#299 Facility to remove Vandalism from the history


Is it possible to remove Vandalism from the history.
Wikipedians are alert enough to remove any vandalism
immediately after it has ocurred. If there was a facility to
remove it from the history, this would be a bonus.

The feature should be made available only to sysops so
that it is not abused to remove a genuine edit from the


  • Nobody/Anonymous

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    What's the point?

  • Jay

    Jay - 2003-10-29

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    Two points.
    1. Usability point of view: It helps to track the history of an
    article better if vandalism is weeded out. A mention of
    vandalism in the history is not helpful to the article in
    anyway, unless of course the revert of vandalism was
    2. Saving space: I don't know how article versions are
    maintained in Wikipedia. Either it replicates the article entirely
    for every change, or it saves only a delta. In any case, it'll
    help conserve database space if entries are removed from the

  • Brion Vibber

    Brion Vibber - 2003-11-01

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    Future grad students may write their Advanced Collaborative
    Composition theses on the history of vandalism in Wikipedia. We'll
    be depriving them of valuable research material if we remove it!

    Seriously, the page edit history is Sacred. Removal of individual
    revisions is to be done only for legal reasons (material that we
    can't publish legally due to copyright etc), and not lightly. Allowing
    casual removal of "vandalism" leaves the door open for abuse and
    the squashing of unpopular content.


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