Last modified: 2009-02-03 05:35:15 UTC
Quoting Tim Starling from wikitech-l:
> I'm surprised it hasn't been said yet, but the classic wiki solution to page
> move vandalism is not to put up barriers to making contributions, but rather
> to make vandalism easier to revert. I made a "revert" link in the page move
> log a while back, but a lot of people don't know about it, and it's far from
> ideal. What we really need is a big list of checkboxes on the user
> contribution page, with a "select all" box. Click select all, click revert,
> job done. The function would be restricted in the same way as rollback. With
> the 1.5 schema, moving pages is quite a fast operation, similar to editing.
> Throttling is necessary to prevent extremely high request rate attacks, but
> it should be set to a level that won't inconvenience regular users. The
> UserThrottle extension can be adapted for this purpose.
> If you can't revert page moves in a shorter time than it takes to perform
> them in the first place, then there's a problem with our user interface.
The ideal should be that even *non*-admins should be able to revert any moves as
quickly and easily as they can revert edits; unfortunately, this is tricky due
to the possibility of making edits to the redirect page after the move. Tim's
idea about a "revert all contribs" button would work very nicely, given also bug
3185: a few clicks and no trace left of the vandalism. It would also not
restrict legitimate users, as bug 1454 would.
== Please help with page move vandalism ==
I’m a sysop on several wikis. Rollback is helpful against edit vandalism. I suspect when vandals discover that sysops can revert edit vandalism in less time than it takes them to do the vandalism this discourages them.
Reverting page move vandalism is much slower and more frustrating. Earlier this week yet another account by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Abuse_reports/Grawp_IPs Grawp] appeared on a wiki that I try to protect. Grawp boasted, “It took me a quarter of an hour to do this. It will take you three quarters of an hour to undo it." I checked in Recent Changes. Grawp had done all that page move vandalism in a quarter of an hour. It did take me three quarters of an hour to sort it out.
Can you boffins develop a way of reverting page move vandalism faster. This is a continual problem for very many wikis.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 4433 ***