[WikiEN-l] No more blocking people for who they *are*?

MacGyverMagic/Mgm macgyvermagic at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 21:52:01 UTC 2006

On 2/7/06, Steve Bennett <stevage at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Just a thought in the wake of the pedophile thing. Could we agree
> not to ever again block people for what they are? No matter how
> disgusting, unpleasant, immoral etc. Such things always being at least
> somewhat objective, we should stick instead to only blocking people
> for actions.
> In other words: If someone says, "I'm a pedophile", then by policy
> this should not be a reason to block them. If, on the other hand, they
> are trolling, and it works, then that becomes a blockable action -
> trolling.
> I worry that there is a genuine slippery slope where "I am a
> pedophile" gets confused with "I am a terrorist", then "I am a member
> of Hamas" then "I support Eta"  and so on and so forth. Is it not
> better to simply say "We do not block people for statements of who
> they are or what they believe"?
> Steve

I've been saying this all along. It's simply not allowed by policy to block
someone for who they are instead of their wiki actions.


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