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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:    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 block for[edit]

Status:    In progress

Cross-wiki vandalism. Érico Wouters (msg) 02:08, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Sorry, where is vandalism? Ruslik (talk) 20:21, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
Please, see the block logs: English Wikipedia, Portuguese Wikipedia and Italian Wikipedia. Érico Wouters (msg) 01:20, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Global block/unblock for[edit]

Status:    In progress

Open proxy blocked on kowiki and jawiki. This IP is open proxy per [1] and [2]. --콩가루 (talk) 06:14, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Global block for[edit]

Status:    In progress

Dele T179.108.248.13

I think this one should be unblocked. Ruslik (talk) 20:28, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
Must be unlocked not have much reason to is locked for so long. Rota121 (talk) 07:39, 26 February 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:    In progress

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)

Global unlock for Cmach7[edit]

Status:    In progress

Look, I understand that I was being disruptive on only one wikimedia project. There was no other disruptions on other wikimedia projects that I was in. Not blocked on other wikimedia projects, just enwikipedia. But that was a year ago. Since late January of 2014, I took a break from all of Wikimedia. Having more than one user account I now know is bad, but I did learn from being blocked from and not being able to edit on there. Now I understand that cross-wiki abuse is when a user is disruptive on other wikis besides the one he/she was blocked on in the first place. I must say that my edits on other wikis besides enwikipedia weren't disruptive. Those contributions were all clean on all wikis except for I have to say that because it wasn't right to lock accounts for cross-wiki abuse and I didn't troll or vandalize on any other wikis other than the Wikipedia in English. Thanks and have a good day. 01:45, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

What do you have to say about sk:Wikipédia:Žiadosť o práva správcu/Cmach7? Or [3] or [4] ? --Rschen7754 02:27, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
They weren't disruptive on those wikis. 17:49, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Global lock/unlock for Aas Mohammad Ali khan Abbasi[edit]

Status:    In progress

Account in section title and others:

And could you please delete his creations too:

Reason: All part of a self-promo sockfarm abusing enwp, commons, and simple.

See also:

Thank you kindly. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 05:56, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Locked all. Thanks for reporting here :) Ajraddatz (talk) 06:21, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

A few more:

Anna Frodesiak (talk) 06:46, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done, all locked. The simplewiki deletions will have to be have been handled locally. QuiteUnusual (talk) 10:44, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

Sorry, one more:

Understood about simplewiki. Thank you. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 11:49, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

See also[edit]