Wikipedia User Tarc is a Vandal

I’ve seen some crazy stuff on Wikipedia over the years, but the current vandalism being conducted by a user named Tarc is among the worst.

In a nutshell, Tarc is attempting to delete the Wikipedia pages of challenger candidates for US House of Representatives seats. This includes,

Michael Faulker (R) running in NY-15
Jim Meffert (D) running in MN-3
Steve Raby (D) running in AL-5
John Flerlage (D) running in CO-6
Douglas Herbert (D) running in NJ-11
Scott M. Sipprelle (R) running in NJ-12

Tarc seems to believe that nominees of major political parties who are challenging incumbents do not reach the level of “notable” under his reading of Wikipedia’s standards, so don’t deserve a page on the site.

Each time Tarc does this, an alert is added to the top of the page that has been nominated for deletion, like this:

Wikipedia Vandalism by Tarc

Which gives the illusion that there is actually something wrong with the page or person on the page, rather than with Tarc. A scan through his recent contributions shows that his US House of Rep. challengers deletion rampage is a relatively new thing, and poorly timed to elections that are only one week away.

I’m not the first person to notice this by any means. In fact, Wikipedia editors are looking into freezing Tarc’s account until after the election due to his behavior.

Clearly, if Tarc posessed a bit more maturity, he could have started discussions on candidate’s Talk pages about whether each candidate is Wikipedia worthy, or at least waited until after the election. But I have a hunch that Tarc likes the attention that being a vandal provides, no matter who gets hurt along the way.

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