The topic of today's Admin Talk blog is blocks and chat bans. I would like to review using the block/ban interfaces and block/ban guidelines. This is a standard site-block interface: Usergunny block-anon The site-block interface is exactly the same for anonymous users and for logged-in users. You will want to:

  • Ensure the person you are blocking is the correct one.
  • Select the block length. You can select one of the block lengths from the drop down menu or you can type in any length desired. Please note that for infinite blocks, you must select "Other time:" and type "infinte".
  • Select the reason for the block from the drop down menu or by typing in the text box.
  • Select the block options:
    • Prevent account creation. Checking this will keep anons users from bypassing your block by creating an account on their blocked IP, and prevent registered users from creating a new account from the same IP. You should always check this box.
    • Prevent user from sending e-mail. You should never check this box unless the user has abused their e-mail privileges.
    • Prevent this user from editing their own talk page while blocked. You should never check this box unless the user has abused their own talk page privileges.
    • Automatically block the last IP address used by this user, and any subsequent IP addresses they try to edit from. Checking this box will place a block on the user's IP. This must be done for anons, and will prevent registered users from editing logged out. You should always check this box.
    • Prevent logged-in users from editing from this IP address. Checking this box will prevent users who have registered accounts from editing with their accounts after they have had their IP blocked as an anon. You should always check this box.

Block lengths should most always follow the set guidelines:

    • 1st offense: 3 days.
    • 2nd offense: 1 week.
    • 3rd offense: 1 month.
    • 4th offense: infinite.

There is some latitude in setting block lengths, but you should only deviate from the established guidelines in extraordinary cases. Remember: if you choose shorter or longer block lengths that the guidelines state, you may be effecting future blocks. We have had a number of cases where a user has not been blocked for the recommended lengths and it has caused some confusion and creates a situation where we are not consistent. Only deviate from the guidelines in the most extraordinary cases.

This is a standard chat ban interface: Usergunny chat ban You should:

  • Select the chat ban length from the drop down menu.
  • Type a ban reason in the text box.

This is the Multi-kick chat ban interface: Usergunny chat multi-kick You must type each user name in the text box, separated by commas and a space.

Chat kicks, chat bans and the multi-kick chat tool should never be used unless there is a chat violation. Do not engage in "joke kicks or bans".

Up next week: Admin Talk - Researching blocks and using the IP block list.