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This page hosts requests for global (un)blocks, (un)locks and hidings.

If you are here because you have been blocked by a global block, and believe that the block is in error or you have not done anything wrong, there are a few methods through which you can appeal:

  • If the IP is not currently blocked on meta, you can post a request to this page following the instructions below to have the IP unblocked.
  • If the IP is currently blocked on meta, you can post an appeal on your talk page. For maximum effectiveness, link to the username of the steward who globally blocked the IP address using the code [[User:USERNAME|USERNAME]] so that they are pinged by it.
  • If you are editing from an account and have been caught by a global IP block that is unlikely to be removed (i.e. because it is an open proxy or because of long-term abuse), you can request an individual exemption from the block at the requests for global permissions page. Please see the section on global IP block exemptions on that page for specific instructions for making a request.
  • If none of those options work, you are free to email us at
Note: (un)blocks apply to IP addresses; and (un)locks apply to global accounts
Crosswiki requests
MetaWiki requests

Requests for global (un)block[edit]

Symbol comment vote.svg Please be sure to follow the instructions below:
Your request might be rejected if you don't follow the instructions.
Please also review Global blocking. Only IP addresses can be globally blocked at this moment. Please see #Requests for global (un)lock and (un)hiding if your request involves an account.
Instructions for making a request

Before requesting, make sure that:

  1. You know the IP address(es) you wish to have globally blocked or unblocked.
  2. For blocks, the global blocking criteria are met.
  3. For unblocks, your request addresses the original reason for blocking the IP, if any.

To make a request for an account to be locked or unlocked

Copy the template below to the bottom of this section and explain why the address(es) should be blocked/unblocked.
=== Global block/unblock for [[User:Some IP address|Some IP address]] ===
{{status}} <!-- do not remove this template -->
*{{luxotool|IP address}}
Description, evidence, diffs, etc. --~~~~
When requesting that your IP be unblocked, note that stewards need to know your IP address to even consider a request.
To find your IP, please visit
You are not required to disclose your IP in public - you may make requests privately to any steward on IRC or by email at:

Global unblock for ?[edit]

Status:    nothing to do

Why am I blocked? I am new to this website and I edited (en:Eric Campbell) and (fr:Jurickson Profar). The preceding unsigned comment was added by Josephlinden (talk • contribs) 18:10, 11 June 2014‎ (UTC)

I have closed this, there is information to indicate which IP was blocked, and checks do not show that the using address is blocked. If there is further information that can be provided, please do so.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:24, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Global unblock for Scott Stapp/[edit]

Status:    In progress

Hello, this is Scott Stapp. Please unblock me from Wiki. Can you also explain why?

I don't see that the IP address is blocked, Special:GlobalBlockList/ Would you please supply the full block message that you get when you try to edit. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 15:52, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
I do see that Special:GlobalBlock/ is within a blocked range, though, if you login to your account, you should be able to edit unhindered.  — billinghurst sDrewth 16:25, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Global unblock for 2604:180:1::c7b3:9b3f[edit]

Status:    soft block only

As is well known for GFW, without proxy and VPN people in mainland China can not even view Wikipedia, Wikimedia and Other things, not to mention editing. --2604:180:1:0:0:0:C7B3:9B3F 14:44, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

This is a soft block that requires users to be logged into an WMF account, please do so to edit.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:26, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Global unblock for[edit]

Status:    converted to soft block

This global block ( on ) affects a legitimate user on fr.wp. The block reason indicates "open proxy" but this is currently not the case. --Linedwell@frwiki 13:20, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

@Linedwell: I have converted this to a soft block, so those who are logged into their WMF user account can edit  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:19, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Global unblock for (and IPv6)[edit]

Status:    soft blocks

These addresses and /64 range are under my control. I am the only one with access. --Peasantoid (talk) 00:10, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

{{unblock}} -- Subnet is owned by and services legitimate closed proxies and VPNs (like the one I am using) in addition to the alleged open proxy the range was blocked for.

Yes check.svg Done in a fashion. The ipv4 address is not globally blocked, so nothing to. The ipv6 range has been removed though it now falls under a larger IPv6 /30 soft range block. This requires users to be logged in to their WMF accounts to edit.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:33, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Why have closed my IP?[edit]

Status:    IP range is problematic

I dont know why User:ارژنگ has closed my IP? but Written There : (because attacked and indecency) . But I have never attacked and indecency . Please open my IP . You can see [1] .ناطق (talk)

Note: I've moved this request from the talk page. Trijnsteltalk 11:22, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
@ناطق: the IP range has been blocked due to it being abused, in fact the /24 is blocked as problematic. I can see spambots within the range looking at tools like so it is unlikely to be unblocked while they are active. Please talk to your internet service provider about managing abuse that is happening within their network. If this is a continuing issue and you are looking to edit xwiki, you can apply for an IP block exemption at SRGP; noting that as you are an admin at faWP, that right means excludes from that requirement for that wiki.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:43, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Global unblock for[edit]

Status:    changes to soft-block

Hello I come from and i wanted to edit a page in as always but I get this message -

"Your IP address has been blocked on all wikis. The block was made by Tegel ( The reason given is Cross-wiki spam. Start of block: 12 Korrik 2014 22:13 Expiry of block: 12 Tetor 2014 22:13 Your current IP address is Please include all above details in any queries you make. "

My last edit was yesterday but I am blocked from July 12, there must be some mistake, please help me. Visi90 (talk) 21:19, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

The block is because someone else has used that IP-address to add spam to different Wikipedia projects. You can get different IP-addresses every time you log onto internet, depending on what type of service your using, so there is no one saying that you have done anything wrong. I have change the block so you can login to your account and edit pages. -- Tegel (Talk) 22:05, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. Visi90 (talk) 22:30, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Global block/unblock for T-Mobile network[edit]

Status:    Done

I don't care that much about being unblocked. I can wait until I'm at my home computer. Just wanted to point out that my IP address on T-Mobile was blocked (presumably someone did something dumb from their phone). I know this wasn't me, because this is the first time I've tried to edit anything since I got T-Mobile service. So I assume T-Mobile recycles IP addresses, and for an IP based block system, this can be problematic for some.

Here's the message: Your IP address has been blocked on all wikis.

The block was made by Tegel ( The reason given is Cross-wiki abuse.

Start of block: 17:02, 25 July 2014Expiry of block: 17:02, 25 August 2014

Your current IP address is Please include all above details in any queries you make.

-- 06:47, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

This is a soft block, and if you are logged into your wikimedia account, then you should be able to edit. If you don't have an account, then you can get one at Special:CreateAccount  — billinghurst sDrewth 07:35, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
@Tegel: did you manage to get any further on your investigation of the range?  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:07, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Oh, see that this has been Yes check.svg Done.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:10, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Global block for[edit]

Status:    Done

For some days now, this IP does only vandalism and link-spamming, both cross-wiki. Perhaps an open proxy? --Schniggendiller (talk) 01:00, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

The abuse looks like it is broad through the internet, so block it for a little while.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:44, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Blocking of Major Cell Carriers IP's[edit]

Status:    Done

I have no clue how to use this thing and do not care to take the time to learn how to so I can dedicate more time to offering free expertise in editing. Thousands if not millions of smart phone users are unable to edit right now because of a block. As someone has made it difficult I will not edit here. It is likely the the one who blocked all the IPs of a major cell carrier (T Mobile) did not do any real research and failed to explore other solutions. It may also be done intentionally as a form of corporate sabotage from another carrier. T mobile would have a strong legal case against wiki if some wiki admin was involved in a sabotage scheme. I am not sure that is happening but this is the second time in months all T-mobile IP's have been blocked and it is becoming suspicious and tiring. I will not be back here as my time is far to valuable (I have a real life-Not an imaginary cyber one). So do what you believe needs to be done which is likely nothing. Sarcastic, Yes but absolutely brutally honest. The buck stops with wikipedia and no one else, period. 23:25, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for your feedback, I am seeking further information about the reason for the block from my fellow steward. To note that the block is a soft block, and people who are logged into their wikimedia accounts are unimpeded by the block. Re your conspiracy theory, no.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:51, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
This has been removed and being reviewed.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:09, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Global unblock for[edit]

Status:    Done

Hello, I would ask you to check if my IP being globally blocked was according to the guidelines?

  1. I did not vandalize at all.(1, 2)
  2. I do not think my IP is an open proxy.
  3. IPs are humans, too.

Thank you. -- 20:20, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

@TBloemink: one of yours, not sure of the source data that you had, so best refer onwards.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:06, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Done. — TBloemink talk 10:27, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
So you abused your stewardship with the sole intention to suppress a discussion on commons. -- 12:56, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Requests for global (un)lock and (un)hiding[edit]

Symbol comment vote.svg Note that global blocking currently only applies to IPs, due to a technical limitation. If you wish to request a named account for global [un]locking, please request a global [un]lock here instead. Be sure to follow the instructions below:
  • Your request might be rejected if your request doesn't include the necessary information.
  • Warning! This page is publicly viewable. If the account name is grossly insulting or contains personal information please contact a steward privately in #wikimedia-stewardsconnect or email your request to the stewards OTRS queue at but do not post it here. Thanks.
  • Warning! This is not the place to ask for locks based on your opinion that someone is disruptive. Global locks are used exclusively against vandalism and spam, not because of content disputes, not because you think that someone deserves to be globally blocked. In such cases, you should ask for local blocks at appropriate places.
Instructions for making a request

Before requesting that a global account be (un)locked, please be sure that:

  1. You have evidence of cross-wiki disruption from the account(s).
  2. You can show that it is not feasible to use local-only blocks or other measures like page protection to combat the disruption.
  3. You have considered making the request in #wikimedia-stewardsconnect, especially for account names which will be hidden, or for urgent requests.
To make a request for an account to be locked or unlocked
Copy the template below to the bottom of this section and explain why the account(s) should be locked/unlocked.
=== Global lock/unlock for [[User:Foo|Foo]] ===
{{status}} <!-- do not remove this template -->
*{{LockHide|username|hidename=1}} <!-- if you do not want the name to be visible on this page -->
Reasons, etc, --~~~~

See also[edit]