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What is a global block?[edit]

Global blocking is a tool that allows stewards to block problematic IP addresses or IP ranges across all Wikimedia Foundation projects, to stop or reduce vandalism, spam or other innapropriate behaviour damaging our sites.

Right, but I don't know why I've been blocked. Can you help me?[edit]

All globally blocked users will receive a message with the blocking data containing: the IP or IP range blocked, start of the block, end of the block, blocking user, block ID number and a reason for the block. Please carefully review that data.

If you are a registered user[edit]

  • Explanation: While global blocks only apply to IP addresses or IP ranges, depending on the configuration of the global block, registered users using that IP or CIDR can be prevented as well from editting our sites. This does not mean that we have blocked you. In most cases, you may be assigned by your ISP a dynamic IP which we've blocked or you're on an IP range that we've blocked, because somebody else on that IP or IP range infringed the rules.
  • What can you do:

Unregistered contributors[edit]

  • Explanation: If you did nothing wrong and you are being blocked, you may be assigned by your ISP a dynamic IP which we've blocked or you're on an IP range that we've blocked, because somebody else on that IP or IP range infringed the rules.
  • What can you do:
    • On your talk page, you can post an unblock request. Please click here to do this, and be sure to include the block message to help us locate the block in the logs.
    • If you are an experienced editor, you can ask at Steward requests/Global that the global block be amended or removed.
    • You can send the stewards an email to the address stewards(at)wikimedia.org with the data you've received from the block message and your remarks.
    • If the block is set to apply to IP addresses or IP ranges for unregistered users only, you can ask the stewards to create an account for you at the email address above (you should provide the stewards with a desired username and a valid and working email address where a random password generated by the system will be sent to you).
    • You can also see the Request an Account service to request an account using an interactive form.

Special cases[edit]

  • Open proxies, TOR exit nodes, VPN tunnels and other annonymizing services: it is Wikimedia policy (see no open proxies) to block all of this due to its potential for abuse. If you need to use one of this (for example, because there's censorship in your country) please follow the procedure outlined above for registered users or unregistered contributors as appropriate.
  • Blocks performed by the Wikimedia Foundation: Blocks performed by the Wikimedia Foundation office, any of its departments or employees can only be amended or removed by the Wikimedia Foundation itself (see office actions). In this case please email ca(at)wikimedia.org or legal(at)wikimedia.org. They are the only one able to address any questions or complaints on this type of blocks.

I have further questions, where I can raise them?[edit]

You can ask further questions in the following pages: