Blocking is the method by which administrators can prevent a registered user account or anonymous IP or IP range from editing the Teen Wolf Wiki. Blocks are preventive rather than punitive measures used to prevent damage and disruption by dealing with vandalism and enforcing community and site-wide policies. Block duration may vary from either a definite or an indefinite time, depending on the severity of the disruption. Blocked users can continue to access the community, but cannot edit any page (and in some instances, including their user message walls). Blocking is one of the most powerful tools entrusted to administrators.
One should assume good faith but all site policies apply to everyone equally.
Blocking on Teen Wolf Wiki is the exclusive purview of the Teen Wolf Wiki administration, Fandom Staff and related personnel for cross-wiki and/or site issues. Administrators may issue blocks to registered and anonymous user accounts by using Special:Block. This page allows administrators to select the account of the intended blocking target, the duration of the block, and the reason for the block. Once blocked, the account will not be able to edit until the block expires, if at all. Blocks may be removed, shortened, or lengthened by Special:Unblock. Any individual account's blocking history is listed at the "block log" link on their contributions page on any given community.
Any user may request a block by messaging an administrator on their message wall. Requests should be substantiated with clear evidence of disruptive behavior. Administrators are not obligated to issue a block and are free to investigate the situation themselves. Users should employ discretion in doing so. If it appears that one user is simply trying to get another user into trouble, they may themselves be blocked.
Administrators are advised to give a warning to users before issuing a block; however, this is at the discretion of the admin. Warnings and/or reminders via edit summaries are okay and can be reinforced by direct messages, if necessary. More serious offenses may go without a warning and be substituted with a shorter block duration. Admins are also advised to allow the blocked user to edit their message wall so they can respond to the action. This is up to the blocking administrator's discretion. Blocks should be for short periods, depending on the severity of the offense, and successive blocks can incrementally increase in duration, but this is not required. Repeated offenses and numerous blocks can lead to indefinite account blocks.
Blocks are subject to review and appeals, though no administrator should undo another administrator's block without discussion. Blocked users wishing to appeal a block may do so by posting on the blocking administrator's wall. If users are unable to edit the community at all (including message walls), leaving a message on the blocking administrator's message wall at Community Central is advised. If an appeal cannot be reached, please wait for the block to end or contribute to a different community, instead. Please note that harassing administrators by messaging them more than once, or leaving more than a single message, or attempting to contact or harass them on other communities about the block, except for Community Central, can result in longer or indefinite blocks.
Requests to appeal the block are also decided in light of prevention and deterrence. A user account may be unblocked earlier if the user agrees to desist and appears to have learned from the matter, or if the temporary block has already ended. Likewise, if the user who has previously returned to inappropriate conduct or policy violation after an appeal, they may find their appeal declined for deterrence reasons.
The following section lists some of the most common reasons for which a block may be issued here on Teen Wolf Wiki. This list is by no means comprehensive.
- Vandalism and Spam — Any edit made to deliberately lower the quality of content on the wiki. In the general sense, adding to or creating content for articles that has no place on the wiki including, but not limited to, obscenities, nonsense, crude humor, page erasing/blanking/removal, etc., creation of non-essential or "spam" articles, templates, categories, subpages, blogs, etc., the insertion of nonsense on non-related material into articles, and spamming external links and advertising to name a few.
- Disruption — Behavior that damages the Teen Wolf Wiki and its community, such as being uncivil or overly aggressive, trolling, flaming, harassment, sexual or racial slurs, etc.
- "Fanon" / Off-topic / False Content — Adding unofficial (false), fan-generated, speculated, or content that has no connection to Teen Wolf. We do not house fan-fiction content on this community (this is inclusive of user pages and blogs). Canon is determined by what is seen in the episodes as they originally aired on MTV. Fanon in the form of written material, altered photographs or other means will be removed in most cases unless admins determine the material is in some way relevant to the canonical material.
- Personal Attacks — While Teen Wolf Wiki administration values your freedom of speech and treats all users as adults, personal attacks can result in an account block. These instances usually consist of an attack on another's race, gender identity or sexuality. But what constitutes a personal attack is very much in the eye of the beholder and admins will use their discretion when determining the severity of the violation and if a block is warranted. This policy extends to personal attacks on the cast or crew. Critique of a performance or episode is welcomed. Attacking a Teen Wolf family member on the basis of their race, gender identity or sexuality will not be tolerated.
- Sockpuppetry and Ban Evasion — An attempt to evade an existing block, whether temporary or permanent, local or global, to continue to edit the community through the practice of using multiple accounts. This is inclusive of creating new accounts to avoid detection, using another user's account (piggybacking) or persuading friends, acquaintances, etc., or other users to create accounts for the sole purpose of supporting one side of a dispute may result in an indefinite block on the offender's multiple, or main, accounts.
- Inappropriate User Account — Creating an inappropriate account name or profile content, whether, in regards to a user (or real person) impersonation or insult, rudeness and obscenity are grounds for a no-warning infinite block. Accounts can be renamed by using the Special:UserRenameTool.
- Plagiarism and Copyright Content — Users who continually add plagiarized content despite being warned, either through a formal message or edit reversion, will be blocked to prevent further violations. We strive to create original content! Links to download the episodes, comics, or other media from torrent sites or unofficial streaming sources are illegal in the United States.
- Edit Warring — This is when two, or more, editors who disagree about the content of a page repeatedly override the other's contributions. This behavior is frowned upon and typically suggested to discuss the problem on their message walls to come to a resolution. Edit warring with administrators is forbidden. Administrators generally know what they're doing as viewed as the community's leader(s), and as such, that should be respected. Pages that are subjected to edit warring or counter-productive edits can be locked until a resolution can be reached. Temporary blocks can be enabled if warnings are not followed.
- Cross-Community Violation — This does not automatically mean that users blocked on one community will be necessarily blocked here. Administrators at Teen Wolf Wiki reserve the right to block users due to persistent disruptive behaviors, either past or present, elsewhere on Fandom.
- Policy Violation — Failing to adhere to the general Fandom's policies or Discussion Guidelines can result in a temporary block.
Blocks may be issued for differing lengths of time at the blocking administrator's discretion. More severe offences and repeat offences can result in a longer (or permeant) block from the wiki. Below is a table illustrating some of the most common blocking reasons and the attributed blocking times.
- Note: This is a guideline only, and blocks may exceed the length illustrated here.
|Vandalism/False Information||1 month+ dependent on offence|
|Spam||1 - 2 months|
|Discussions Spam and/or Vandalism|
|Harming content and/or pages on purpose|
|Creating, or being a member of, a community which actively steals our content (with or without attributions per Fandom ToU)||Infinite — non negotiable.|
|Unacceptable usernames||Block will last as long as the user has the username; when the username is changed (either through acquiring a new account or the URT, the block will be lifted.|
|Abusing multiple accounts for negative reasons||5 months|
|Cross Wiki Spam||1 year|
|Ban Evasions (through multiple accounts and or VPN/Proxy)||Infinite|
|Repeated Harassment of wiki members||1 year — infinite dependent on offence|