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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object class: Euclid

Containment procedures: When the identity of SCP-XXXX-1 is unknown, efforts must be made to determine the identity of SCP-XXXX-1. All Wikipedia articles listed in Document XXXX-1 are to be tested using safe fallacious claims, and any effects are to be verified by at least two Level 3 staff members. These actions are to performed twice in the first month after SCP-XXXX-1 is lost, and are to be repeated every six months following this. In the meantime, a team of Level 2 personnel are to conduct similar tests on all other articles on the website until SCP-XXXX-1 is located.

When the identity of SCP-XXXX-1 is known, it should not be protected1, moved, or deleted if it matches the following criteria:

  • SCP-XXXX-1 is edited at average less than once per month.
  • SCP-XXXX-1 describes a specific instance of a subject, such as a specific person, specific object, or specific location.

When SCP-XXXX-1 does not match these criteria or it covers a subject listed in Document XXXX-2, the page must be made "protected" for five seconds and subsequently tested for anomalous effects. Subsequently, the containment procedures for when the identity of SCP-XXXX-1 is unknown are to be repeated.

When a new instance of SCP-XXXX-1 is discovered, its edit history is to be inspected and any edit that has taken place since SCP-XXXX-1 was last known should be logged. Investigation should take place to see if false statements were added to SCP-XXXX-1 during this period, and the results of this investigation is to be reported to 04 staff.

When a false statement is added to SCP-XXXX-1, an IP account that would be identified as an address unrelated to the Foundation should edit the article to directly counter this claim. SCP-XXXX-1 is not to be protected, moved, or deleted before normalcy is recovered.

Description:
SCP-XXXX is a phenomenon that affects a single article on the English German version of the freely-editable online encyclopedia Wikipedia. An article affected by SCP-XXXX (dignified SCP-XXXX-1) is selected seemingly at random whenever the previous SCP-XXXX-1 is brought to a state where it can not be freely edited by IP-users2. Scheduled server time-outs have not shown to have any effect on SCP-XXXX. Investigations in how instances of SCP-XXXX-1 are selected have returned inconclusive, but a slight preference towards larger articles has been observed. SCP-XXXX has thus far exclusively targeted "mainspace" articles, leaving maintenance spaces (such as "talk" pages, "user" pages, and drafts) alone.

Any edit made to SCP-XXXX-1 can have reality-altering effects. Any incorrect claims added to SCP-XXXX-1 that relate to the subject of the article will become "true", and expected records of this added fact will materialise. Documents and photographs of the subject are altered appropriately. The only way to confirm that a reality alteration has taken place is though human memory, which is not affected by SCP-XXXX. Removal of text from SCP-XXXX-1 has no effect, and the only way to undo a reality alteration by SCP-XXXX is to directly counter the original claim.

While it is true that SCP-XXXX is a severe risk to normalcy and could potentially cause an XK-Class end of the world scenario, we do not believe that neutralisation is urgent. The effects of SCP-XXXX have been located on an article about the 1913 college football season for three years now and this article has been edited only a dozen times in this time. As long as we do our job and monitor the website sufficiently, the value of this encyclopedia outweigh the risks of SCP-XXXX. We decided to dismiss the proposal for the termination of the website Wikipedia.
- 05-07, November 12, 2008

Incident rapport 1
On January 03, 2002, the Wikipedia article on American actor ███████ ████ was edited multiple times by an IP account, hereon listed as POI-XXXX-1. The text of the article was replaced with the text "███████ is gay" by POI-XXXX-1 multiple times, before this IP address was blocked from the website. This event drew Foundation attention after ████'s documentation related to his exes and spouse was found to not match the memories of ████ and his family. ████ was amnestied, but the article (now accepted as the first known instance of SCP-XXXX-1) was protected before a correction could have been made. ████ broke up his relationship in August 2002 and publicly came out as gay in 2005. This is the only known instance of SCP-XXXX affecting a person's psychology.

POI-XXXX-1's location was traced to a ███████ company in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It is unknown whether POI-XXXX-1 is the creator of SCP-XXXX.

Neutralisation proposal

I believe there to be an opportunity to neutralise SCP-XXXX without negatively affecting Wikipedia by using contemporary political events. Large-scale online protests are planned against the United States laws titles "SOPA" and "PIPA" on January 12, 2012. I would like to see how SCP-XXXX would respond if there are no pages present for it to migrate to. I'm sure some of my respected colleagues have enough influence over the Wikipedia community to make this happen. For more information, see Neutralisation proposal XXXX-4.
- Dr. Mable Simons, October 28, 2011

Incident rapport 2

Document XXXX-1*
List of previous instances of SCP-XXXX-1