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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, ping the steward who globally blocked the IP address using the code {{ping|USERNAME}} so that they are notified about 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 contact the stewards using this form or sending a direct email to stewards(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: stewards(at)

Global lock for 2001:888::/30

Status:    Not done

Possible open proxy. Marshmallych talk 13:44, 19 July 2018 (UTC)

Whaaat? @Marshmallych: do you realize how large a /30 is in IPv6? And because of only one problematical IP? Stewards, please, block specifically
instead. Used by Wikinger and/or Liza_Veniza. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 14:28, 19 July 2018 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done an IPv6 /30 is 316912650057057350374175801344 hosts. - TNT 💖 14:37, 19 July 2018 (UTC)

Global block for

Status:    In progress

Open proxy located in Madison, Wisconsin (US). No open proxies are allowed according to policies (vandalisms are not a prerequisite for a block). --Ittevilo (talk) 18:00, 19 July 2018 (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 stewards(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.
  • If you are globally locked, you may appeal here without logging in. If you don't want to leak your IP address, you can also appeal your lock to
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 for Simon 1996

Status:    In progress

Cross-wiki abuse. Sock account Jerry Bill Wu has already been globally locked back on July 6. The main account is currently blocked on and; the user probably should have been blocked on a long time ago as their talk page there indicates they are engaging in the same kind of disruptive editing which led to their initial block on in the first place. On a lesser note, the user has been persistently e-mailing me by Special:EmailUser through and If something can be done about that too, that would be great. Regards, Alex Shih (talk) 01:34, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

  • 可以先看我的辯解嗎?
    • Alex Shih,請不要鎖定我,我不是有意騷擾你,但是英文維基百科被封鎖對我而言太不公平了! Simon 1996 (talk) 02:01, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
    • 英文維基百科被封禁時我正在做2018年亞洲運動會的編輯,封禁我就無法做編輯。Simon 1996 (talk) 03:14, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
      • Suggest lock to 2019 June 6 to match zh-wiki Hhkohh (talk) 14:09, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
      • Accounts can not be locked temporarily. See phab:T17294 and phab:T196955.--GZWDer (talk) 18:35, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
        • But I do not see any good reason that he should lock indef because zh-wiki only blocked him 6 months Hhkohh (talk) 13:59, 17 July 2018 (UTC)
  • I suppose the stewards are hesitant to perform a global lock on this account because the block on is only six months, therefore not meeting the conventional standards for global lock (indefinite blocks on multiple individual wikis). I suspect the block is only six months due to difference in local policy. Pinging three admins that have dealt with this account recently: Kuailong, Ch.Andrew and Outlookxp. Sorry to ping you all, but may I ask if the account activity for this user is grounds for indefinite block on Chinese Wikipedia? Alex Shih (talk) 10:30, 20 July 2018 (UTC)
    • Alex Shih: Thank you for the notification. It's seen that Simon 1996 is at a loss what to do, beacuse Simon doesn't know how to use {{ping}} or leave a message in others user talk page.(zh:Special:diff/50318559) Truly, Simon isn't familiar with many wikipedia rules, so we should give more chances and teachings for newbie editor.--Ch.Andrew (talk) 12:42, 20 July 2018 (UTC)
      • (edit conflict) Ch.Andrew, thank you very much for your input. I respectfully disagree with your assessment however. I've read the talk page of this user, and it appears to me that they have, for the past one year or so, persistently ignored warnings from a number of different editors on multiple occasions, and continued with mass creation of untranslated pages/low quality translations which is one of the main reasons that led to many of their blocks on Chinese Wikipedia. And this is to ignore the fact they have created a sock puppet account to evade their active block on Chinese Wikipedia, and refused to admit so by apparently (astonishingly) using a bizarre analogy ([1], also posted below this comment). Personally I think it is a stretch to call a 2+ years old account with 24,000+ edits ([2]) as "newbie editor". Alex Shih (talk) 12:56, 20 July 2018 (UTC)
      • To clarify what I am asking here: if the local policy at indicates that the activity of this account in addition to being a sockmaster is not ground for indefinite block, then I have nothing to ask here as it is becoming apparent that the stewards would unlikely take any action if that is the case. Alex Shih (talk) 13:06, 20 July 2018 (UTC)
      • "User B is User A's sock puppetry" and "User A is User B's sock puppetry" are different cases, don't you feel contradictory? These cases are very unreasonable! I think some Administrators possible insult Chinese users due USA-Other country's trade dispute. Simon 1996 (talk) 14:57, 20 July 2018 (UTC)
      • Alex Shih "User B is User A's sock puppetry" and "User A is User B's sock puppetry" are different cases Simon 1996 (talk) 14:57, 20 July 2018 (UTC)
        • Simon 1996: No more excuses, I'm very disappointed with you. It is dishonest to lie about one's sockpuppet. What do you think you are doing? If you would go in spite of our warnings, I can't help you any more.--Ch.Andrew (talk) 08:15, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for LTA IPhonehurricane95 socks

Status:    In progress

Behaviorally identical to the LTA User:IPhonehurricane95. You can see this [3] [4] for more info on his behavior. The newest socks, YoghurtYoghurtYoghurt and Namedmaker, were created about a week ago, and repeated the same vandalism that IPH95 was known for, including references to UAK ("UnderArmourKid"), vandalism in tropical cyclone articles, personal attacks, 9/11 vandalism (some of the vandalism was performed using an IP sock). Incidentally, IPhonehurricane95 was the one who started the 9/11 imagery vandalism, using his sock account UnderArmourKid, which inspired another vandal to create an entirely new sockfarm based on mimicking IPH95's vandalism. IPH95 was also known for attacking members of WikiProject: Tropical cyclones and blocking administrators, and performing 9/11 imagery vandalism in his talk page. Examples of the recent vandalism in the past month include: [5] [6] [7] [8], and also this "should die in 9/11", which is awfully similar to this older attack: "I wish you had died in 9/11". I also included several cross-wiki socks of IPhonehurricane95 that haven't been locked yet - they all exhibit the same disruptive behavior that IPH95 was known for (e.g. this and this familiar unblock "request"). The last 5 accounts listed were confirmed to each other, and "Gfghgfghb" is identical to a naming pattern used by this LTA, and it was created only minutes after a mass socking spree by IPH95. Some time ago, Stewards took a "Lock-on-Sight" approach to this LTA, due to the severity of his abuse. Please lock all of these accounts, and also scan the first 2 accounts for sleepers. Even if the 2 newer accounts were created by an impostor, this kind of conduct should not be tolerated on any Wikimedia Project. LightandDark2000 (talk) 22:14, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

By the way, "Namedmaker" should be checked against other recent UAK socks, just in case this account is actually an "UnderArmourKid"/Lighting Sabre sock (some of the targeted articles overlap, but their actual vandalism styles appear to be somewhat different). Please also scan this IP range for sleepers: cross-wiki-contribs ST IP info robtexgblockglist. IPH95 appears to have been active recently on this range, and the range contribs also indicates that another unrelated vandal has been actively vandalizing articles (and also creating sock accounts) within the past week. LightandDark2000 (talk) 22:14, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for socks of Aurora de Ulloa

Status:    In progress

Socks of Aurora de Ulloa, previously locked by There'sNoTime and confirmed at a RFCU on Commons. Hiàn (talk) 21:25, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for socks of Avoided (or an impostor)

Status:    In progress

Please lock his socks, check the underlying IPs and block IPs and (if found) as well additional accounts. A block for found IP ranges should be considered. If blocked locally, but not locked globally, it could end like this. Avoided (and his impostors) are located in Germany and Austria, IP adresses found from other than these countries are probably open proxies and should be blocked for 1 year. Regards --Schniggendiller (talk) 23:42, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

Regards --Schniggendiller (talk) 15:25, 19 July 2018 (UTC)
--Schniggendiller (talk) 21:25, 19 July 2018 (UTC)
--Schniggendiller (talk) 23:51, 20 July 2018 (UTC)
--Schniggendiller (talk) 19:47, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
--Schniggendiller (talk) 12:34, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Smothuji

Status:    In progress

Sock of globally locked Fritella. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 12:21, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Fanoftheworld socks

Status:    In progress

Confirmed socks of globally locked user Fanoftheworld. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 15:31, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for XX NazBol Gang Xx

Status:    In progress

Cross-wiki abuse. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 16:41, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Anonymus 88 socks

Status:    In progress

CU confirmed socks of Anonymus 88. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 17:38, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for HMRaya 4

Status:    In progress

Manda 1993 sock. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 23:20, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Cruizir troll accounts

Status:    In progress

Long-term abuse. SA 13 Bro (talk) 00:50, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Profmuhammed

Status:    In progress

Cross-wiki abuse, spamming. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 02:42, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for EnglishEfternamn socks

Status:    Done

Socks of EnglishEfternamn, LTA. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 03:01, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Long-term abuse. SA 13 Bro (talk) 04:29, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done, CUing - TNT 💖 17:55, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Ferrarinn

Status:    Already done

Sock of Cruizir. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 03:34, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Done by Bsadowski1. SA 13 Bro (talk) 16:49, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Elysedon

Status:    In progress

Sock of Skiyomi/Sierpnia and some others. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 03:54, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for spambots

Status:    In progress

Spambots. Esteban16 (talk) 04:34, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for SimpsonsSpongeBobDrakeSouthParkFastFood

Status:    In progress

Sock of WhenDatHotlineBling. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 05:13, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Прелестный

Status:    Already done

Cross-wiki abuse. Liza Veniza --Tractopelle-jaune (talk) 11:36, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Done by Tegel. SA 13 Bro (talk) 16:51, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Opera SAJGAS

Status:    Done

WP0 abuse. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 12:31, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done - TNT 💖 17:51, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for LovelyGirl7 sock

Status:    In progress

Long-term abuse. SA 13 Bro (talk) 13:20, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for BusyBagpussMices

Status:    In progress

Sock of Dopenguins. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 19:35, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock spam accounts

Status:    Done

Spambot. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 14:48, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done - TNT 💖 17:48, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for NDC (影武者) sock

Status:    In progress

Long-term abuse. SA 13 Bro (talk) 15:44, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Manda spam

Status:    In progress

long-term abuse Manda 1993 spam accounts. RaymondSutanto (talk) 16:09, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Shiwam Kumar Sriwastaw socks

Status:    In progress

Long-term abuse. --Hiàn (talk) 17:55, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

See also