No neo-Nazis or pedophiles have been blocked because of
who they are.
A neo-Nazi was blocked for posting on Stormfront a list of editors he
thought were Jewish. Another was blocked for posting on his user page
an enormous photograph of himself in a uniform making a Nazi salute.
Some have been blocked for anti-Semitic abuse. And someone has been
blocked for posting a pedophile user box on his user page. These are
all provocative acts that have nothing to do with writing an
encyclopedia. People are being blocked for provocation, not for who
That seems a false distinction to me---you're defining "provocation"
"stating who they are", but only for certain classes of users (saying
you're a Satanist, Republican, or gay is ok, saying you're a neo-Nazi
In any case, do you consider any of these provocative? They certainly
offend me, and are completely unrelated to writing an encyclopedia:
-- [[User:Striver]]: Numerous attacks on the United States; a bunch of
9/11 conspiracy theories
-- Many of the ~200 users including the userbox [[Template:User
freedom]] ("This user believes that only articles need reflect a NPOV,
and that displaying political, religious, or other beliefs using
userboxes and user categories should not be banned")
-- Explicit attacks on others' beliefs, such as the ~20-30 users
attacking "Randroids" in one form or another, often accompanied by an
X'd out photograph of Ayn Rand, a bunch of anti-Scientology users, and
I could go on and on.