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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
Cross-wiki requests
Meta-Wiki 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[edit]

Status:    In progress

* cross-wiki-contribsIP inforobtexgblockglist Apparently I have been blocked by billinghurst for "Long-term abuse." I can't imagine what kind of "abuse" this refers to... I have been trying to complete a page on Japanese poet and scholar Mizuta, Noriko; I was trying to follow up on my reviewer's critiques that I needed to better document my sources. When I went to "edit" to add ISBNs for her books, I discovered I'd been blocked. Was there some mistake perhaps?

Thanks for your help! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Jordan28jordan1 (talk)

You are caught in a range block, it is unlikely to be specifically directed at you. @Billinghurst: to review if possible. QuiteUnusual (talk) 15:48, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Global block/unblock for[edit]

Status:    soft block only

Hi. This IP belongs to OVH-servers. I just rent one of theirs servers to use VPN-connection. Maybe someone was spamming from another IP (92.222.***) and you banned all of them by this mask. -- 11:40, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

Yes, that is correct. If you login to your Wikimedia account you still should be able to edit.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:30, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

Global block for[edit]

Status:    Domains can manage locally

This IP has been used off and on by locked sockmaster Jermboy27 for nearly 5 years. The IP was confirmed today by CU on Commons as still being used abusively here. The IP has also edited at as recently as Feb 2, including several telltale road-sign-related pages, which are Jermboy's known focus. INeverCry 05:31, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Due to the nature of the origin the IP, it would seem preferable to manage the IP address locally for Commons and enWP.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:34, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

Global block/unblock for[edit]

Status:    softened block, though not completely removed

IP address was blocked for five years starting in 2012 for unknown reasons, I have only had this IP address for three months. Would like to create an account -- 16:57, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

The IP range is problematic due to spambots (looking at what is in place). I have softened the block to allow logged in users to be able to edit, though do not think that removing it is best for spam management. Please create an account from outside of the IP range at Special:CreateAccount, then you should be able to edit with the change that I put into place. If you cannot create an account from outside the IP range, then we can look to temporarily suspending the block while you create your account.  — billinghurst sDrewth 14:58, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

Global unblock for[edit]

Status:    In progress

Hello, below is the message I received when I tried to edit a wiki article. I had no idea my PC was using "open proxies", and had to read up to find out what they were! Is there a setting in Mozilla whereby I can prevent an open proxy on my PC? The only option I can see is "No proxy". Would this prevent an open proxy from being used on my home PC? Also, is the "open proxy" the only reason I have been blocked? And what is a "colo"? Your IP address has been blocked on all wikis. The block was made by Vituzzu ( The reason given is Open proxy: colo hosting many open proxies.

   Start of block: 21:57, 10 September 2013
   Expiry of block: 21:57, 10 September 2018

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

If you believe you were blocked by mistake, you can find additional information and instructions in the No open proxies global policy.

—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)

Hi. Your block is part of a range block ( to the network because of abuse by other users. If you have already an account, you can ask for the ip-block-exempt permission temporary so it'll let you edit. If you don't have an account, the other solution would be to remove the global block, for which Vituzzu should be consulted as he did place the block. Best regards. -- M\A 19:19, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Which kind of connection were you using at time you were caught by the block? --Vituzzu (talk) 21:53, 3 March 2015 (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/unlock for MDCarchives[edit]

Status:    Not done

Violation of Role account, unconfirmed account for organization, likely used by multiple different people. ---- Cirt (talk) 20:30, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

 Not done That's not a universal policy - I know that for example, en.wikivoyage does allow role accounts. It would also eliminate the possibility of getting the account renamed. --Rschen7754 04:36, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Global unlock for William Pina[edit]

Status:    Not done

I was having a discussion of my new account, Bigwill91, but admins and stewards think that my account is a sock puppet. Usually, in order to clear the block, my account, William Pina, must be unlocked locally and talk page access should also be restored. Thanks. Regards, Bigwill(History) Timestamp: 02:49, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

First of all yeah, your current account's creation and use is avoiding a previous sanction. The correct procedure would have been to come here and ask for an unlock before creating your current account. That aside, please note that when you say "unlocked locally and talk page access should also be restored" you're conflating different things. You are locally blocked on enwiki, enwikinews and metawiki. You have then been globally locked (which is what prevents you from logging in). Even if the lock would be removed, you'd still have to convince the English Wikipedia to unblock you if you wanted to edit there on either account. From what I see on your local enwiki page, you seem to be claiming to have been editing there anonymously since having been blocked, which is an evasion of the sanctions placed on you there and will mean people there will not necessarily look too favorably on your request, but that's a local matter. As for the global request, which is the only matter we can act on from here, I have no issue unlocking if you indend to go back to that username and if the issues that lead to your local blocks and ultimately to the lock have been resolved since that measure was applied. Snowolf How can I help? 05:20, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
I asked you a question btw: why did you claimed to be Janagewen (talk • contribs • block • SULinfo • x-wiki • recent edits • CA) with one of the several IPs you did use to edit?--Vituzzu (talk) 18:41, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
I was not Janagewen, I was William Pina, my former account. To make constructive edits to Wikipedia, I have to first clear the block by using this request. Regards, Bigwill(History) Timestamp: 19:36, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Comment Comment Think that you should see whether you will be unblocked, and if enWP does that then we can look to unlocking.  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:59, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
I didn't ask you if you are "Janagewen" but why did you claim to be it. There won't be any unlock before you'll clarify why are you try fooling/trolling us. --Vituzzu (talk) 10:23, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
 Not done per the edits on the current account, which show no significant improvement in maturity, competence or constructiveness. Snowolf How can I help? 17:34, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Global unlock for Bigwill91[edit]

Status:    In progress

You see, now you locked my account globally with a global ban. Now I have to edit anonymously.

Could you unlock my account, please? 2602:306:CC2E:EFB0:3851:4AF:3ECB:155 17:06, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Your original account was subjected to multiple blocks as well as an account lock for persistent cross-wiki distruption. You created a new account to evade those blocks and the lock. The edits on this account are no better than they were on the previous one. You've been advised by multiple users on multiple wikis to modify your actions, including on this wiki not too long ago. In response, you've repeated the actions that were reverted and declined the advice. I do not see the change in behavior and maturity that I mentioned was needed in your other unlock request. I also note that if you are locked or blocked, you may not edit anonymously. That would be evading the block/lock and is not acceptable. To state that you will edit anonymously if not unlocked as the reason for why your account should be unlocked only reinforces the case that you are not here to edit constructively. Snowolf How can I help? 17:31, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
Don't need to edit anonymously, switched to WhiteWindow. WhiteWindow (talk) 17:41, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Question from[edit]

Status:    In progress

Ok, team. I've just started to get to know the wiki and I am working with science projects and would love to contribute. What are the reasons for blocked my account globally? It feels frustrated when I am just about to help and than getting blocked. So, Can you help me out here. And some wiki for dummies or 101 would be appreciated. Sure I am not only one here. My account is Kids Press Magazine. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)

Please read the Terms of Use, which is linked from the bottom of every page, as it describes the overarching system. Each of the wikis has their own specific set of rules. I would think that the common approach across all wikis is don't arrive and link spam.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:20, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

Global block/unblock for Porosenik[edit]

Status:    Done

Bypass the global block. [1] --— Green Zero обг 16:55, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 20:30, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Global lock/unlock for Fouinasserie[edit]

Status:    In progress

Cross-wiki vandalism. --The Polish (talk) 22:15, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

I do not see any vandalism. Ruslik (talk) 20:23, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
Look here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. --The Polish (talk) 20:59, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Global lock/unlock for Aas Mohammad Ali Ahmad‎[edit]

Status:    Done

Reason: New account(s) in a self-promo sockfarm abusing enwp, commons, simple, and Hindiwiki.

Thank you kindly. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 15:34, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

 Not done, "Aas Mohammad Ali Ahmad" is no global account--Shizhao (talk) 02:03, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done: I've locked the account. The link in the template above didn't work, I think because it adds "%E2%80%8E" to the URL. Mathonius (talk) 02:11, 4 March 2015 (UTC)


Status:    Done

PassionStand is a behaviorally confirmed sock of the globally locked account GarryWong. The account has engaged in cross-wiki canvassing of the exact same nature. Mike VTalk 21:28, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

Global lock for Bremepelpaso[edit]

Status:    Done

Global Spambot Would you remove his contribs also. --Pentachlorphenol (talk) 07:31, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done, Locked and tagged for deletion--Shanmugamp7 (talk) 07:41, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

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