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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 stewards-at-wikimedia.org.

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.
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 http://www.whatismyip.com/
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-wikimedia.org

Global block for two ranges[edit]

Status:    In progress
Status:    In progress

Spot checks show these ranges riddled with open proxies, some of which were recently used for evasion of edit warring/vandalism blocks on en.wiki. --Ks0stm (TCGE) 20:54, 11 September 2017 (UTC)

Global block for 120.42.186.86[edit]

Status:    In progress

Vandalism (flags). --Buggia 08:18, 16 September 2017 (UTC)

Global block 2600:1003:b440::/44 range[edit]

Status:    In progress

Long-term abuse; open proxy server. Locked in enwiki. Пугачов Иван Петрович (talk) 19:26, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Global block 2600:8800::/28 range[edit]

Status:    In progress

Long-term abuse; open proxy server. Locked in enwiki enwiki. Пугачов Иван Петрович (talk) 20:05, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Global unblock for 178.213.184.0/21[edit]

Status:    In progress

It was reported on Facebook by a user that this global block affects him. It seems that this range is actually the range of Skynet - a local ISP in the city of Brovary. @RadiX:. --Base (talk) 20:33, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Whois Gateway for 178.213.184.0 — the second range of Sky-Net, microdistrict-range cable (ethernet) ISP in Brovary. --ReAl (talk) 19:45, 18 September 2017 (UTC)
Hello. This IP range has been abused for spam lately. It is only a soft block, so they can still log into their accounts. Otherwise they may consider asking us to create an account for them. Best, RadiX 02:49, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Global unblock for 83.24.0.0/16[edit]

Status:    In progress

No abuse. --83.18.191.198 07:00, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

Global unblock for 83.28.0.0/16[edit]

Status:    In progress

No abuse. --83.18.191.198 07:00, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

Global unblock for 83.31.0.0/16[edit]

Status:    In progress

No abuse. --83.18.191.198 07:00, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

Global block for 112.217.228.212[edit]

Status:    In progress

Open proxy. Reported by whatismyipaddress.com as a potential spam source, too. Also currently blocked on en.wiki for two years. 180.18.245.75 20:24, 20 September 2017 (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 stewards-at-wikimedia.org (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}}
*{{LockHide|username|hidename=1}} <!-- if you do not want the name to be visible on this page -->
*...
Reasons, etc, --~~~~

Global lock/unlock for Martimc123[edit]

Status:    On hold

Well I wanted to be unlocked because I wanted to appeal in my account and I know I did many mistakes but I wanted to start from somewhere that's why I wanted to be unlocked well if could, Thanks for your time --109.49.183.212 11:40, 12 July 2017 (UTC)

This request is being discussed. RadiX 12:53, 12 July 2017 (UTC)
Please note the discussion on my talk as well. —DoRD talk 13:38, 12 July 2017 (UTC)

Do you know what yes include that if want do you know what I don't have any secrets and I want to start from somewhere, so please note that I want one more chance. Thanks for your time 109.49.183.212 13:41, 12 July 2017 (UTC)

Global unlock for Diegusjaimes[edit]

Status:    In progress

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 --181.61.83.227 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. 181.61.83.227 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 lock/unlock for 이강철 양념파닭[edit]

Status:    In progress

Impersonation: This account impersonate User:이강철 & User:양념파닭

Vandalism: This account is suspected.

  • This Account created on zh.wikipedia and contributed numerous wikis.

--이강철 (talk) 12:12, 2 September 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Mikemikev[edit]

Status:    In progress

Cross-wiki impersonation sock puppetry and disruption, see checkuser request for Sci-fi- . The puppet master is probably Mikemikev, see the Wikipedia SPI archive. The duck test: Mikemikev has been accused on RationalWiki as having created accounts with some of the above names. Mikemikev has an interest in w:John Fuerst, and, from off-wiki conflict, an interest in Ben Steigmann. Sole edit of AlienMan99 was an upload of commons:John Fuerst (copyvio?). Sole edit of Braude1945, on Commons, was apparently a copyvio image of w:Stephen E. Braude, a parapsychologist, thus connecting with the attacks of the highly abusive socks first found, and also implied impersonation. This is enough that some Wikipedia user should tag all socks as being of Mikemikmev. I will report on Commons. Socks active on Wikiversity have already been blocked. Please lock all listed accounts. Thanks.--Abd (talk) 15:36, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

Update. Still researching. Tracking back this 2014 SPA edit, I find it likely that an earlier puppet master account is
with a list of accounts found under sock puppet investgations of that account., and still active in 2016. I have just begun to look, but one of those accounts,
  • Jameskeptic (talk • contribs • block • x-wiki • CA • lwcheckuser) is an SPA that attempted the same activity on wikiversity as others above, only in 2014. So this is also cross-wiki, and the sock farm is much larger. All these accounts are blocked on en.Wikipedia, and more to be identified. This is LTA, I now have no doubt. This user will readily discard accounts, but underlying IP/ranges could be watched. Steward advice invited. Thanks. --Abd (talk) 18:55, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
  • I am very confused about what you are doing here afd. All those accounts are blocked. I have said elsewhere I believe they were Ben Steigmann's, you claim they are not. But how though can you prove they belong to anyone? You are randomly suggesting users, first mikemikev, then anglopyramidologist and now James skeptic. This is all speculation and not based on fact with any technical evidence. You have no technical evidence linking the above accounts to another new account. Why does mikemikev need a global block he is already banned as is anglopyramidologist. I have debated this with you elsehwere. Ben Steigmann has confessed to owning psychicbias and myerslover, he also admitted to owning Gggtt. Why would someone create a bunch of accounts and spam the same stuff he was doing on wikipedia? Makes no sense, but I guess we can debate that at the correct place and not here. In conclusion you seem to be making speculations on who made the above accounts, speculation is not evidence. LadyDragoner (talk) 21:42, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Oshwah blocked TegeI[edit]

Status:    Done

Long-term abuse --MarkSewath (talk) 10:24, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 15:54, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for Kati5922[edit]

Status:    Done

Cross-wiki abuse. Vandalism on eswiki, and dirupting on enwiki (disguising as a bot but in fact it's not a bot). -★- PlyrStar93. Message me. 15:28, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg DoneDefender (talk) 19:23, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for 影武者(Nipponese Dog Calvero)[edit]

Status:    Done

--Lanwi1(talk) 18:22, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg DoneDefender (talk) 19:00, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for User:Jfijwrpjfp4ie3jr23[edit]

Status:    Done

Sock of cross-wiki date vandal Aliabbashiraqi79. See, for example, [2] and [3]; [4] and [5]. Similar date vandalism to ar.wiki and Wikidata, too. NinjaRobotPirate (talk) 21:54, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Done. RadiX 03:48, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Global lock for User:China is fvck[edit]

Status:    Done

Possible sock of 影武者(Nipponese Dog Calvero). SA 13 Bro (talk) 03:20, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Done. ISECHIKA. RadiX 03:39, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

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