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Blocking is the means by which an administrator prevents a user account or IP address/range from editing the MCU Wiki. Blocks may be used as both a preventive or punitive measure to prevent damage by dealing with vandalism and enforcing the MCU Wiki's policies. Block duration may vary, depending on the severity and longevity of the situation leading to the block. In some instances, a block can be lifted if the editor agrees to stop the damaging behavior, while in others, the duration of the block is not going to be reduced due to the nature of the broken rule.
When considering blocking, it is important to remember the axiom "Never attribute to malice what can be attributed to stupidity" — article blanking or addition of fanon may be just a well-meant attempt to remove inaccurate information or expand the encyclopedia. Always assume good faith, but remember that the rules apply to everyone equally.
Reasons for Blocking
- Inserting false information: One of the most common reasons for blocking an user is the addition of information that is false, inaccurate, incorrect, speculative, or can just be described as "fanon" or "head-canon".
- False information: Any and all information not coming from official or trusted sources added to articles is or can be considered false, at least until otherwise proven. Its addition to articles, either by not following the policies on style and information, article creation or content, adding it to incorrect articles, or creating incorrect articles just to add it is grounds for a block.
- Fanon: Fanon, fan theories or head-canon, no matter how widespread they are, are not allowed in this wiki's articles. Addition of fanon should almost always have a warning, either by a general announcement or personally, prior to blocking. Once the warning has been made once, re-addition of fanon is grounds for a block.
- Edit-warring: Edit-warring in order to insert false information despite other users undoing it is also grounds for a block. As explained in many policies across the wiki, if you think that the information you added is correct and has been removed, the course of action is not just re-add it and start a discussion in the edit summary, it is to discuss it with the editor who removed and, if necessary, ask an admin or moderator to mediate.
- Vandalism: Vandalism is the epitome of the insertion of false information with bad-faith, with the only purpose of lowering the quality of the wiki and/or disrupting the functioning of the community. Vandalism and its bad faith is usually ground for indefinite bans.
- Category spam: Creation of categories and insertion not allowed or plainly bypassing the policy regulating its creation is also a form of false information, as it is information that does not belong to a category within the wiki's system.
- Empty pages: Empty pages with no content, without format, or even without an introduction go directly against the policies for article creation, and therefore, the content of the article itself is considered to be false to the principles of the kind of information that belongs to the wiki. The creation of an empty article is not an excuse to force people to fill it either.
- Removing content from pages
- Removal of information: The removal of information has two main variants: A "good-faith" one, with erroneously removing correct information under the thought it was incorrect, and a "bad-faith" one, which would be analogous to adding false information. While the first one should lead to a warning first and only a block in case it is recurring or persistent, the second one leads to a severe block.
- Blanking pages: Blanking a page, removing all of its content, is ground for an indefinite block. Even if the page is going to be marked for deletion, the page should not be blanked under any circumstance, as it helps speed up the deletion process.
- Removal of warnings: Removing official warnings made by administrators or moderators in message walls is not allowed, as warnings are meant to stay in the history of walls.
- Spamming links to external sites: Links to external sites within articles are not allowed, with a few exceptions. Obvious spam to external malicious sites are grounds for an indefinite block.
- Intimidating behavior/harassment
- Disruption: Disruption of the wiki and its proper functioning, via changing comments, misleading or malicious edits, not following policies and procedures, excessive drama, trolling, etc. can lead to a block, with its length based on the severity of the disruption.
- Harassment: The harassment of other users via excessive or abusive on their message walls, profanity and insults, threats, hounding their edits or discussions, and other instances that may be perceived as harassment, lead to an often indefinite block.
- Personal Attacks: Users perceived as attacking other editors, often due to edit wars, are usually given a "cool-off ban". If the attack also includes one of the instances considered as harassment, that ban's length is usually longer
- If you are blocked or banned and want to appeal it, please use your message wall on THIS Wiki, or contact an administrator on their wall on the Community Central Wiki.
- If you are blocked/banned on this Wiki, it is NOT appropriate to follow any Staff Member (or any user involved with the block/ban) anywhere other than Community Central to protest. This will result in your block being extended here.
- If you are blocked/banned on another Wiki, do not follow the blocker here to complain. This may result in a block here and possibly an extension on the Wiki in question.
Blocks on Other Wikis
Administrators reserve the right to block a user because they have been blocked on another wiki within the Fandom network. There are some reasons to apply this right:
- An user could be involved in a "rolling" attack on Wikia wikis, in which he vandalizes a series of wikis.
- An user could have demonstrated a pattern of behavior at another site that is plainly in violation of the rules of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki.
- An user's fight with another user on another wiki might be threatening to "spill over" onto our wiki.
Of course, being blocked on another site does not automatically mean that an user is going to be blocked here. Sometimes administrators on other sites act with haste or malice. Administrators from the Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki will review each situation on a case-by-case basis.