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Fighting Vandalism with Vandalfighter

Leader Finne Boonen
Track Technical Infrastructure
License Heckert GNU.png GNU Free Documentation License (details)
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Abstract
Every project has to deal with vandalism to some degree. For some projects, the number of changes can become so big that it is not possible to have all changes checked by individual users. The English Wikipedia, for instance, has peaks where some 100 changes are happening per minute. Coordination is needed to deal with this ever increasing flood of work for the vandal fighters.

Vandalfighter is an external program that track the recent changes. It was originally written by CryptoDerk. It is widely used by people fighting vandalism on several wikipedias. The Research & Development has been turned recently over to Henna. Recently the software has been modularised and language versions became available in Dutch, English, French and Italian. Translations have already been made into French and Italian, and translators are actively searched for.

Vandalfighter's primary purpose is helping wikipedians fight vandalism. Vandalfighter combines the generic recent changes with collaborative vandalism fighting tools like project-specific vandalism-filters.

The presentation at Wikimania 2006 will provide a short introduction to the existing vandalfighting tools. It will give a more in-depth look at what is possible using the vandal fighter tool.

The Q&A will be used to share ideas and see how we can take vandalfighting to the next level.

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