6 months off for bad behaviour

Our school’s IP address was recently banned from editing Wikipedia for 6 months after a spate of nonsense vandalism. This is, of course, fantastic news for me, as for the next 6 months I will be spared the joys of:

  • homophobic bullying,
  • ridiculous Austin Powers-related explanations for scientific phenomenon,
  • professions of cheese-loving,
  • entire pages replaced with the text “ngfjerkfnueioanfiuwoancvujwailcnwujeifhnwuierhhahahahahahaha”,
  • assertions that someone in Year 11 is a “monkey-fister”,
  • and historical re-writes that bring wars from the 1700s crashing into the 20th century.

I always make sure to send a personal thank-you to the admin responsible. They are always more than happy that someone from the school actually cares; apparently, most do not have such a person. My personal record is catching 9 students in a single day. It’s the little things that keep me going, sometimes.

About The Angry Technician

The Angry Technician is an experienced IT professional in the UK education sector. Normally found in various states of annoyance on his blog. All views are those of his imaginary pet dog, Howard.

2 responses to “6 months off for bad behaviour”

  1. Jon says :

    When you catch them what does management do?

  2. AngryTechnician says :

    Depends how serious the vandalism was. Often they have to write a little essay about why what they did was wrong. Sometimes I get apology letters for wasting my time having to deal with it. On a couple of occasions Sixth Formers have had a formal dressing down from the Head of Sixth Form for posting “X is a gaylord” or something similar.