Welcome to Wikipedia! This page will teach you how to easily fix vandalism that you may come across while browsing the site.

What is vandalism?

Vandalism is editing deliberately intended to obstruct the project's purpose of building a free encyclopedia. Examples include adding irrelevant obscenities or jokes, illegitimately blanking pages, and inserting obvious nonsense. Not all bad edits are vandalism. If an edit is misguided but plausibly made in good faith, you can try undoing it once, but you should use the dispute resolution process if it is restored. Most vandalism is obvious, so don't be afraid to fix it.

How to revert it

Further information: Help:Reverting

  1. Go to the page's edit history.
    On desktop displays, this can be found at the top right of the page, next to the search bar.
    On mobile devices, this is represented by the
    icon at the top of the page.
  2. Adjust the circular radio buttons at the left and click on Compare selected revisions until you identify the edit(s) that introduced the vandalism.
  3. Click the (undo) link at the top right, in the "revision as of" lineGo back to the edit history and click undo.
  4. Scroll to the edit summary box and add "reverting vandalism" or something similar to the automatic summary.
  5. Click Show preview to make sure your edit removes the vandalism as intended.
  6. Click Publish changes, and pat yourself on the back!

If you are unable to revert the vandalism because of subsequent edits, you can fix it manually. Here's how:

Manual reverting:
  1. Click on the page's edit tab.
    On desktop displays, this can be found at the top right of the page, next to the search bar.
    On mobile devices, this is represented by the
    icon at the top of the page.
  2. Find the vandalism and correct it.
  3. Scroll to the edit summary box and add "reverting vandalism" or something similar to the automatic summary.
  4. Click Show preview to make sure your edit removes the vandalism as intended.
  5. Click Publish changes, and pat yourself on the back!

Alternative: Call attention to it

It is better to fix vandalism yourself, but if you're not comfortable editing an article directly, it's alright to just let others know about it:

If the page is high-traffic:
  1. Go to the page's associated talk page.
    On desktop displays, this can be found at the top left of the page.
    by clicking on the tab just below the title.
  2. Click on New section.Click on Add discussion.
  3. Enter a heading and concisely describe the vandalism you noticed.
  4. Sign your post with four tildes (~~~~) at the end.
  5. Click Publish changes.
If the page is not high-traffic:
  1. Click here to submit a request to the Help desk.
  2. Replace PAGENAME with the page where you noticed the vandalism, keeping the double brackets ([[ ]]).
  3. Replace BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE VANDALISM HERE with a concise description of the vandalism.
  4. Click Publish changes.

Further steps