Blocking is the method by which administrators may technically prevent users from editing 100% Orange Juice Wiki. Blocks are used to prevent damage or disruption, not to punish users. Blocks sometimes are used as a deterrent, to discourage whatever behavior led to the block and encourage a productive editing environment.
Requesting a block
Any user may request a block on an Admin's message wall for major incidents of vandalism or disruption. Users requesting blocks should supply credible evidence of the circumstances warranting a block. Administrators are never obliged to place a block and are free to investigate the situation themselves. Because blocks may be reviewed and appealed, it is often important that the blocking and reviewing administrators each communicate with and take care to inform the other.
Blocked users can appeal their blocks by making a statement on their message board. Except in cases of unambiguous error, administrators should not undo other administrators' blocks without prior discussion; see below.
Reasons for blocking
- Acceptable reasons
- Unacceptable reasons
- Disagreeing with an administrator; this is conflict of interest
- "Cooling off" purposes; this usually only inflames the situation
Each administrator blocks at their own discretion. However, the following should be kept in mind:
- In general, the first block should be of reasonably short duration, with the length increasing progressively every time a further block is required.
- Anonymous users should never be blocked indefinitely.
- Sockpuppets that have been used maliciously should always be blocked indefinitely.