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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 block/unblock for Andrew D. Roper[edit]

Status:    cannot be undertaken

Hello, Why is my account global locked? please let me know. Thanks. Regards. --Andrew D. Roper (talk) 07:23, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

I do not see any global lock on your account or a global block on that IP. However, I see multiple local blocks on some of your accounts for spamming, which I would advise you to stop. Snowolf How can I help? 17:15, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
There is no global block, please address at the wiki of concern.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:14, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Global block/unblock for Minhtrinews[edit]

Status:    cannot be undertaken

Hello, Why is my account global locked? please let me know. Thanks. Regards. --Minhtrinews (talk) 18:21, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

No global block, please look for resolution at the local wiki of issue. Please also note local policies about sock accounts.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:16, 3 September 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, --~~~~

Global lock for ShaneLohman[edit]

Status:    Done

Spambot. Alan (talk) 09:49, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done thx  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:56, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Global lock for 0坚挺火腿0[edit]

Status:    Done

Impersonation, sock of en:WP:WIKINGER, xwiki abuse. --GZWDer (talk) 12:21, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done--Shanmugamp7 (talk) 02:24, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Global lock for Nicolás Miranda (WMAR)[edit]

Status:    Done

This user is no longer a Wikimedia Argentina employee since August 22th. Considering that this is an instituional account, I request a global block to avoid further editions. --Banfield - Reclamos aquí 00:56, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Would you mind verifying this somehow? I believe you, but we have to be sure before we lock... --Rschen7754 00:59, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
An example of verification would be a statement by one of the executive of WMAR.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:30, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
I hereby confirm that Mr. Miranda is no longer part of Wikimedia Argentina staff, and we would therefore appreciate if his account could be either blocked and/or globally renamed to remove the "WMAR" tag. For the record, Banfield is the Deputy Treasurer of our organization. Thanks for your time and consideration. Galileo Vidoni, Presidente, A. C. Wikimedia Argentina. --Galio (talk) 02:17, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done as a lock, with a comment that the user may request an unlock with an associated rename. The preceding unsigned comment was added by Billinghurst (talk • contribs) 05:10, 1 September 2014 (UTC).

Global lock for MargareVLC[edit]

Status:    Done

Spambot (See filter log on es.wikivoyage. --Alan (talk) 12:54, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Hecho. Un abrazo, Savhñ 13:02, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Global lock for Minhtrinews and Andrew D. Roper[edit]

Status:    Not done

Cross-wiki spam --Schniggendiller (talk) 14:38, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

The user is not a spambot, but a spammer, and filed a request above, let's see if we can talk with them instead of having to lock things. Snowolf How can I help? 17:16, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
And Andrew kept spamming after your warning above. XenonX3 (talk) 11:07, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
These issues need a local resolution by discussion and explanation, not locking so that more socks are created. By the person being here they seem to be willing to engage, so it is premature to lock the accounts.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:25, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Global lock for JonathoNez and ZBFSherrie[edit]

Status:    Done

Spambot. See abusefilter log: log. Thanks. --Alan (talk) 16:11, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

And other spambot: abusefilter log. --Alan (talk) 16:14, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Thx.  — billinghurst sDrewth

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