[Foundation-l] Emergency on Wiktionary

Jeff V. Merkey jmerkey at wolfmountaingroup.com
Wed Aug 9 19:28:26 UTC 2006

Angela wrote:

>On 8/9/06, Wildrick Steele <wildrick.steele at gmail.com> wrote:
>>Actually not. There weren't any stewards around and the perpetrator remained
>>sysopped for a full day, doing hundreds of random blocks and unblocks. We
>>had to wait for developer intervention to remove the flag in the database.
>>Quite a nonperformance for the otherwise well-functioning steward team.
>>We'll take Wikimania as a good excuse :-)
>Wikimania may have been part of the problem. Also, the request at
>seems to have been lost amongst the noise of dozens of other requests,
>which for some reason, no longer get immediately archived, so it's not
>easy to see whether or not there are outstanding requests. Perhaps
>moving urgent requests to a separate section at the top would help in
>future. There is a (not-very-active) IRC channel at
>#wikimedia-stewards, but the #wikimedia channel is often a better
>place to find a steward in an emergency. I don't know whether either
>of these channels were tried before finding a developer.
>This might just be a sign that new steward elections are required.
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You should desysop any blocked admin until their block expires as a 
matter of policy by instrumenting it in the software as
an explicit action with a flag placed by their name in the database. If 
they are admins they should not
be getting blocked explicitly. It's an easy matter to identify admin 
accounts and flag them if they are explicitly blocked as
opposed to getting caught in IP autoblock ranges and other sanctions.



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