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This page contains policies related to blocks.

See Saints Row Wiki:Policy 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 purpose:

  • To prevent disruptive edits to the wiki.

People acting in good faith are unlikely to be blocked.

Civility[]

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

Warnings[]

  • Deliberate actions, such as obvious vandalism, will be given no warning.
  • For all other cases, warnings will be given before any blocks are issued.
  • Good faith should be assumed, and the user should be contacted regarding their edit in order to help them.
    • For example: If someone does something contrary to an existing policy, they should be linked to the policy page.
  • If a user who has been warned 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 this wiki to ignore relevant discussion, and if they ignore relevant discussion once being informed, then they are not taking part in the community.
  • A user who refuses to communicate 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.

Blocks[]

See Special:BlockList for a list of current blocks. Too many extended blocks is a sign of poor adminship and/or a tyrant. The Saints Row Wiki rarely has more than a few active blocks.

First time vandals[]

  • Most vandals do not return. Most vandalism can be reverted and ignored.
  • All first time vandals receive at least a 1 second warning block.
    • This adds them into the block log and enables admins to immediately see when a previous vandal has returned, without checking their past contributions
    • Recording IP addresses in the block log also enables admins to see if a recurring vandal is coming from a certain IP range.
  • 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.

Recurring[]

Each time a vandal returns, they should be given an incrementally longer block: 1 day, then 1 week, 1 month.

  • Block durations are the discretion of the blocking admin, and should reflect factors such as the severity, frequency, and number of reasons for the block, and the chance of recurrence.
  • 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 and it is not immediately noticed, the block duration should match the length of time since they have made the edit.
  • 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.

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.

Vandals and 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 lee-way 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.

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

See also: Saints Row Wiki:Creating Articles

Removing content[]

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

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

False information[]

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

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

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.

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

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 this wiki.

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

Plagiarism[]

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

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

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

Unacceptable username[]

See also: Saints Row Wiki:Accounts

What is considered acceptable varies, but in the past has included insults and impersonation.

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

Abusing multiple accounts[]

See also: Saints Row Wiki:Accounts

There is no rule against having 2 accounts. There is a rule against using multiple accounts for deception.

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

Violating Civility Policy[]

See also: Saints Row Wiki:Civility

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.

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

Ignored multiple warnings[]

Whether it being a simple request to remember to capitalise sentences, or a warning to check added links are valid, some people need to be blocked to get the point across. This also includes people doing the exact same thing after being blocked.

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 - such as by requiring 3 warnings about separate things within a week - they will be instructed to read the policy pages, and will lose 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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