[Foundation-l] Wiktionary blocking policy

Brian McNeil brian.mcneil at wikinewsie.org
Sat Dec 29 13:28:41 UTC 2007

You can review the discussion where Florence got involved at the following


No project is trying to play "whack a mole" and we *all* want to get on with
producing content. I've issued my fair share of blocks on Wikinews, but if
someone from another project wants to question a block I'm going to explain
myself - provided CheckUser evidence isn't involved.

Brian McNeil

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[mailto:foundation-l-bounces at lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Jeandré du
Sent: 29 December 2007 12:55
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Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Wiktionary blocking policy

Looking at the last 50 English wiktionary blocks at
I see that the longest blocks were 4 one year blocks: 2 open proxies
and 2 external link spammers.

Looking at contributions of infinite account blocks at
<http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Special:Ipblocklist> of non sock
accounts, where the edit wasn't deleted, I see only
That no warnings were given simply means that the wikt admins are
trying to create a dictionary instead of playing whack-a-mole with the
obvious vandalizing only accounts and spammers. OTRS is there for any
bad blocks.

If the ORS tickets (all emails sent to <info-en at wiktionary.org>) were
for really bad vandals, then there isn't a problem. Looking thru the
queue for open block tickets, there's ticket 2007122410005487 where
the IP didn't get an infinite block as claimed, but 1 day; and ticket
2007121710004036 about an entry deleted by 3 different admins because
it's obviously spam and not a dictionary entry.

Please provide some diffs which resulted in incorrect infinite blocks.
The wiktionarians, stewards, or foundation can then look into it.
User:Jeandré du Toit

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