[Foundation-l] Global ban - poetlister?

Billinghurst billinghurst at gmail.com
Sat Jun 4 10:12:20 UTC 2011

On 3 Jun 2011 at 13:34, MZMcBride wrote:

> Sue Gardner wrote:
> > On 3 June 2011 10:00, Risker <risker.wp at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> I too would like to see the development of a process for global banning of
> >> users who have created serious problems on either the global or the
> >> multiple-project level.
> > 
> > Is there something the Foundation could do to support that happening?
> As far as I know, no, not really. It's not a Wikimedia Foundation issue,
> it's more of Wikimedia community (Meta-Wiki) issue. Someone needs to propose
> a global banning policy and then get (global community) consensus to enact
> and enforce such a policy. Once there's a reasonable level of
> consensus/support, the Wikimedia stewards can enact global locks on
> problematic accounts. Most of the technical infrastructure seems to be in
> place already, in some form.
> A bit more info is available here:
> <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global_blocks_and_locks#Global_locks>.
> As noted on the page at Meta-Wiki, I suppose one area where the Wikimedia
> Foundation could help is assigning resources to implement global blocking
> (currently there's only global locking). More info about that is available
> here: <https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=15294>.
> MZMcBride


I disagree, this needs to be a decision by the WMF, not by stewards.  Some sites are 
'independent', and this is a matter that needs to have no wriggle room, and hence be a 
definitive statement.  It is simply a case that the worst of the worst need to be managed 
from the top and at a policy level, not as operational issues. This is a due diligence 

Regards, Andrew

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