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Offline Johnnie F.

Vandalizing a Wiki
« on: July 12, 2013, 04:41:11 PM »
"A wiki is a web application which allows people to add, modify, or delete content in a collaborative environment, usually using a simplified markup language or a rich-text editor." (Encyclopedia Brittanica)

"The encyclopedia project Wikipedia is the most famous wiki on the public web, but there are many sites running many different kinds of wiki software. Wikis can serve many different purposes both public and private, including knowledge management, note-taking, community websites and intranets. A wiki enables communities to write documents collaboratively, using a simple markup language and a web browser.

A defining characteristic of wiki technology is the ease with which pages can be created and updated. Generally, there is no review before modifications are accepted. Many wikis are open to alteration by the general public without requiring registration of user accounts. Many edits can be made in real-time and appear almost instantly online. This can facilitate abuse of the system. Private wiki servers require user-authentication to edit pages, and sometimes even to read them." (Wikipedia)

Anybody can just start a wiki at one of those free hosts, like anybody can start a forum at a free host. Others may contribute by adding information like inserting the link and description to their own sites or forums, if they see it fit.

But what about an individual who vandalizes a wiki, changing the links and descriptions to other sites, he might see as a competition to his own, using insults of the lowest degree? He must have overlooked that his IP address was displayed together with the changes he had made (on the screen-shot in red), and that apart from his already known style, vocabulary and sick behavior he can't remain anonymous, just like a forum troll...

"Most wikis keep a record of changes made to wiki pages; often, every version of the page is stored. This means that authors can revert to an older version of the page, should it be necessary because a mistake has been made or the page has been vandalized." (Wikipedia)

So, reverting an act of vandalism isn't a lot of work, just a few clicks. But the act of vandalism itself was an anti-social act, directed against the internet community of people interested in that specific wiki.

What do you think, Vandalfie, another way to go?   ;)
No matter how tall the mountain is, it cannot block the sun. - Chinese Proverb

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Vandalizing a Wiki
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2013, 08:21:03 AM »
I think Vandalfie"s activities against other sites can be clearly seen as attempts of downranking resp. negative SEO, obviously intended to cause harm. That is criminal activity, a severe violation of the Thailand Computer Crime Act. How low he has sunk! 8)
No matter how tall the mountain is, it cannot block the sun. - Chinese Proverb


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Re: Vandalizing a Wiki
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2013, 09:12:21 AM »
Has the criminal act been reported? Presumably there is a trail to the perpetrator.

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Vandalizing a Wiki
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2013, 09:41:17 AM »
Before you can post/make alterations on a wiki anonymously you are expressively notified that your IP address will be shown with the alterations. Therefore it can be clearly seen on the screenshot of his "activity" that Vandalfie posted from the 3BB connection at 11:19 on July 9, 2013.

No, it has not been reported to the police, yet. Should we burden the police of our guest country with problems likely caused by drunk or mentally sick people, or attempt to handle problems ourselves as much as possible by openly discussing such "derailments"?

Again my strong advice to people not being in full control of their minds due to alcohol or drugs consumption: stay away from the internet! It's not as anonymous as you'd like to think it is.

No matter how tall the mountain is, it cannot block the sun. - Chinese Proverb