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Disruptive editing is unacceptable on Simple English Wiktionary. It is a way of editing which disrupts the dictionary and is unhelpful and does not help this project in any way.

What is considered disruptive editing?[change]

  • Vandalism - Vandalism is not tolerated by any editor to this project. It is disruptive and it leads to a block with warning.
  • Insignificant edits - Do not edit Wiktionary with the intention of flooding new changes with hundreds of insignificant edits. This is disruptive as editors have to look through every edit without any point. It is disruptive and it shows that you have the intention to boost your edit count in order to gain power. Gaining power comes with hard work. Even a user with 20,000 edits will not gain power unless they have demonstrated that they have help the dictionary. Insignificant edits do not help this project. A user with 500 constructive edits is likely to get power and a user with 20,000 insignificant edits is likely to get blocked as a result of their behaviour. An insignificant edit is an edit which doesn't change the content or the format of an entry. For example, added spaces after a sentence does not make the entry look any different but still is a change.
  • Incorrect tagging - Most of the time, new changes is too flooded and there is an average of between fifteen and thirty edits a day. Editors are not always available to edit Wiktionary. Tagging pages incorrectly is very disruptive and this can lead to poor maintenance of this dictionary. For example, deliberately tagging a page for deletion when it actually not needed to delete the page. Incorrect tagging effects the maintenance of this dictionary and editors have to waste time looking at each edit and has to revert it when the page is incorrectly tagged.

How to approach disruptive editing?[change]

  • Revert all the user's edits and warn them on their talk page and explain why their edits are wrong and the consequences if their disruptive editing continues. Use one of the templates in Category:Vandalism templates.
  • If the behaviour continues again, revert all the edits again and warn the user that their edits are unacceptable. Tell the that if they continue their disruptive behaviour, they will be reported at Wiktionary:Administrators' noticeboard.
  • If the behaviour still continues, it is like that the user wants to disrupt and damage the project. Revert all their edits and file a report at Wiktionary:Administrators' noticeboard.
  • If the behaviour continues after all the warnings, a block may be necessary. Revert all the edits and block them for a period of 24 hours. If you are not an administrator, prompt an administrator to block them.

Serious cases of disruptive editing may result in a block without warning.

Block levels[change]

  • 24 hours - If the user has been editing disruptively. Serious case of disruptive editing result in a 24-hour block without warning.
  • 1 week - If the disruptive editing fails to stop after the first block, block the user for a week.
  • 1 month - This is the next blocking stage if the user edits disruptively in a serious way only after a 24-hour block. Users who fail to stop their disruptive editing after the one-week block will receive a one-month block.
  • Infinite - If the user is still editing disruptively after three chances (temporary blocks), the user may be blocked infinitely. An infinite block means that the block lasts forever unless it gets lifted. Non-admins may submit a report for a user to be blocked infinitely at Wiktionary:Administrators' noticeboard. An administrator will look at the user's edits and if required, they will block the user infinitely.

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