I can find vague references from various sources (e.g. on Talk:Anti-vandalism ideas: Automatic vandalism identification) implying that Wikipedia edits can be flagged as potential vandalism. However, I (a normal, non-admin Wikipedia user) don't see any way to flag a given Wikipedia edit as potential vandalism. Am I missing something?

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You don't "flag" edits, per se. If you see an edit that is vandalism, you're expected to "rollback" or, at least, edit out the vandalism bits yourself. That's part of Wikipedia's mantra of Be Bold!

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Content

You can edit almost any page on Wikipedia. Simply follow the "Edit" link at the top of that page. Be bold in improving articles. When adding facts, please provide references so others may verify them. If you are affiliated with the article subject, please see the conflict of interest guide.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Contact_us_-_Readers

If you find some incorrect information, there are a few things you can do. First, you can fix it yourself! Anyone can edit Wikipedia. Just hit the "edit" button on the top right of the page, make the correction, and hit "Save page". If you want to learn more about editing, try our help pages.

If you can't or don't want to fix an error, your best approach depends on what kind of problem it is:

  • if it's clear vandalism and you can't fix it, please email [email protected] and include the address or title of the article and a description of the issue.

(emphasis mine)

If an account is a serial vandal, there are places to report them so that they can be dealt with.


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    My use case is that I'm not sure it's vandalism, so the {{dubious}} template (mentioned in How to respond to vandalism - for beginners) is appropriate.
    – Max Nanasy
    Feb 27, 2013 at 19:21
  • Disregard my last comment: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Dubious specifically says it should not be used for unsourced statements
    – Max Nanasy
    Feb 27, 2013 at 19:25
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    Unsourced statements should be rolled back (with suitable, non-default edit summary) or use the {{Citation needed}} template.
    – ale
    Feb 27, 2013 at 19:57
  • I did the latter (en.wikipedia.org/w/…)
    – Max Nanasy
    Feb 27, 2013 at 20:13
  • For that particular edit, you should have just removed the information. People are not supposed to "sign" Wikipedia articles.
    – ale
    Feb 28, 2013 at 13:28

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