask that user to stop. However the long-standing Meta-Wiki practices is to block obvious and blatant vandals on sight. If you see a vandal you may report the user to Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat so an administrator can take the appropiate measures. Vandal accounts and IP addresses may be blocked by any administrator for any period of time, including forever.[1]

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  1. Although IP addresses are not expected to be blocked forever (except in special cases) to avoid the possibility of blocking legitimate users jumping on dynamic IP addresses, or assignment of a newer IP address.