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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 stewards-at-wikimedia.org.
Note: (un)blocks apply to IP addresses; and (un)locks apply to global accounts
Crosswiki requests
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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 http://www.whatismyip.com/
You are not required to disclose your IP in public - you may make requests privately to any steward on IRC or by email at:
stewards-at-wikimedia.org


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 stewards-at-wikimedia.org 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}}
*{{LockHide|username|hidename=1}} <!-- if you do not want the name to be visible on this page -->
*...
Reasons, etc, --~~~~

Global lock for Unypoly's socks[edit]

Status:    In progress

Unypoly's sock 눈코잆 (talk • contribs • block • SULinfo • x-wiki • recent edits • CA) (locked) admitted that these accounts belong to him, by ko:Special:Diff/12927603 Revicomplaint? 14:41, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

He admitted it, but did they admit it too? --MF-W 11:49, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

Global lock/unlock for Adi Vancica[edit]

Status:    In progress

Please consider globally locking the above-noted account, which appears to be a sockpuppet of the cross-wiki vandal Beleiutz. It is active on several wikis. See Vandalism reports#Long-term, recurrent vandalism [1] and en:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Beleiutz for evidence. —Psychonaut (talk) 15:36, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

The report Psychonaut references was pulled from archive today, it was old, from January. I moved it to Vandalism reports/Beleiutz and organized it. As organized, it shows that the only activity alleged to be Beleiutz in the last few months is Adi Vancica, and that account is not being disruptive. The only reference to Adi Vancica in the report is in Vandalism reports/Beleiutz#Recent activity, to Psychonaut's still-open filing on en.wikipedia of a suspected sock puppet report. Adi Vancica is blocked nowhere. --Abd (talk) 00:19, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
I'm mystified as to why Abd is treating Beleiutz as a new phenomenon. The document he's moved to Vandalism reports/Beleiutz is not "old"; it is a long term vandalism report which has been continuously updated since its original posting, and documents disruption and remedies going back several years. The account above is a solid behavioural match for Beleiutz. Over the last year or two dozens of socks and IPs have already been blocked on individual wikis, or globally locked here on Meta, on the basis of similar evidence. That English Wikipedia hasn't gotten around to blocking this latest incarnation yet is hardly surprising, given that en:WP:SPI there currently has nearly a backlog of nearly three weeks. I posted the SPI there before realizing that this particular sock, like some others, is active across several different wikis, and therefore needs to be dealt with centrally. —Psychonaut (talk) 06:54, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
Never mind; I understand now what is going on here. Adi Vancica is already blocked as a duck sock on Commons. If stewards need another block before implementing a global lock then I'm sure the en-wiki and ro-wiki admins will get around to it soon. —Psychonaut (talk) 10:13, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

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