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

Mark Gallagher m.g.gallagher at student.canberra.edu.au
Fri Feb 10 11:10:43 UTC 2006

G'day Steve,

>   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.

A noble sentiment, to be sure.  Personally I'd like to see paedophiles 
gone from the site, but I accept that I don't actually have a logical, 
unemotional argument to back me up, so I'm not going to run around 
advocating such.

> 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.

Ahh ... "I'm an X" is not blockable, but trolling *is*.  I like your 

Except ... well ... what if they say "I'm a troll"?  Note that we have 
several users who do exactly that ...

Mark Gallagher
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- Danger Mouse

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