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This Scratch Wiki page is about the Scratch Wiki blocking policies. For blocks on the Scratch Website, see Ban.


On the Scratch Wiki, a Wiki bureaucrat may decide to block a user from editing.

What happens to a blocked user

The message shown when blocked users try to edit a page

When a user is blocked, the user is forbidden from editing any pages on the Wiki. However, the user is not blocked from viewing pages. Blocked users are essentially treated as users who are not logged in.

When users are blocked

Behavior

Owing to the fact that the Scratch Wiki has a closed account system, requiring users to request an account before registering, bad behavior is fairly rare on the Wiki. However, there have been instances of users vandalizing the Wiki and refusing to follow the Wiki guidelines. If the violations are repeated and the user shows no signs of stopping, then a bureaucrat may block that user.

These bans should only be applied after the user has been notified on their talk page at least once for their behavior (and in many cases, multiple times) and continued it anyway, except in cases such as obvious vandalism where the user should be blocked to prevent further damage.

Other reasons

Occasionally there are blocks that have nothing to do with bad behavior or vandalism. These usually are caused by users switching accounts or accidental account creation, as account deletion is not possible with MediaWiki.

Main site bans carrying over to the Wiki

In general, users that are blocked on the main site are not blocked on the Wiki. However, users that carry drama about their ban over to the Wiki, try to continue their bannable behavior on the Wiki, or use the Wiki as a receptacle for a tantrum, or otherwise attempt to involve the Wiki in the ban will be blocked.

Who can block users

Only bureaucrats may block users on the Wiki. Administrators and Experienced Wikians may not block users, but they are able to request that a bureaucrat block a user.

How users can become unblocked

If a user is blocked for bad behavior, then they may contact the user who created the block to be unblocked on their profile page. If that user is also banned from the Scratch Website, they will not be allowed to request to be unblocked until unblocked from the Scratch Website.

Duration

If the user promises to behave better in the future, they will generally have the block set to expire after a week for the first offense. Subsequent offenses are decided at the discretion of the Wiki bureaucrats on a case-by-case basis. In some cases (such as obvious vandalism), then the bureaucrats may decide not to unblock the user.