Global bans are formal restrictions placed on people to restrict their access to Miraheze services.
This page documents a global Miraheze policy. This policy follows consensus and/or guidelines set by global functionaries. All Miraheze users should follow it, and changes made to it should be discussed on the talk page. In the event of any differences in meaning between the original English version and a translation, the original English version takes precedence.
Global bans are formal restrictions placed on people (not user accounts or IP addresses) to prevent their access to certain aspects of Miraheze (such as access or editing). Global bans are more severe than Global blocks and Global locks as they affect actual people (unlike blocks and locks which are technical restrictions placed only on accounts or IPs) and as such, are not given out liberally.
A community-imposed global ban is a full revocation of all privileges for a user who has caused issues across multiple communities. It is a measure of last resort, reflecting broad community consensus should other measures fail. Other measures include multiple specific advisories based in policy or best practice to the user and contacting Stewards or Trust and Safety as appropriate to resolve the problem.
For a user to be a eligible for a global ban, they must meet the following requirements:
- The user must have persistently disrupted various Miraheze wikis; and,
- The user must exhibit conduct issues and remediation attempts to address such conduct have failed.
If these conditions are met, a user is eligible for a global ban. If a user does not meet these requirements, the Request for Comments will be closed.
Nominators must meet the following requirements to request a global ban:
- Their Miraheze account is at least 6 months old; and,
- They must have least 1,000 global edits. These edits may not consist of directly copy/pasting content from other wikis, they must be edits done by the user.
If a nominator does not meet these requirements, the Request for Comments will be closed.
Once a Request for Comments requesting a global ban has been filed on Miraheze Meta, the nominator must post a notice on all wikis where the user is active informing them that a Request for Comments regarding that user has been stated. This notice should be posted in a high-visibility venue such as a central discussion forum or the talk page of the main page if none exists. Nominators may ask Stewards for assistance in sending the message via MassMessage.
If the nominated user is locally blocked on Meta, they may be temporarily unblocked to defend themselves. If the user begins to engage in disruptive behaviors or behavior that goes against the Code of Conduct, they will be re-blocked.
Request for Comments dealing with a global ban proposal must stay opened for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, beginning after the notification process defined in this section is complete
A Request for Comments requesting a global ban proposal can be closed by a Steward before seven (7) days have passed if the Request is malformed or if it there is overwhelming consensus against the proposal.
A Request for Comments can also be closed before seven (7) days have passed if there is overwhelming consensus for it and the nominated user agrees to be globally banned.
If either the nominee or nominator do not fulfill the requirements outlined in the previous section, the Request for Comments may also close early.
Trust and Safety ban
An appeal of a global ban may submitted by contacting Stewards. Stewards will then forward the appeal to the community by means of another Request for Comments. Stewards, as a group, may exercise discretion in appeals and choose not to forward an appeal if they feel that they lack merit and/or are frivolous in nature.
If a global ban RfC doesn't specify a minimum time before appeals may be considered, the minimum time before an appeal can be considered will be 3 months, so as to (a) allow the user sufficient time to reflect on their behaviour, (b) establish a good-faith initial attempt to illustrate to the community they have the capacity to exercise restraint (by not engaging in illegitimate sockpuppetry), and (c) not waste the community's time with repeated and frivolous requests.
Trust and Safety/SRE bans
To appeal a ban issued by Site Reliability Engineering or Trust and Safety, please email tsmiraheze.org. Please make sure to include any relevant information in your appeal.
For a list of globally banned users, see this list of globally banned users.
The following Requests for Comment have shaped this policy:
- Requests for Comment/Global bans - Formally codified and established the procedure for a community-imposed global ban.
- Global blocks which primarily affect IP addresses and range but can also affect logged in users; doesn't lock them out.
- Global locks which only affect registered user accounts and prevents them from logging in.
- Global bans on Wikimedia Meta-Wiki.
- Global bans RfC which established the criteria for issuing a community-imposed global ban.