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How to Block Disruptive Users on wikiHow

"Assume good faith" is a rule of thumb for all wiki editors, but there are occasions that call for blocking certain users. Users who continue to make nonconstructive edits despite repeated coaching and warnings should be blocked for violating wikiHow guidelines when they post spam, hate speech, inappropriate content, nonsense, or vandalism. wikiHow Administrators can block disruptive users. If you are not an administrator, but you believe a block needs to be considered, post on the wikiHow:Administrator Notice Board so an administrator can apply the block.

Steps

  1. Start by just reverting the edit and ignoring them.Many vandals will go away if they're ignored.
  2. Leave a very friendly warning.Send them a {{test}} template first; killing them with kindness often works well. If they keep vandalizing, you can send a {{warning}}.
    • Resist your natural reaction to lash out at troublemakers. Doing so only gives people the attention they crave and may give them incentives to produce more problems for us.
  3. Consider that the edit might just be a mistake or experiment.
    • Don't block mistakes, honest errors, and experiments unless they are persistent. Poor edits that might not necessarily be malicious such as blanking the page (which can be accidental), adding bad information, testing our open editing (eg. "does this work?" or "shfjkdh") or vanity page creation donotqualify as harmful edits. In most cases it is best not to warn these editors and only proceed to blocking if the disruptive editors persist.
    • Block nonconstructive editors as last resort, when they are repeat offenders after being coached and warned. A destructive edit is defined as one where the vandal is very clearly trying to maliciously destroy the page by adding obscenities, insults, etc. Harmful edits may also include the creation of articles that require speedy deletion.
  4. If you are not an administrator, leave a message on the wikiHow Administrator Notice Board requesting the user be blocked.Understand that a block should only be instated to prevent further damage or disruption to wikiHow, not to punish users. If you are an admin, proceed with the block as follows:
  5. Click "block" next to the offending user's user name or IP address in Recent Changes orpage history.Choose the following variables:
    • IP Address or username - This is entered automatically. But you can change it if you need to block someone else.
    • Expiry field. Enter a duration for the block. The Default is set to "other". Click on it to select a common block duration; if necessary, you can enter other time not in the list under the next variable "Other time". Best practices for block duration are posted at wikiHow:Block Times. In general block durations are up to admin discretion within the following time limits. Clearly harmful editors who never edit constructively can be blocked for up to 1 month without warning. People who have been blocked and then become repeat offenders or people who have been warned previously can be blocked for up to 6 months. That said, many admins block for only 1-7 days for first offenders. Be careful about blocking shared IP addresses for prolonged periods.
    • Reason: an optional field to briefly explain why you are blocking the user. The default is set to "Other Reason". Click on that to select a common block reason, such as Abusive comments, Adding spam links, Creating speedy articles, Malicious Sockpuppet, Spambot, Trolling, Vandalism, . If your reason(s) for blocking is not covered on the list, write in additional reasons under the next variable "Other/Additional Reason". For example, you might note that the user "spammed multiple articles" or "continuous vandalism after warning".
    • Checkboxes. There are four boxes, with the first three checked and the last one unchecked by default. It's usually best to leave them as is, but it can vary.
  6. ClickBlock This Userto finalize the action.
  7. Write the {{blocked|reason}} template on their talk page, or leave a message alerting them that they have been blocked.In some cases, such as if the user is under 13 and is helping out with wikiHow, it is considered inappropriate to use the {{blocked}} when blocking the user, as it may appear harsh. In that case, use the {{under13}} template. If the disruptive editor repeats the edit or edit pattern, then feel free to block again for any time period up to six months.
  8. Check the contribution history of the offender.Make sure all problems the offender caused have been rectified and any speedy article candidates have been reviewed and removed as needed.

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  • Accidental blocks can be rectified by following the instructions at how to .
  • Blocked users can appeal a block by emailing . A wikiHow staff member will read the emails and reverse a block if justified.
  • The full wikiHow block log is available here.
  • If blocking due to age being under thirteen, use the {{under13}} tag instead of {{blocked}} when you notify the user.

Warnings

  • Resist the urge to write anything very personal or emotional (likeshame on you) on the user's talk page when you block the user. Stick to a discussion of policy.
  • Blocking users is a serious matter which wikiHow does not take lightly. An admin should never block in anger or out of selfish motivations. Please carefully consider the value of free expression against the perceived benefit to the community before taking action against disruptive users. However, do not hesitate to curtail negative activities. If the offense is clear, take appropriate action and block assertively. The success of any community depends on principled leadership.
  • Try to keep the block as short as possible, so as to maximize the chances of the user coming back after thinking about the rules. Read block times for more info.
  • If you realize the block was wrong please unblock the user quickly and leave a message on the user's talk page or in an email, saying you are very sorry for your error.
  • Blocking a user because of personal reasons or disagreements is not acceptable.





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