Wikiversity:Blocking policy

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A block is how custodians revoke editing privileges at Wikiversity. Blocks may apply to user accounts, IP addresses, and to ranges of IP addresses, for either a definite or indefinite time. A block does not otherwise restrict access to Wikiversity, and people usually can continue to edit their own user discussion page.

Blocks are to stop behavior inconsistent with the Wikiversity mission and scope. Anyone may report a problem and ask custodians to consider blocking. If you are blocked and feel that you understand how to behave in a way consistent with the mission and scope, you can ask for the decision to be reviewed on your discussion page, or by e-mail if you cannot edit your discussion page.

When are blocks appropriate?[edit]

Participants should first be informed of accepted practices and appropriate behaviors on their user discussion page. Users who have been informed and continue behaviors inconsistent with the Wikiversity mission and scope should be blocked. Users who vandalize and spam should be blocked immediately before considering anything else.

The following caveats apply to blocks:

  1. Blocks for behavior that has ceased or may happen in the future are inappropriate. Blocks are to deter continuing recent behavior.
  2. Participants with a history of good faith edits are to be informed about their block on their user discussion page.
  3. A custodian capable of impartial treatment is recommended when possible. Other custodians should report a problem.
  4. Blocks for IP addresses and IP address ranges should be kept short because often other people are affected too.

Common rationales for blocks[edit]

Custodians are encouraged to first discuss when in doubt, or when a block is unusual. The following are common rationales for blocks:

  • Persistent promotions with no clear benefit to education or learners.
  • Use of multiple accounts to affect community consensus.
  • Bots without approval to operate or malfunctioning will be immediately blocked.
  • Compromised accounts
  • Behaviors that have a net negative effect per community consensus.
  • Circumventing revocation of privileges.

When should unblocks be considered?[edit]

People are encouraged to first discuss and appropriately address concerns that lead to a block before considering an unblock. People who have not been informed of accepted practices and appropriate behaviors may be unblocked without any further considerations. A second chance may be given to people who agree to follow accepted practices and behave appropriately as they have been informed about. Unblocking requires a consensus in favour of it. If there is no consensus as to whether a user should be unblocked, they stay blocked.

If you wish to resume editing at Wikiversity, please make a request on your user discussion page. Anyone else may post a request on the blocking custodian's user discussion page, Wikiversity:Request custodian action, or Wikiversity:Community Review in that order. A custodian should review the circumstances of the block and determine an appropriate course of action. A custodian may also set conditions to ensure accepted practices are followed and behaviors remain appropriate. If the blocking custodian declines a request, an impartial custodian is recommended when possible. Custodians who make a decision to block based on community consensus should refer people to Community Review and provide a link to the discussion where community consensus was previously decided.

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