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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)wikimedia.org.

Note: (un)blocks apply to IP addresses; and (un)locks apply to global accounts

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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. --~~~~
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Global block 2600:8800:3000:0:0:0:0:0/36

Status:    In progress

Block evasion by globally locked user MisterAnthony. He has been occasionally active on Interlingua wikipedia as various IPs since the locking of his named account:

with a sudden recent flurry of activity:

His signature on iawiki is the creation of micro-stub articles for U.S. actors, each containing one sentence in Interlingua and another in Spanish, partly redundant with the first (ia:Special:Diff/592001). The wikidata item histories indicate he creates similar fill-in-the-blanks micro-stubs for the same actor in dozens of other small languages, together with messing around with wikidata itself.

I havve blocked the /36 on iawiki for 6 months and don't expect collateral problems, based on the size of iawiki and observation of the contributions in the range. There have been previous global blocks within the range:

The 3081 range above is probably stale. The 3080 and 3982 have received blocks as just mentioned. The 3981 is new. If /36 is excessive for a global block, may I suggest:

(Incidentally, a new named account has just appeared: AnthonyAW. Even with only 4 edits, it looks like a sock of this user. Will bear watching.)

--Tortoise0308 (talk) 19:25, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Global block for the boy band vvandal

Status:    In progress

Cross-wiki vandal (see also en:Wikipedia:Long-term_abuse/Boy_band_vandal) active for more than 10 days. --Horcrux92 (talk) 08:36, 31 January 2018 (UTC)

Could somebody please action this? Also 2001:56a:f580::/41 would need to be blocked, per the last requests linked from the abuse report. Graham87 (talk) 07:16, 27 February 2018 (UTC)
Also, account creation should be allowed, due to collateral damage. I've just found out that the strongest block will apply for IP addresses which have been both locally and globally blocked, so if account creation were disabled in the global block, that would undo the account-creation-enabling effect of the local one. Graham87 (talk) 16:15, 1 March 2018 (UTC)
Graham87, that is not possible: "Global blocks should, wherever practicable and sensible, be placed with the anonymous only flag on. Remember that even in this case account creation from the blocked address(es) is prevented." @ Global blocks. Emphasis mine. — regards, Revi 10:39, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
@Revi: Ah OK; thanks for letting me know. I'd only heard one report of collateral damage in a year, so ... meh. Graham87 (talk) 13:31, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
Also add 2001:56a:f104:b300::/64 and 75.159.116.143 cross-wiki-contribsSTIP inforobtexgblockglist to the list. Graham87 (talk) 19:00, 1 April 2018 (UTC)
Ditto with 199.126.52.20 cross-wiki-contribsSTIP inforobtexgblockglist. Graham87 (talk) 11:39, 5 April 2018 (UTC)

Global block for 2605:380:32:495:43F2:A1::/96

Status:    In progress

Please, hard-block for a year. It seems to me that the entire /96 IPv6 range, or at very least 2605:380:32:495:43F2:A1::/112 cross-wiki-contribsSTIP inforobtexgblockglist—216 addresses—is allocated to a globally banned long-term abuser or somebody impersonating him. See c:Special:Contributions/2605:380:32:495:43F2:A1::/112 for details, note two distinct IPv6s. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 19:29, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

From a theoretical point of view minimum prefix length to block should be 64 bits. --Vituzzu (talk) 19:32, 26 March 2018 (UTC)
Blocked IPv6 prefixes both broader and narrower than /64 exist in Wikimedia. The former are up to /32 which is rather common in en.Wikipedia. The latter are usually point blocks (/128), but sometimes /96. From my layman’s understanding, IPv6 prefix specification may “theoretically” be any integer from /0 to /128 inclusively, although MediaWiki refuses to handle anything broader than /32 for security reasons. If one can mount a valid objection against blocking this /96—an insignificant portion of all IPv6 Internet—then formulate it clearer, please. I have difficulty comprehending an oracle’s remark above. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 21:02, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

Global block for 106.187.0.0/16

Status:    In progress

Colocated webhosts with open proxies and active blocks on 10 wikis.   — Jeff G. ツ 12:56, 29 March 2018 (UTC)

@Jeff G.: I see 106.187.0.0/18 cross-wiki-contribsSTIP inforobtexgblockglist and 106.187.96.0/21 cross-wiki-contribsSTIP inforobtexgblockglist blocked in en. in ru.wikipedias, but these ranges combined are more than three times smaller than /16. In which namely wikis such large range as /16 is blocked? In any case, a more solid substantiation should be presented for request to block 216 IPv4 addresses. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 06:22, 30 March 2018 (UTC)
@Incnis Mrsi: Please see this block log (in Japanese) at Japanese Wiktionary.   — Jeff G. ツ 10:29, 30 March 2018 (UTC)

Global blocks for spambot webhosts

Status:    In progress

Webhosts used by spambots. MER-C (talk) 12:18, 30 March 2018 (UTC)

IPVanish VPN used for spamming. MER-C (talk) 13:59, 30 March 2018 (UTC)

PureVPN plus webhost range used for spamming. MER-C (talk) 16:29, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

  • [1] GZ systems = PureVPN. Doing some... — regards, Revi 18:08, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global block for 36.102.223.115

Status:    In progress

Disruptive activity in a dosen of wikis. Addition of template-like pages into main namespace be:b:Шаблон (English literally: "Template"). Already blocked in ruwiki for vandalism, linked to previously blocked 36.102.223.81 cross-wiki-contribsSTIP inforobtexgblockglist. Maybe it is worth blocking an IP range? --Jarash 10:51, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

Global block for 216.49.118.143

Status:    Done

Cross-wiki abuse, nonsense edits again. SA 13 Bro (talk) 18:56, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

@Tegel: This IP editor properly User:Skiyomi. SA 13 Bro (talk) 19:03, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
Range-blocked by Ajraddatz. SA 13 Bro (talk) 10:00, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global block 79.44.154.118

Status:    In progress

Lock evasion by Alec Smithson. All contribs should be nuked. Thank you, Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 09:20, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global block 206.189.52.136

Status:    Done

Open proxy, block evasion by Liza Veniza, long-term abuse. Marshmallych ?! 16:21, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

VPN by DigitalOcean, LLC. [2]. --Well-Informed Optimist (talk) 16:53, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Gblocked the /16 range for NOP. — regards, Revi 17:54, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global block for 95.26.0.0/16

Status:    In progress

Hello. This user is:

  1. repeatedly adding false information
  2. been blocked several times for vandalism on en.wp, and globally blocked (95.26.18.111) for long-term abuse
  3. abusing many projects since (at least) mid-June 2017, cf. the list above
  4. ignoring the comments from other contributors, cf. my last attempt of discussion, one of my other attempts of discussion, en:User talk:95.26.222.66, en:User talk:95.26.140.56, etc.
  5. the unique user of 95.26.0.0/16 since mid-June 2017 (except for a few edits that might be from someone else: 6 edits on commons, 109 (out of 245) on en.wp, 2 on fr.wp, 1 on fr.wiktionary, 6 on it.wp, etc.)
  6. sometimes (but more often in the past) using 95.25.0.0/16 and 176.59.0.0/16.

Regards --NicoScribe (talk) 17:15, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

@NicoScribe: did anybody try to complain to the ISP? There are many legitimate users in this /16 range. It is not a hosting making its business exactly for housing trolls and other scum. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 19:31, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
@Incnis Mrsi: thank you for your comments. I am sorry, I have made a mistake in my item 5: the Russian Wikipedia is the unique project with many legitimate contributions in this /16 range. So a local unblocking should be applied on the Russian Wikipedia.
I have not made a complaint to the ISP. But this user is just a cross-wiki long-term abuser, and there are many cross-wiki long-term abusers, and most of the time their cases are managed with blocks or filters. If this case is managed by a complaint to the ISP, I would be surprised (but I rarely report cases of cross-wiki long-term abusers, and of course I don't have the experience of a steward). --NicoScribe (talk) 06:18, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Global block for 79.19.187.162

Status:    In progress

Cross-wiki vandalism, probably is an IP of a sockmaster of itwiki. --Mr. Fulano! Talk 19:26, 20 April 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.
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  • 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 global 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 stewards@wikimedia.org.
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 unlock for Virajmishra

Status:    In progress

yes i have readed so I came after 3 month. And i don't have any other account neither i have created any editing. Please remove global blocking of my account. In future i will never ever try to make any account. Please unlock my this account virajmishra account as soon as possible. Thanks.2405:204:A582:4B02:D7C8:CAC0:877B:BA1D 07:25, 9 April 2018 (UTC)

@Ruslik0: User appealing this at my talk page. SA 13 Bro (talk) 11:36, 9 April 2018 (UTC)
What projects are you going to edit? Even if I unlock your account, you will remain blocked in English Wikipedia and Commons. Ruslik (talk) 20:05, 12 April 2018 (UTC)
This page is semi-protection, please answer your statement to Ruslik0 at your own talk page only. @Ruslik0: He also appealing the unblock request on English Wikipedia in not very long ago, have a look on this reviewed comment by admin Boing! said Zebedee. SA 13 Bro (talk) 21:26, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for sockpuppet of Moustafa Nour

Status:    In progress

Cross-wiki spam and promotion, also evident sockpuppet. And if the locking steward is a Commons sysop, please cleanup their creations on Commons. --hiàn 23:40, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

Ditto for the pages linked to this Wikidata item. Mahir256 (talk) 23:50, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
I think the pages on Wikipedia and Wikiquote need to go through the local deletion process as they are being discussed. hiàn 23:56, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
This is fine for all wikis except possibly arz, since I don't think they have speedy templates. @Ghaly, M777, Mahmudmasri, Meno25, and Raafat:, as the admins of arzwiki: think you can help us out? Mahir256 (talk) 02:42, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
@Mahir256: deleted arz:مصطفى نور الدين as non notable bio. Thanks for the notification. --Meno25 (talk) 07:23, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
Comment Comment the user do good edits on ar.wikipedia, and no evidence of spam or promotion till now --Alaa :)..! 10:18, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
I checked the edits on ar.wikipedia via Google Translate and it looks like the user is still spamming (e.g. portal page). hiàn 20:05, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for spambot

Status:    Done

Spam account. -★- PlyrStar93. Message me. 02:58, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

Please also Globally Rangeblock the underlying IP range for at least 6 months (set to "anon-only"), because this LTA is known for IP hopping and mass spamming. LightandDark2000 (talk) 03:09, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done + checking IP now - TNT 08:33, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
Beaten to it by @علاء: ! - TNT 08:34, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for sock of LTA User:Vote (X) for Change

Status:    Done

Obvious socks of this LTA. This LTA is also known for cross-wiki abuse. Please Check for sleepers and also Globally Block the underlying IPs. LightandDark2000 (talk) 23:37, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Green Giant (talk) 09:55, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for spambot

Status:    Done

Spambot account. This user was also linking to likely scam sites. Given the contributions, it is possible that this account belongs to a "CoinJolt" spambot LTA. LightandDark2000 (talk) 23:54, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done by Green Giant --Alaa :)..! 10:19, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock Debbie4047

Status:    Done

Spambot. Esteban16 (talk) 01:12, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Done. RadiX 01:44, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for a few more socks of BMX On WheeIs

Status:    Done

Blatant, see usernames and/or any of their contributions. Cyp (talk) 12:32, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Green Giant (talk) 13:31, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for several spambots

Status:    Done

Probably spambots, blocked on nl.wiktionary for (attempted) adding of spamlinks --MarcoSwart (talk) 12:48, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --Alaa :)..! 13:19, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Startedfromthebottom8

Status:    Done

Cross-wiki vandalism. -★- PlyrStar93. Message me. 14:12, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done - TNT 14:13, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Lkost

Status:    Done

wp0 abuse. -★- PlyrStar93. Message me. 15:47, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --Alaa :)..! 16:05, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Michelle Jane Day

Status:    Done

Cross-wiki abuse/spam. -★- PlyrStar93. Message me. 18:50, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 20:39, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Mastaprod

Status:    Done

WP0 abuser. --jdx Re: 19:39, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done by Stryn Ruslik (talk) 20:38, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Vokrug M

Status:    Done

Cross-wiki abuse. -★- PlyrStar93. Message me. 19:41, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 20:36, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Uehehebdhdu

Status:    Not done

Vandal, likely by the same master as this, this, and this socks. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 20:16, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

I do not see a connection. Ruslik (talk) 20:35, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
The connection is visible at https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=BMW&action=history&offset=20180419&limit=8 --Incnis Mrsi (talk) 09:49, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Alvi Z. sock

Status:    Done

Long-term abuse. theinstantmatrix (talk) 00:24, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Green Giant (talk) 00:42, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for spambots

Status:    Done

Obvious spambot accounts. The first user was embedding spam links within articles. The other accounts were attempting to spam, or upload self-advertising images. LightandDark2000 (talk) 02:37, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Green Giant (talk) 10:25, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for socks of LTA Willy on Wheels/IPhones-are-for-****/Fuerdai...

Status:    Done

Obvious socks of the WoW LTA, who has a long history of cross-wiki vandalism and socking. (Also check the edit filter logs of the 3rd account for the personal attacks.) Please Check for sleepers, and also Globally Rangeblock the underlying IP ranges (set to "anon-only"). By the way, this LTA has recently been going on a mass vandalism spree. LightandDark2000 (talk) 03:02, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Added 3. Cyp (talk) 09:33, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Green Giant (talk) 10:45, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for Ashley Ross

Status:    Done

Global lock and ban evasion by INeverCry.   — Jeff G. ツ 05:19, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg DoneDefender (talk) 05:44, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for RoslynLemmons

Status:    Done

Spambot, blocked on nl.wiktionary after spam on userpage --MarcoSwart (talk) 10:23, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Green Giant (talk) 10:49, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Global lock for AlinaLothian66

Status:    Done

Spambot, blocked on nl.wiktionary after several attemtps to add spamlinks. --MarcoSwart (talk) 12:31, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

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