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This page hosts requests for global (un)blocks, (un)locks and hidings.
  • For global IP block requests, read the guideline and make a request below. Indicate why a global block is necessary and for how long.
  • For account lock requests, read the guideline and post under Requests for global (un)lock and (un)hiding.

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 using this form or writing 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

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.
Global blocks don't affect Meta-Wiki, so if your IP address is blocked, you can still appeal here. IP addresses that cause disruption on Meta should be reported at Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat instead of here so that they can be blocked locally.
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 [[Special:Contributions/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 unblock for

Status:    In progress

I'm trying to upload photos to the Commons and it says there's a global block? "Your current IP address is, and the blocked range is" I have no idea what drama this is but it doesn't encompass me or the people I live with. Please un-block our address.

IP block exemption granted on Commons. Please make sure you follow the licensing policy when uploading photos. Basically, only upload photos you took, or with explicit permission from the photographer. Guanaco (talk) 04:32, 10 November 2017 (UTC)
@Lishuilynn: Suggest you make the request at SRIPBE. SA 13 Bro (talk) 05:01, 10 November 2017 (UTC)

Global block for

Status:    In progress

cross-wiki vandalism, actually it's the pikepass vandal based on behavior. e.g. simplewiki vandalism. ISP is Comcast Business, i.e. with static IP. -★- PlyrStar93. Message me. 01:56, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Global block for

Status:    In progress

Cross wiki spam, "global warming" guy. Tuanminh01 (talk) 11:02, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Requests for global (un)lock and (un)hiding

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 (direct wiki interface) 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 unlock for Diegusjaimes

Status:    On hold

Hi, I'm not a normal IP. I am the same user. I can't edit with my original account, because this actually locked, and i can't access its. I request unlock and ask for forgiveness for the damages caused at this time. Thanks in advance -- 03:25, 27 July 2017 (UTC) PD: Sorry for my english

To the Stewards, Bernard is a CU and can confirm a new block evasion [1] --Ks-M9 [disc.] 16:24, 28 July 2017 (UTC).
I created it simply to continue editing. There is no vandalism or anything bad. I am worried that Wikipedia in Spanish will be so drastic with users who want to edit for the first time, or who want to resume editing, and I am also puzzled by the fact that they consider everyone as a "toxic element" to Anyone who gets blocked. 18:23, 28 July 2017 (UTC) PD: The last text is traduced by Google"
See w:WP:BE and w:WP:SOCK - Using other account to continue editing while blocked is not permitted in most Wikimedia projects, even if the editor only makes good edits.
  • For Diegusjaimes: I suggest you do no edit in Spanish Wikipedia, using any account or anonymously, in no less than six months (i.e. until at least 2018-1-29) and request an unblock there. You're free to contribute other Wikimedia projects once you are unlocked.
  • For stewards: I think the account can be unlocked as long as there're no longer crosswiki issue. This allows user to make significant and useful contributions to other WMF projects (which is beneficial for unblocking in eswiki).

--GZWDer (talk) 19:18, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

Comment. I believe that the initial lock is wrong on a number of grounds. 1) Socking has no impact upon the use of the primary account. 2) Socks are not against WMF terms and use, and the use of global lock is not for this purpose of locking primary accounts. If the user is to be excluded we should be using a consensus of the community discussed in a global ban rather than summary exclusion by judge and jury stewardry.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:07, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

Global unlock for Celestianpower

Status:    In progress

I am not sure why my account was blocked in the first place. It says my account was compromised and so globally blocked, but I see no evidence of this in my contributions. I used to be an administrator on en-wikipedia and en-wiktionary but I have been inactive for a while. Looking to make some sporadic edits, but unable to log in. The message on my en-wikipedia talk page says that I should contact a steward to have it reversed. Is this the correct channel for that? Thanks! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 22:30, 29 October 2017‎ (UTC)

Your account was locked by WMF staff due to account compromised in the past. @Tim Starling (WMF): There is a unlock requests issue at here. SA 13 Bro (talk) 23:25, 29 October 2017 (UTC)
I was watching filtered authentication logs and saw the attacker successfully log in to your account in real time. So I locked it immediately, before they were able to do any damage. This attacker typically defaced the English Wikipedia main page within minutes of each account compromise, so it was important to act quickly. The attacker was using publicly available password databases from other websites, such as Yahoo and LinkedIn, correlating email addresses with user names, and trying the passwords against Wikipedia. So it's important that you change your password on any website where you've been using it. See -- Tim Starling (WMF) (talk) 23:47, 29 October 2017 (UTC)
@Tim Starling (WMF): Thank you for alerting me. That's quite worrying. So if I change my password, am I able to continue using this account? Thanks 00:04, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
Yes, you can continue to use that account. I assume you still have access to your email? A steward should contact you, confirm your identity, unlock your account, and give you advice on setting up 2FA. -- Tim Starling (WMF) (talk) 02:00, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
@Tim Starling (WMF): That's great news. Happy to set up 2FA. When might a steward contact me and through what channel? Email? Thanks, 12:41, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
You should e-mail if you want your account unlocked. Ruslik (talk) 19:47, 30 October 2017 (UTC)

Global unlock for Trần Đình Phong

Status:    In progress

I tried to log in over 5 times because I could not remember my password. I reset password and logged in again. Then I got the message "You cannot log in because your account is globally locked." I need this account for my work. Thanks! -- 13:06, 11 November 2017 (UTC)

@Ruslik0: do you have any insight about this? – Ajraddatz (talk) 08:37, 12 November 2017 (UTC)
This is related to Special:CentralAuth/Roterot and other accounts. Ruslik (talk) 13:40, 12 November 2017 (UTC)
Can my account be restored back? What should I do now?

Global lock for Shiwam Kumar Sriwastaw's socks

Status:    Not done

Group 1 - enwiki CU confirmed:

Group 2 - Shiwam Kumar related edits at enwiki:

Group 3 - Commons indef'ed accounts:

The socks still create accounts at different wikis when one gets blocked at one wiki. For example, Preeta Arora was blocked at Commons on Nov 8th, but autocreateaccount at English Wikipedia on Nov 10th. -★- PlyrStar93. Message me. 18:54, 11 November 2017 (UTC)

Also this new one, uploading copyvios at commons and cross-wiki abuse at hiwiki and enwiki. Guanaco (talk) 11:48, 12 November 2017 (UTC)

It doesn't seem like these require locking. All only have edits on one project, and are stale. – Ajraddatz (talk) 01:55, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Shameel Done + sock

Status:    Done

Cross-wiki abuse (Commons and enwiki) - abusing multiple accounts. -★- PlyrStar93. Message me. 17:10, 12 November 2017 (UTC)

Locked. – Ajraddatz (talk) 01:55, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Shiwam Kumar Sriwastaw socks

Status:    Done

Blocked at enwiki and/or commons. -★- PlyrStar93. Message me. 14:10, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

This account also, thanks to Guanaco. SA 13 Bro (talk) 19:32, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Locked these ones, as there is xwiki abuse. – Ajraddatz (talk) 01:56, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Swinslokw

Hi I Just Saw you blocked my IP so i can't do any modification on Modern Family anymore. I also don't understand why it's written that i began to be blocked from july 18 th 2015 as i could modify any pages on november 1st 2017. --Swinslokw

Global lock for another Shiwam Kumar Sriwastaw socks

Status:    Done

Socks of a globally locked account Shiwam Kumar Sriwastaw. –theinstantmatrix (talk) 08:09, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Done. RadiX 03:40, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Unblocked WP0 suspects

Status:    Done

All account created on Commons with the sole purpose of uploading copyrighted material. --Dispenser (talk) 12:43, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Done. RadiX 03:25, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Giovediundeo

Status:    Done

Crosswiki copyvio vandalisms (by now 6 Wikipedias and Commons) in write-only despite warnings, rollbacks and deletions. On Commons, I found this DR (second request after October 29) and noticed that author's talk is full of warnings for copyvio (11 from October 25). Despite any warnings the user continues to upload non-free portraits (as own works) of French and Italian politicians, and substitutes 'em with "his" pictures (some examples at enwiki (with an edit war too -note: all edits rollbacked), frwiki despite a rollback, eswiki, ruwiki, svwiki, itwiki, where he was indef banned as SP). The other pictures, some views of Italian towns (also tagged as own works), are very similar to Google Street View images (some examples: 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc...). To confirm my suspects about Street View, I did an attempt. I searched for "Chiesa Pollenza" on Google Maps and found this GSW image: perfectly identical. Please, note the 3 cars in both pictures: the white and long one, the light blue and the silver one. Btw, the user seems not interested to the concepts of collaboration and copyright. --Dэя-Бøяg 21:44, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 18:20, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Xmelitta

Status:    Done

WP0 abusers. --jdx Re: 00:48, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg DoneDefender (talk) 01:40, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for LaurenCox600 socks

Status:    Done

Vandalism. Sockpuppet of globally locked vandalism user LaurenCox600 (talk · contribs).

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 18:18, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for KimberWhiting3 socks

Status:    Done

Spam Jon Kolbert (talk) 10:19, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Locked. – Ajraddatz (talk) 10:26, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Justo Jamba

Status:    Done

WP0 abusers. --jdx Re: 15:46, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg DoneDefender (talk) 01:02, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Abhisk1

Status:    Done

Spam Jon Kolbert (talk) 17:16, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Locked. – Ajraddatz (talk) 02:00, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for EdgarAngola

Status:    Done

WP0 abusers. --jdx Re: 01:17, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg DoneDefender (talk) 03:08, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for user bad name

Status:    Done

User bad name. 12:43, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Already locked by Tegel. Linedwell [talk] 12:49, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Diveros News

Status:    Done

WP0 abuser. --jdx Re: 13:58, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Trijnsteltalk 14:09, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Angola Only

Status:    Done

WP0 abusers. --jdx Re: 14:39, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Already Yes check.svg Done by Vituzzu. Trijnsteltalk 14:54, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Bob Kennedy

Status:    Done

Cross-wiki vandalism Jon Kolbert (talk) 18:55, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Done. Stryn (talk) 18:57, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Bob Kennedy 2

Status:    Done

Sock of above. Zhangj1079 (Saluton!) 19:03, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Done Stryn (talk) 19:06, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for KylieStarzz

Status:    In progress

Cross-wiki abuse. -★- PlyrStar93. Message me. 19:45, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Shiwam Kumar Sriwastaw

Status:    In progress

New socks of Shiwam Kumar Sriwastaw, all created this month, blocked at enwiki and/or commons. -★- PlyrStar93. Message me. 19:52, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Manda Langsa

Status:    In progress

New sock of Manda 1993 (Long-term abuse). -ArdiPras95 (talk) 02:23, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Francis News

Status:    Done

WP0 abusers. --jdx Re: 08:27, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done--Vituzzu (talk) 13:45, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Fernando News

Status:    In progress

WP0 abusers. --jdx Re: 14:58, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

See also