Note: This should be used as a guideline and handled on a case-by-case basis.
Weak attack, possibly unintentional: Firm warning, reminder of the policy.
Strong, intentional attack: Very firm warning, reminder of the policy and its procedure.
Repeated attacks - A ban duration of one day, more as a cool-off period.
User has a running record of attacks - Ban duration of three days, depending on severity.
User uses sockpuppet(s)1 or proxies to continue attacks - Ban of three days for IP attacks; permaban2 for accounts created for attacks. Additional ban time added to the main account of the offender.
1 A sockpuppet is a dummy account created for the sole purpose of chatter for continued personal attacks or the illusion of greater majority. 2 A permaban is the permanent banning of an account and the prevention of new account creation.
A vandal is a user who, with the intention of disruption, makes an retrogressive edit to an article. Note: some users may not be intentionally making bad edits to an article and may need help. Remember to assume good faith.