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We have a certain set of vandals who like to change data in the planetary infoboxes. Stuff like gravities, radii, length of days and hours, etc. Things that you'd have to check closely to notice something was up, and as a result they're usually missed.

A couple I noticed after Vryce asked about some suspicious data on the Alderaan page:

In fact, a lot of them start with "8" as I recall (they've hit Ossus several times), so I think they may be the same person.

Anyway, I don't know how we'd do this on any sort of organized scale, but I think it would be a good general idea to check modifications to planetary data and make sure people aren't screwing around. Obvious things like Alderaan having 40% gravity are easier to spot, but if you have any sources that would mention planetary data (sourcebooks, usually), I'd suggest occasionally checking infoboxes to see if it's all kosher. - Lord Hydronium 10:20, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

  • Hmm...looks like a dynamic IP address. We could do a short term range block on the IP (s) in question, but that may also affect innocent people. Planetary fanon is nothing new, sadly. In the past, there have also been random people who have been adding fanon species and data to obscure planets. With all those planets, it is hard to patrol the fanon that gets spewed onto those articles. My suggestion would be for us to implement the sourcing system on the infoboxes on planet articles as a safeguard against this. Then again, I don't know if that's viable...I recall reading somewhere that the infoboxes don't like the reference tags. StarNeptuneTalk to me! 10:43, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
    • Yeah, as of right now the reference tags aren't usable in infoboxes. jSarek 11:28, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
      • Wait, I thought I'd been using them in infoboxes for a while now (see, for example, Bith). —Silly Dan (talk) 13:03, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
        • Hmm, I guess that little problem has been fixed. jSarek 20:23, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

All right, this is definitely the same guy. Here's all his IP addresses I've found (bold are the ones that still need fixing):

- Lord Hydronium 02:40, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

  • Is there any way we can modify the infoboxes to acknowledge that different sources give different figures? When I fill in planet's info, I use the Wizards of the Coast sources, but video games, early RPG supp's, and planet guides probably give widely differing numbers. Enochf 03:06, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
    • Do they? From what I've seen, WEG and WOTC at least are consistent. Question for an admin: is it possible to search for all users whose addresses start with 83.135? - Lord Hydronium 05:28, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

Good tip for catching this guy: he likes to talk about retrograde rotations and synchronized orbits. I'm not sure he knows what they mean, but if you see those in an infobox, check it. - Lord Hydronium 10:19, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

  • Other hint: for some reason, he hates standard gravity. If you see something with a gravity that doesn't say "Standard", give it another look. Sometimes it's canon, but other times, not. - Lord Hydronium 13:36, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
    • He should know that standard is based on Coruscant just like we do everything for Earth, and essentially Coruscant comes to equal Earth. -- Riffsyphon1024 22:24, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
      • Can't verify this, but this might be the same bloke: User:Jonbacca, if your edit descriptions are any indication. He changed Kashyyyk's gravity. Cutch 03:17, 20 February 2007 (UTC)
        • Doesn't seem like the same MO (83.135 likes to change lots of things at once), but thanks for catching that. - Lord Hydronium 03:36, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

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