Blocking is an action performed by an administrator to prevent a user from making changes to the wiki. Usually, blocking is used only on users who have misbehaved in some way. A block may be any length, depending on the situation. Blocks may be appealed on the user's message wall. If the block parameter "cannot edit own talk page" is checked, the user may contact an admin on Community Central. In severe cases, A range-block may be used to block a group IPs if the vandal is using multiple IP addresses to vandalize the wiki.
- A user is commonly blocked for the following reasons
- Swearing Excessively in discussions
- Impersonating a Staff member
- Unacceptable Username
- Cross-Wiki Vandal
- 1 Blocking
- 2 Unblocks
- 3 See Also
- See Also: Vandalism-Only Accounts on Wikipedia
A vandalism-only account (or VoA for short) is an account which is created only for vandalizing the wiki. If found, such accounts are blocked indefinitely. They usually have suspicious usernames, which may be used to point out that the account in question is such an account.
- Common Signs of a VoA account are
- Low edit count
- Low user age
- Spammy/Offensive names
- The signs above on top of vandalism.
- See Also: Sock Puppetry On Wikipedia
A Sockpuppet is a user who creates multiple accounts for disruption, vandalism, spam, block evasion, vote stacking, and many other harmful actions. If found, such accounts are blocked indefinitely. Signs of sockpuppety include similar editing patterns, usernames, and/or vandalism. Note that having multiple accounts IS allowed, as long as they are used in good-faith. If you have found such accounts, please contact an Administrator immediately or post a report on the Administrator's Noticeboard. A sockmaster may also create alternate accounts prior to executing vandalism on the wiki. If a user is found of such an offense, they are usually blocked indefinitely. Exceptions are rare to this case.
- Common Signs of a Sockpuppet/Sockmaster are
- Similar Editing patterns/Vandalism
- Similar grammar
- Similar usernames
- Same area of interest
An IP-vandal is a user who uses an anonymous account to vandalize the wiki. An IP vandal is blocked depending on how severe the vandalism it caused was. IP-vandals are rarely blocked for more than 1 year on other wikis, but due to the situation on this wiki, IP addresses are commonly blocked for infinite periods of time. Such vandals are given a warning if the vandalism might be a bug or a mistake (this is not currently possible because IP message walls are broken). Otherwise, they are blocked without warning.
Spam is any promotion of an entity, person, or thing. Such edits are considered to be vandalism, and the users involved are blocked. A user may register with a promotional username. Such accounts are blocked indefinitely. A vandal may also spam external links to shady sites; such vandals are also blocked indefinitely.
Edit warring Is a conflict which 2 or more editors have a conflict of interest and revert each other's edits.
- An example
- Joe wants to the article to be written in a certain way, while Jack wants it to be written in a different way. Joe makes his edit, and Joe reverts it. Joe Undoes Jack's edit, and Jack undoes Joe's and so on.
In severe cases, the editors will be blocked from editing for a time. In mild cases, the article in the site of conflict will be locked temporarily to all users but admins, while the editors come to a consensus on its talk page. There is a rule about reverting other's non-vandalism edits, which is, that you are not allowed to revert 3 times on a page per 24 hours. Violators may be reported at Hypixel SkyBlock Wiki:Administrator's Noticeboard.
Abuse Of User Rights
Abuse of user rights is where a user with extra privileges abuses their rights for personal gain. Such cases are very rare. In a case of such abuse, the user has their rights removed temporarily or indefinitely. They may also be blocked depending on the severity of the situation. Violators may be reported at Hypixel SkyBlock Wiki:Administrator's Noticeboard.
Users who trigger the Abuse Filter may be blocked if the filter triggered is set to blocked. If you have been blocked falsely, please follow the instructions on the block notice on how to appeal.
Disruptive editing is where a user's edits with/without the intent to disrupt Hypixel SkyBlock Wiki, causing impedance of the project, problems for editors, or hindrance of progress of an article/template. Disruption can be vandalism or it can just be editing with good faith, but the edits are not helpful overall. Disruptive edits may be reverted at will. A disruptive editor may be banned, sanctioned, or blocked if the edits become a large problem for the community. Violators may be reported at Hypixel SkyBlock Wiki:Administrator's Noticeboard.
- A disruptive editor may expect the following
- Reversions of any problematic edits
- A gentle, then strict warning, followed by blocks
- Topic-bans and other restrictions
- Revocation of rights if they are Wiki Staff
Long-term abuse is where a user commits various guideline breaches and disruption to the community over a long period of time. Such behavior, if found, will result in a ban from the wiki. Due to the small size of the wiki, such cases are rare. Staff members found of such behavior will have their rights revoked at first sight and a ban may be implemented. If you believe a user is a long-term abuser, please file a report at the Administrator's Noticeboard.
Indefinite blocks are blocks which are set to never expire. These blocks are generally reserved for zero-tolerance behavior, long-term abuse, and other grave behavior.
- An indefinite block does not mean that an editor is permanently banned; it may be changed.
- An indefinite block may be implemented to prevent disruption by a particular troublesome editor.
- Indefinite blocks are handed out by the Abuse Filter as most offenders who trigger it are editing in bad faith.
- Indefinite blocks are used to impose bans.
Sometimes, people request that their account be blocked, for example to enforce a wikibreak. Such requests are typically declined, but there is a category of administrators who will consider such requests.
As an alternative to requesting a self-block, users may use the Wikibreak Enforcer, a user script that can prevent a user from logging in.
Unblocking is a mechanism where a blocked user will have access to editing, discussions, and other actions restored. An unblock may come after a variety of circumstances. Such circumstances can include:
- Appealing a block via the Project:Discord
- An Administrator/Bureaucrat deems it fit that a user be unblocked
- A community ban is lifted
- The block is an Abuse Filter false positive
- The user has been blocked in a wrong manner
- The user has been given a second chance
- The user has made an agreement with the blocking Administrator
A block may be appealed in the Wiki Discord or on a user's Message Wall if the ability to edit a talk page is enabled in the block.
- If a user believes another user was blocked in false circumstances, they may submit a block review at The administrator's noticeboard.
- Wheel warring is never acceptable. As with edit warring, sanctions may follow.
- As with edit warring, an Administrator involved in such an affair should stop and message the other Administrator, followed by reaching a consensus.
Self requested onblocks
As stated with the sections above, a user who is blocked on request may at any time request to be unblocked if their original block was not overwritten by another Administrator with another block reason besides the requested one.