A Wikipedia administrator needs to be thoroughly familiar with those parts
of Wikipedia policy they chose to deploy. Many of us never block anybody.
Those who do need to know what is permitted and what is not. That is laid
out on the page [[Wikipedia:Blocking policy]]. What the arbitration
committee is trying to do is to craft a remedy for those instances where
administrators are making up their own policy, perhaps to some extent in
reliance on community consensus but nevertheless expanding their actions
beyond those set forth in blocking policy. Certain parts of that policy are
somewhat ambiguous but it is a limited policy which permits blocks only in
certain cases. Not in every case where it "feels right" or in every case
where "something has to be done".
From: Rick <giantsrick13(a)yahoo.com>
Reply-To: English Wikipedia <wikien-l(a)Wikipedia.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2004 23:04:58 -0700 (PDT)
To: English Wikipedia <wikien-l(a)Wikipedia.org>
Subject: Re: [WikiEN-l] Re: Blocking policy
This "rule" requires sysops to have to have all of the policy pages
available at hand. Fine. Then give me a table of contents.