[Wikimedia-l] Request for comment on global bans policy

Nathan nawrich at gmail.com
Thu Jul 5 22:50:37 UTC 2012

It's worth noting here that there is something of a disagreement about the
import of the Terms of Use; Steve Walling and Ryan Kaldari have argued that
the ToU require that the Wikimedia community devise a policy permitting and
describing a process for instituting global bans. In fact, the ToU makes
global bans optional; it assumes only the presence of a global ban policy
(which might be "we don't do global bans").

Right now, the RfC is trending towards dispensing with the current global
ban policy. A large portion of that sentiment is from people opposed to
global bans in general. Of course the option "we don't want global bans"
wasn't included; if it had been, I suspect that's where most of the support
would be.

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