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This page contains policies related to blocks. See Special:BlockList for a list of current blocks.

See Category:Saints Row Wiki for other policies and guidelines.
  • These pages document how things are currently done on the Saints Row Wiki.
  • Some are common sense, while others are responses to specific situations.
  • Where possible, examples and reasoning is included.
  • If there is anything you do not understand, use the talk page.
  • If there are changes you would like to propose, use the talk page.
  • No-one is expected to memorise everything before their first edit.
  • No-one will be punished for not knowing these guidelines.
  • New editors should be linked to policies when relevant, so that they can improve.
  • Once informed of a guideline, users are required to follow that guideline.
  • Most guidelines are common sense, so most users will never need to be linked here.

Blocking[]

Blocking ultimately has a single goal: To prevent disruption to the wiki.

Contribute to the wiki in line with the established processes and conventions.

Do not be disruptive to the workings of the wiki.

People acting in good faith are unlikely to be blocked.

Warnings[]

  • In most cases, warnings are given before any blocks are issued.
  • Good faith is typically assumed, and the user is contacted regarding their edit in order to help them.
    • For example: If someone does something contrary to an existing policy, they are linked to the policy page.
  • People acting in good faith do not repeat what they have been warned not to do, so they do not get blocked.
  • Deliberate actions, such as obvious vandalism, will be given no warning.
  • If a warned user ignores communication and continues with undesirable edits, it may be necessary to issue blocks to prevent them from continuing.
  • If a user makes an undesirable edit which is covered in an existing discussion, they should be linked to that discussion.
    • It is against the policies of the Saints Row Wiki to ignore relevant discussion, and if they ignore relevant discussion once being informed, then they are not acting in good faith.
  • A user who refuses to communicate is not acting in good faith, and may be blocked until such time as they respond.
    • When a user is blocked for being non-communicative, the option for them to post on their talk page should be left open.
    • See also: Saints Row Wiki:Discussions

High-traffic[]

During periods of high traffic, such as soon after the release of a game, it may be necessary to take greater measures to curtail vandalism, such as issuing blocks immediately in lieu of warnings, with the blocks reviewed later and possibly removed once warnings are issued.

Red Flags[]

Users editing in bad faith often have several obvious red flags. The Saints Row Wiki's warning system has served as a great method to uncover these patterns, and the types of things users are warned for - and their responses to those warnings - are a great predictor of how that user will continue to behave.

For example, when a user is contacted after making a nonconstructive edit common amongst vandals, the response from the user tells you exactly what kind of person they are, and whether they are editing in good faith or not.

Graduated blocks[]

Each time a vandal returns, they are given an incrementally longer block. For example: 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month.

  • Block durations are the discretion of the blocking admin, and should reflect factors such as the severity, frequency, number of warnings, the number of factors behind the block, and the chance of recurrence.
    • If someone returns after the block expires and immediately does the same thing again, they will immediately get another, longer, block.
  • 1 year blocks are generally reserved for dedicated returning vandals, multi-page vandalism, and harassment.
  • If a user repeats something that they have been warned about but it is not immediately noticed, the block duration should match the length of time since they have made the edit.
    • Avoiding being noticed for ignoring a warning is something that should be discouraged.
  • If a persistent vandal has a dynamic IP address, the IP range will be blocked. The range should be as narrow as possible, to avoid unintentionally blocking entire countries.

Vandalism[]

  • Deliberate actions, such as obvious vandalism, will be given no warning.

First time vandals[]

  • Most vandalism can be reverted and ignored, as most vandals do not return.
  • All first time vandals receive at least a 1 second warning block.
    • This adds them into the block log, which enables admins to immediately see when a previous vandal has returned.
    • Recording IP addresses in the block log also enables admins to see if a certain IP range is responsible for additional vandalism.
  • More severe vandalism, such as multiple page vandalism, may receive a longer block immediately, in order to halt the vandalism. If it has been several hours since their edit, a warning block will suffice.
  • All IP blocks should also block logged in users, all user blocks should also block IP addresses.

Trolls[]

See also: Saints Row Wiki:Civility#Trolls.

Do not engage with vandals or trolls
Vandals and trolls want attention, do not contact them. Revert their edits, and contact a local administrator or a Wikia Staff member if vandalism continues.
  • Vandalism is the act of adding false information or removing valid information.
  • Trolling is the act of attempting to provoke a reaction.

As mentioned in the Civility Policy, trolls who have no purpose but to cause drama are not welcome on the Saints Row Wiki.

Known vandals and trolls from other wikis or websites may be immediately blocked before committing additional vandalism here. For example, past vandals and trolls have often been active users on other wikis, such as competing video game franchises, and have come to the Saints Row Wiki specifically to cause inter-franchise drama.

Experienced editors are given less leeway than new users, as they should already know how a wiki generally functions. In particular, if someone is warned on another wiki about a certain type of behaviour, such as edit-warring, then they are expected to understand that that behaviour is not acceptable here either, and will be given fewer chances than a new users who may not understand that edit-warring is not acceptable.

Block types[]

Creating blank pages[]

Do not create blank pages.

There is no reason for a person acting in good faith to create a blank page. The edit page for non-existing pages explicitly says to not create blank pages, so creating blank pages is explicitly a bad faith edit.

See also: Saints Row Wiki:Creating Articles

Removing content[]

Used when a page is blanked, or a valid fact is removed without explanation.

There is no reason for a person acting in good faith to remove valid information without explanation. Removing valid information is explicitly a bad faith edit.

False information[]

Used in cases of well-written lies being disguised as truths, as well as other demonstrably false information.

There is no reason for a person acting in good faith to add false information. Adding false information is explicitly a bad faith edit.

There are varying degrees of severity.

  • While false information can often be an honest mistake, there is no excuse for replacing something correct with something incorrect.
  • The act of changing information indicates that you have read what the page has previously said, researched it, disproved it, and verified the new fact.
  • Changing a correct fact into a lie is worse than deleting content.

Gibberish / Nonsensical[]

Used when there's literal gibberish added to the fact, as well as blatant lies which are more nonsense than false information.

There is no reason for a person acting in good faith to add nonsense. Adding nonsense is explicitly a bad faith edit.

Irrelevant links to external sites[]

Used for all forms of spam. Also includes repeatedly adding links to tangentially related topics not relevant to the scope of the Saints Row Wiki.

There is no reason for a person acting in good faith to irrelevant links to external sites. Spamming links is explicitly a bad faith edit.

Plagiarism[]

Plagiarism is when you copy someone else's work or ideas and pass it off as your own.

All content on the Saints Row Wiki is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license, and re-use requires attribution.

Copying someone else's work without attribution is not in the spirit of a wiki.

  • If you copy something on the Saints Row Wiki, and post it elsewhere without attribution, that is copyright infringement.
  • If you read something on the Saints Row Wiki, then claim you "discovered" it, that is plagiarism.

Anyone plagiarising the Saints Row Wiki will be blocked from editing the Saints Row Wiki.

There are no "exceptions" to attributing the Saints Row Wiki: You're allowed to use content from the Saints Row Wiki, all you need to do is credit the Saints Row Wiki as the source.

If you don't want to credit the Saints Row Wiki, then simply don't use content from the Saints Row Wiki: stop reading the Saints Row Wiki at all and do your own research.

There is no reason for a person acting in good faith to copy someone else's work without attribution. Copying someone else's work without attribution is explicitly a bad faith edit.

Account violations[]

See also: Saints Row Wiki:Accounts
  • Don't use unacceptable usernames
    • What is considered acceptable varies, but in the past has included insults and impersonation
  • Don't misrepresent yourself
  • Don't use multiple accounts for deception
    • There is no rule against having 2 accounts. There is a rule against using multiple accounts for deception.

There is no reason for a person acting in good faith to act deceptively.

Using an unacceptable username, misrepresenting yourself, or using multiple accounts for deception are explicitly bad faith actions.

Violating Civility Policy[]

See also: Saints Row Wiki:Civility and Saints Row Wiki:Discussions

Formerly known as "Harassment / Abuse / Bullying", this block reason is used for all forms of insults, harassment, trolling, as well as inviting your friends to comment on a discussion which has nothing to do with them, etc.

Harassment is against the Wikia TOU, therefore there will be zero tolerance for user page vandals.

Asking a user a question about their edits is not harassment.

People acting in good faith are unlikely to receive a block for this.

Ignoring multiple warnings[]

This block reason is an umbrella response for any user ignoring warnings.

Whether it being a simple request to remember to capitalise sentences, a warning to use the preview function to check that formatting is valid, or a user refusing to answer a question about their edit, some people need to be blocked to get the point across. This also includes people doing the exact same thing after being blocked.

Generally, 3 warnings are required to trigger this block reason. But a stated refusal to comply with the warning is sufficient to trigger a block.

People acting in good faith are unlikely to receive a block for this.

Repeated pattern of disruptive behaviour[]

See also: Saints Row Wiki:Civility#Trolls.

Trolls often deliberately go against how things are normally done in a way that is "technically" not against any rules, and claim that what they have done is fine because "someone else can fix it".

Deliberately ignoring how things are normally done and leaving it to others to fix it creates more work for other people to clean up, and is not welcome.

There have been users in the past who have deliberately broken every rule just once with the apparent intention of wasting the time of administrators so they will give the user a warning, which the user will then argue about.

If users appear to be doing this, they will be instructed to read the policy pages, and will be informed that they have lost the privilege of a first-offence warning for subsequent offences.

People acting in good faith are unlikely to receive a block for this. As previously stated, there's nothing wrong with simply not knowing something. But it's pretty suspicious when there's someone who somehow doesn't know anything, and refuses to learn.

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