Wikivoyage:User ban nominations

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User bans are put into practical effect by using a Mediawiki software feature to block edits to any page (except pages in that banned user's user talk namespace) by the banned user.

Add nominations for user blocks to the list below, but please do so only after reviewing Project:How to handle unwanted edits. After a nomination has been made, the nominator is responsible for ensuring that appropriate notice is given on the allegedly delinquent User's Talk page of the nomination made here.

In general the preferred way of handling problem users is through the use of soft security. In the case of automated spam attacks the Project:Spam filter can also be a valuable tool for stopping unwanted edits.

For a history of older nominations see Project:User ban nominations/Archive.

Outstanding nominations[edit]


Under normal circumstances this would be an autoindefban per nrwt, but since the crackdown on problem edits has come under increased scrutiny lately, I suppose I can do this by the book and submit this for review. The user account in question was created 14 minutes ago as of this writing, and his inaugural contribution in the pub described Ryan's proposed tweaks to the Main Page as "basically an uglier Wikitravel". Is there anyone who does not think this an IB employee? -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 20:24, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

I don't know if it's an IB employee or some other troll, but I'm not expecting anything constructive from this user. I will not miss him/her :-) JuliasTravels (talk) 20:39, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
Seriously, if someone just suddenly kicks the door open and start their WV career with such an "contribution", I don't see any reason not to block them right away. "WVeteran"... ϒpsilon (talk) 21:21, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
Not to belabor the point, but policy states quite clearly: "User bans are a last resort that should be used in only the most extreme cases. Before even considering a user ban, exercise patience and professionalism to try to work with the user who is making unwanted edits; doing otherwise might make an enemy out of a potential friend." One contribution may be enough to identify a vandalism-only account, but it's not enough to identify inveterate trolls. A ban is premature, not least because the soft security approach of simply reverting the unacceptable edit has demonstrably worked perfectly so far. Powers (talk) 21:34, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
You're citing a policy that is de facto no longer in effect, Powers. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 21:36, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
It's all I have to cite. You can't just change practice and not tell anyone what the new rules are. Powers (talk) 02:46, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Our practice in the past has been to ignore drive-bys like this one, and only act if problem edits continue. That practice doesn't cause us to waste time with users who make just one or two quick edits, and also prevents mis-identifying a troll based on a small sample size of edits. I think that's a good way to continue to handle things - ignore trolls who make one or two harmless edits, but block them if they are persistent. -- Ryan • (talk) • 21:41, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
Good enough, but hopefully we can at least revert the nonconstructive edits of these "drive-by" trolls without breaching Wikietiquette. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 22:01, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
That sounds fine ;-) JuliasTravels (talk) 22:08, 5 January 2015 (UTC)


Quickly blocked as it look like things were getting out of hand. Set to 1 day but maybe should be longer? --Traveler100 (talk) 19:49, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

This user has already been indef blocked per Wikivoyage:User ban nominations/Archive#User:Conserve, so a three month IP block (the max allowed) would not be unreasonable. However, for an IP address one day is probably sufficient unless they return using the same address. -- Ryan • (talk) • 19:59, 14 January 2015 (UTC)
Oh this was the the great map artist. Did think the style had something going for it :-) --Traveler100 (talk) 20:12, 14 January 2015 (UTC)
I thought 'Conserve' was just some guy making a one time joke, but interesting to note that this individual started these edits way back in 2007 from this IP! --Andrewssi2 (talk) 22:15, 14 January 2015 (UTC)
I was wondering if it was the same person too, but maybe with such a long interval maybe just the same school. --Traveler100 (talk) 05:26, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
This site is even worse than Wikitravel! So North Korean, and so gangster Mafia like! On Wikivoyage, even a single edit that the mods don't like is taken as harshly by this site as a ruthless wanted cop killer is taken by law enforcement! —The preceding comment was added by (talkcontribs)

Usman Khan Shah[edit]

I've blocked Usman for 2 hours without consulting the community due to his continued disruptive behaviour. Please see Wikivoyage:Travellers'_pub#Urdu_Wikivoyage. --Saqib (talk) 21:00, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

I've also made a block request on Meta-Wiki as he's vandalising there. --Saqib (talk) 21:13, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
You don't need to note short blocks here. I've even been told that blocks of 3 days or more for obvious reasons that won't be controversial don't need to be noted here, but I do it anyway as a courtesy to other users, if the block might seem unusually long without people knowing the background behind it. Ikan Kekek (talk) 23:58, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
Per policy "Exceptions to the user ban nomination process include: Blocks of one day or less when used as a discretionary tool for administrators. These blocks are sometimes used in slowing high-volume unwanted edits or in getting the attention of a user who is editing in unwanted ways. In general such blocks should be applied for very short periods (two hours or less) and only increased in length if the unwanted edits persist." Powers (talk) 19:08, 21 January 2015 (UTC)