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highway page changes

Hi there,

the highway page has been recently modified by Dieterdreist, who has changed the content from highway is a physical property to highway is a subjective importance. Can you please care for a revert? Thanks. There has been no proposal about the change. --Lulu-Ann 22:22, 12 August 2009 (UTC)

Wiki ignore mode

In the "Vandalism Response", what about adding the Wiki ignore mode - where the user gets a success code on any edits, but the edits aren't actually saved. Or, they could be silently redirected to modify only the dev server data? - subsequent edits by that user would show his previously bogus edits in the data. MikeN 15:37, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

Definition of "vandalism"

I've seen more and more people over-using the word "vandalism", and accusing people of vandalism in situations where the word is too strong and doesn't fit to my mind. In a real world situation, the word is used to describe people graffitiing or slashing the seats on the bus. It's a destructive act, deliberately aimed at causing damage, but rather childish and blatantly anti-social. In a virtual community I would reserve the word for similarly outlandish acts of destructiveness.

So for example the case Lulu-Ann is mentioning above, even if I agreed with her on the details of that tagging dispute (haven't looked into it) I wouldn't describe Dieterdreist as a vandal. He's not deliberately damaging things and then running off laughing. He may be deemed to be causing damage, by failing to work towards a consensus, pushing his point of view too heavily, and not being civil, but this is a point of conduct within a heated community debate. It's not an act of "vandalism".

As such I think we should maybe rename this page to formulate some more general, and less heavily worded, "code of conduct" type rules. We might decide then have a page on vandalism which is just talking about extreme acts of deliberate damage and how to deal with them.

-- Harry Wood 15:07, 13 October 2010 (BST)

Instead of renaming, for the moment I've renamed the heading which used to be "Types of vandalism" to "Vandalism and other types of bad edits", and added some explanation of.
-- Harry Wood (talk) 08:36, 22 May 2015 (UTC)