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Remember to sign your warning with <code><nowiki>~~~~</nowiki></code>.
Remember to sign your warning with <code><nowiki>~~~~</nowiki></code>.
Use [[vandalism]] warning templates {{Tlx|vandal1|article}} and {{Tlx|vandal2|article}}
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Revision as of 01:14, 28 May 2015

This page has been nominated for deletion. Please contribute on the discussion about this request.

The given reason is: External link spamming is a type of vandalism. Merge into Kerbal Space Program Wiki:Vandalism

Spam is not tolerated in Kerbal Space Program Wiki. If you see spam please undo them, mark spam pages as unwanted, warn the spammer, and report them to sysops if needed. If you are a spammer who was sent here, please read what is not acceptable on this wiki.

There are two kind of spam with different approaches:

  • Newly created pages
  • Editing an existing article

After taking care of spam, please warn the spammer at their user talk page, or report them to a sysop if needed.

Identifying spam

Spam pages or edits appear in the following forms:

  • Nonsense (duh!)
  • Spamming links to external websites
  • Advertising or promoting

Newly created pages

When a spam page is newly created the best way to handle it, is to replace the complete text with {{Delete|Spam}}. Replacing the complete text is important to prevent search bots to index the page's content. And if it wasn't spam, the previous status is still available in the page history.

Hopefully an sysop will delete the page and block the user.

Editing an existing article

To fight spam in existing articles simply undo the changes. In the page history there is an undo link after each edit which redirects to the editor with the page prior to this edit. Adding a short notice in the summary and clicking Save page removes the spam entry. Unfortunately this doesn't remove the spam entirely, as both edits – the spam and the revert – are visible in the page history, but at least the page itself is then spam free. This is also completely possible without being a sysop.

Warning the spammer

Spammers should be warned with the appropriate template. Remember to sign your warning with ~~~~.

Use vandalism warning templates {{vandal1|article}} and {{vandal2|article}}