Tolkien Wiki Vandalism
|October 08, 2004|
Last wednesday, October 06, our TolkienWiki was for the first time subject to an act of vandalism. Someone using the name PeterSmith? (the one used as an example in the Preferences page) "cleared" the Sandbox and deleted the MessageBoard, stating
(cf. Archive MessageBoard, Rev. 1.385 and Archive Sandbox, Rev. 1.35)
- "The MessageBoard has been deleted, due to bandwidth problems. -- Walter"
This person used an AOL account and has been reading the TolkienWiki for quite a while now, but has not edited any pages before last wednesday. All actions of this person have been logged and will be preserved.
So far not much damage has been done, but other - maybe even more annoying - actions of this person or others might follow, thus I think we should begin to think about possible reactions to this form of vandalism.
I am looking for suggestions, ideas and maybe further know-how...
There have been quite a lot of accesses from this IP since the beginning of September, so I am posting here only the accesses since the person deleted those pages.
- Walter, there have been cases of vandalism in other online communities where those persons were tracked back by their IP number and exact access time and sued. What was the exact IP and access time? My recommendation to the vandal: apologize for your bad joke and hope that Walter doesn't take this too seriously. -- HelmutLeitner
|06.10+18:56_18:57||18.104.22.168 PeterSmith?||Aragorn edit SandBox(4)|
|06.10+18:53_18:57||22.214.171.124 PeterSmith?||MessageBoard(8) action|
|06.10+18:53_18:57||126.96.36.199 PeterSmith?||edit(2) action FrontPage(2)|
We've done some research meanwhile and - with the help of a few webmasters from other Tolkien-related sites - the search is now narrowing to some 5 or 6 people. I've also - for now - lifted the ban on the IP range of these AOL proxies which I placed yesterday, so that the person gets a chance to apologize, if s/he indeed wishes to do so... -- Walter