Grand Theft Wiki:No Shrines for Vandals

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The NSFV policy (No Shrines for Vandals) states that vandals and spammers should not have monuments to their "success". This means that there should not be big warnings exclaiming about attacks, nor public outcries about how the Staff may not be coping. The main purpose of vandals is to cause disruption, so if the disruption they cause is dealt with quickly and quietly, that will discourage them from continuing.

For example, leaving loads of "OMG HELP" messages on staff talk pages and edit summaries etc only makes the vandal look more successful in disrupting the wiki. Leaving "PLZ STOP" messages on their talk page makes them feel powerful, because we can't do anything to stop them. Simply reverting the edits and giving them a firm message to stop doesn't encourage them, and it doesn't make them look or feel good.

If a user discovers vandalism, they should add the relevant Cleanup Templates, such as {{vandal}} to the top of the page. This will automatically alert the relevant staff, and there is no need to leave messages on multiple talk pages. If there are other issues, then leave a message on an active Staff member's talk page, and they will deal with it.

If users alert you to spam or an attack, you should calmly thank them for bringing it to your attention and swiftly deal with the problem. There is no need to explain the problem in detail to the user who reported it, or put up notices, just deal with it.