[Foundation-l] Fwd: Re: Fwd: Wikimedia-wide globalblocking mechanism?

Brian McNeil brian.mcneil at wikinewsie.org
Mon Feb 4 17:20:55 UTC 2008

Without going into too many details here we're talking about specific
scenarios where an IP address is to be blocked. An example would be as

Some idiot called "Poopforshoes" comes along on en.wikinews and starts
vandalising articles on the site. He's quickly blocked and someone notices
we've had *very* similar vandalism in the past. A CheckUser reveals a dozen
or so similar usernames with the same modus operandi, no uninvolved users on
the IP, so the IP is blocked long-term and the details passed on to
Checkuser-l. When we start getting another handful of wikis telling us this
has happened to them with the same IP we want a global - and consistent -

I have no opinion on how this could impact SpamBots, or if it would even be
appropriate in such cases. What I would like to see is something that
doesn't involve someone adminning themselves on 700 or so wikis to issue a
long-term block.

Brian McNeil

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:foundation-l-bounces at lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Yaroslav M.
Sent: 04 February 2008 17:42
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Fwd: Re: Fwd: Wikimedia-wide globalblocking

> Trusting the stewards to opt-in what they judge to be
> a wiki with no community and taking this feature live
> on all wikis at once is not the same proposal.  Both
> proposals make dealing with vandalism on inactive
> wikis easier, but my proposal prevents the problems
> that might occur with more active wikis due to poor
> communication.
> Birgitte SB

Why can not we DEFINE a wiki with no community? For instance, either (a)
no sysops; or (b) no edits by existing sysop(s) within the last month?
These wikis would be opted-in authomatically, and others only if the
community votes to opt-in. If the community is formed, the wiki can vote
for opting out.


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