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This page contains Wikidata's blocking policy. A block on a user account or IP address technically disables the ability of that account or IP address to edit Wikidata while that block is active. A user account or IP address under a block is said to be a blocked user.

Administrators may block user accounts or IP addresses for the following reasons:

  • To prevent local abuse where a pattern of local abuse has been established. Local abuse includes, but is not limited to unambiguous and clear spamming and/or vandalism
  • Improper use of multiple accounts
  • Personal attacks or harassment
  • Users or IP addresses should not be blocked solely for behaviour or actions on other projects. As an exception to this, if an account with a history of cross-wiki or single project abuse shows signs of continuing that pattern on Wikidata, they may be blocked here without a pattern of local abuse.
  • Edit warring
  • Unauthorised and/or malfunctioning bots
  • Repeated or egregrious violations of the living persons policy

While editors are encouraged to warn and educate disruptive users, warnings are by no means necessary for an administrator to perform a block. Administrators can, but do not have to, use the multilingual template {{Block}} to notify blocked users of their blocks.

If any block or unblock is controversial, the status-quo should be restored and discussion should commence via administrators' noticeboard on which course of action to take.

Requesting a block[edit]

Users may request the blocking of an account or IP address for any of the above reasons at Wikidata:Administrators' noticeboard.

Admin policies