Global bans

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Global bans
Global bans are formal restrictions placed on people to restrict their access to WikiTide services.
This page deals with formal restrictions placed on people. For technical restrictions placed on IP addresses or user accounts, please see Global blocks and global locks respectively.

Global bans are formal restrictions placed on people (not user accounts or IP addresses) to prevent their access to certain aspects of WikiTide (such as access or editing). Global bans are more severe than Global blocks and Global locks as they affect actual people (unlike blocks and locks which are technical restrictions placed only on accounts or IPs) and as such, are not given out liberally.

Global bans may only be applied when the Terms of Use have been violated and/or the user in question has caused issues across multiple communities and/or the WikiTide infrastructure. Global bans are enforced on-wiki via a global lock of the master account and all other alternative accounts. All accounts created subsequently will be automatically locked upon detection. Verifiable IP addresses may be blocked globally by global functionaries as part of global ban enforcement, in the same way global locks are enforced.

Global bans are a measure of last resort, reflecting broad community consensus should other measures fail. Other measures include multiple specific advisories based in policy or best practice to the user and contacting Stewards as appropriate to resolve the problem.

Requesting a global ban


For a user to be a eligible for a global ban, they must meet the following requirements:

  • The user must have persistently disrupted various WikiTide wikis; and,
  • The user must exhibit conduct issues and remediation attempts to address such conduct have failed.

If these conditions are met, a user is eligible for a global ban. If a user does not meet these requirements, the Request for Comments will be closed.

Nominators must meet the following requirements to request a global ban:

  • Their WikiTide account is at least 6 months old; and,
  • They must have least 1,000 global edits. These edits may not consist of directly copy/pasting content from other wikis, they must be edits done by the user.

If a nominator does not meet these requirements, the Request for Comments will be closed.


To request a global ban, a Steward request must be started here on WikiTide Meta. Criteria, as established in the previous section, must be met.

Once a Steward request requesting a global ban has been filed on WikiTide Meta, the nominator must post a notice on all wikis where the user is active informing them that a Request for Comments regarding that user has been stated. This notice should be posted in a high-visibility venue such as a central discussion forum or the talk page of the main page if none exists. Nominators may ask Stewards for assistance in sending the message via MassMessage.

If the nominated user is locally blocked on Meta, they may be temporarily unblocked to defend themselves. If the user begins to engage in disruptive behaviors, they will be re-blocked.

Request for Comments dealing with a global ban proposal must stay opened for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, beginning after the notification process defined in this section is complete


A Steward request requesting a global ban proposal can be closed by a Steward before seven (7) days have passed if the Request is malformed or if it there is overwhelming consensus against the proposal.

A Steward request can also be closed before seven (7) days have passed if there is overwhelming consensus for it and the nominated user agrees to be globally banned.

If either the nominee or nominator do not fulfill the requirements outlined in the previous section, the Steward request may also close early.


An appeal of a global ban may submitted by contacting Stewards. Stewards will then forward the appeal to the community. Stewards, as a group, may exercise discretion in appeals and choose not to forward an appeal if they feel that they lack merit and/or are frivolous in nature.

If a global ban request doesn't specify a minimum time before appeals may be considered, the minimum time before an appeal can be considered will be 3 months, so as to (a) allow the user sufficient time to reflect on their behaviour, (b) establish a good-faith initial attempt to illustrate to the community they have the capacity to exercise restraint (by not engaging in illegitimate sockpuppetry), and (c) not waste the community's time with repeated and frivolous requests.

For a list of globally banned users, see this list of globally banned users.

See also

  • Global blocks which primarily affect IP addresses and range but can also affect logged in users; doesn't lock them out.
  • Global locks which only affect registered user accounts and prevents them from logging in.
  • Global bans on Wikimedia Meta-Wiki.