2017 Community Wishlist Survey/Admins and stewards/Allow further user block options ("can edit XY" etc.)

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  • Problem: Currently admins can only block an account from editing any page at all, or with the one exception of that user's own talk page. If a blocked user is granted the right to edit exclusively on a specific page or on a defined number of pages, the block has to be lifted totally. Users might misunderstand the intention of their block being lifted and edit pages they should not edit as they are still blocked de jure. Other possible options for an improved blocking tool are definable lists of pages a user can edit, a block that only targets non-talk pages, or blocks that are only targetted to uploads or the wikimail function.
  • Who would benefit: Administrators and blocked users
  • Proposed solution:
    • Implement an option "user can edit {local site for appealing a block}" in the general block options
    • Implement an option "user can edit pages defined by {some regular expression}" in the general block options
    • Implement an option "user can edit talk pages" in the general block options
    • Implement an option for disallowing a user from sending wikimails that works without blocking that user from editing in the project itself.
    • Implement an option for disallowing a user only to upload files.
  • More comments:
  • Proposer: → «« Man77 »» [de] 19:36, 14 November 2017 (UTC)


  • good idea. maybe add a possibility to block only specific namespace. For example block the main namespace but not draft namespace. - yona B. (D) 13:26, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
    • added → «« Man77 »» [de] 18:28, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
  • For some of my research into blocking tools, I've found several other requests for similar functionality to add extra levels of granularity into blocking tools. Here's a list of what I've found so far. I think this would be a very beneficial feature to explore/build. We'll need to decide how all of this is logged and stored appropriately. — Trevor Bolliger, WMF Product Manager 🗨 18:56, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
  • We Steward often have problems with abusive uploads by accounts in specific ranges, for example filesharing on Wikimedia Commons through Wikipedia Zero. If we could disallow uploads for IPs or IP ranges, that would help a lot.
  • Further, we have trolls which only create abusive user names but rarely edit. At the moment, we can only full-block ranges when it would be more useful to only disallow account creations while users could still edit. Can you add that to this proposal, should I ask at #Specialised blocks, or should I create another proposal, Man77? —DerHexer (Talk) 13:12, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
    • DerHexer: Please feel free to add further options to the list above, if you think it fits in here. For my part, I think that IP range block options could also be dealt with separately. However, the better strategy could also be not to atomize the proposals in order to get all the votes her ;) → «« Man77 »» [de] 14:00, 18 November 2017 (UTC)