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You have shown interest in See #topic codes for options. Due to past disruption in this topic area, a more stringent set of rules called discretionary sanctions is in effect. Any administrator may impose sanctions on editors who do not strictly follow Wikipedia's policies, or the page-specific restrictions, when making edits related to the topic.

For additional information, please see the guidance on discretionary sanctions and the Arbitration Committee's decision See #topic codes for options. If you have any questions, or any doubts regarding what edits are appropriate, you are welcome to discuss them with me or any other editor.
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Usage

Some pages and topics on Wikipedia are authorised for Arbitration Discretionary Sanctions (DS). Users editing these pages may be alerted that discretionary sanctions are in effect. You must use this template to do so.

Alerts ensure a user knows what is expected of them. Alerts are a neutral courtesy; never use them to intimidate, coerce, or shame another editor.

To alert a user, open a new section on their user talk page. Paste the following code into it, replacing topic code – see list with the corresponding code from the table below. Type an appropriate subject line, then save the page.

{{subst:alert|topic code here – select from list}} ~~~~

Special rules govern alerts. You must not give an editor an alert if they have already received one for the same area of conflict within the last twelve months. When you attempt to save the template to a user talk page, you'll be prompted to check the relevant logs and page history, with links to them.

You also should not issue alerts to editors who have posted a {{Ds/aware}} notice on their talk page for a particular topic area, thus declaring they are already aware of the topic sanctions. If that is the case, the filter will remind you that leaving an alert for this user is not necessary.

Do not add additional text underneath the template. Alerts longer than 1700 bytes (i.e. 1700 characters) will not be logged and tagged. You should post additional comments, if required, underneath the alert and in a second edit (full explanation).

The template is flexible through the parameters |2=, which adds text to the box (but see above about total length limit), and |sig=, which adds your signature.

{{subst:alert|topic code here – select from list|2=If you have questions, please contact me.|sig=yes}}

Logging

Using this template will trigger EditFilter 602. As a result, your edit containing the alert will be tagged with "discretionary sanctions alert". Edits with this tag can be searched for in user contributions, user talk page histories, Special:RecentChanges, and the log of EditFilter 602.

Therefore, an automatic system log of all alerts is maintained. You need not do anything except leave the alert.

To see whether a user has been Alerted to discretionary sanctions, load the history of their user talk page and search for discretionary sanctions alert under the 'tag filter' field. You can use the {{Ds/log}} template (usually alongside {{user}} in noticeboard reports) to quickly generate links for conducting searches of issued alerts.

Additionally, current instances of the template are tracked here and counted here. Alerts that were subsequently deleted from the user's talk page will only appear in the EditFilter log, so this is the primary tracking mechanism.

If your alert does not log, please seek assistance at Template talk:Ds.

Codes

When leaving a user an Alert, you must replace |topic code – select from list with the relevant topic code:

Topic code Area of conflict Decision linked to
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{{subst:alert|9/11}} the September 11 attacks Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/September 11 conspiracy theories
{{subst:alert|a-a}} Armenia, Azerbaijan, or related conflicts Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Armenia-Azerbaijan 2
{{subst:alert|a-i}} the Arab–Israeli conflict Wikipedia:Arbitration/Index/Palestine-Israel articles
{{subst:alert|ab}} abortion Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Abortion
{{subst:alert|acu}} Complementary and Alternative Medicine Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Acupuncture
{{subst:alert|aerc}} the Ancient Egyptian race controversy Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Ancient Egyptian race controversy
{{subst:alert|ap}} post-1932 politics of the United States and closely related people Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/American politics 2
{{subst:alert|at}} the English Wikipedia Manual of Style and article titles policy Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Article titles and capitalisation
{{subst:alert|mos}} the English Wikipedia Manual of Style and article titles policy Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Article titles and capitalisation
{{subst:alert|b}} Eastern Europe or the Balkans Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Eastern Europe
{{subst:alert|blp}} living or recently deceased people, and edits relating to the subject (living or recently deceased) of such biographical articles Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Editing of Biographies of Living Persons
{{subst:alert|cam}} complementary and alternative medicine Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Acupuncture
{{subst:alert|cc}} climate change Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Climate change
{{subst:alert|cid}} discussions about infoboxes and to edits adding, deleting, collapsing, or removing verifiable information from infoboxes Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Civility in infobox discussions
{{subst:alert|e-e}} Eastern Europe or the Balkans Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Eastern Europe
{{subst:alert|ecig}} the Electronic cigarette topic area Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Editor conduct in e-cigs articles
{{subst:alert|fg}} Falun Gong Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Falun Gong
{{subst:alert|gc}} governmental regulation of firearm ownership; the social, historical and political context of such regulation; and the people and organizations associated with these issues Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Gun control
{{subst:alert|gg}} (a) GamerGate, (b) any gender-related dispute or controversy, (c) people associated with (a) or (b), all broadly construed Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/GamerGate
{{subst:alert|ggtf}} (a) GamerGate, (b) any gender-related dispute or controversy, (c) people associated with (a) or (b), all broadly construed Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/GamerGate
{{subst:alert|gap}} (a) GamerGate, (b) any gender-related dispute or controversy, (c) people associated with (a) or (b), all broadly construed Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/GamerGate
{{subst:alert|gmo}} genetically modified organisms, commercially produced agricultural chemicals and the companies that produce them, broadly construed Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Genetically modified organisms
{{subst:alert|ipa}} India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/India-Pakistan
{{subst:alert|lr}} Liancourt Rocks Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Liancourt Rocks
{{subst:alert|lw}} Landmark Worldwide Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Landmark Worldwide
{{subst:alert|muh-im}} Muhammad Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Muhammad images
{{subst:alert|old}} longevity Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Longevity
{{subst:alert|pa}} (a) GamerGate, (b) any gender-related dispute or controversy, (c) people associated with (a) or (b), all broadly construed Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/GamerGate
{{subst:alert|pr}} Prem Rawat Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Prem Rawat
{{subst:alert|ps}} pseudoscience and fringe science Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Pseudoscience
{{subst:alert|r-i}} the intersection of race/ethnicity and human abilities and behaviour Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Race and intelligence
{{subst:alert|saq}} the Shakespeare authorship question Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Shakespeare authorship question
{{subst:alert|sen}} the Senkaku Islands dispute Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Senkaku Islands
{{subst:alert|sci}} Scientology Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Scientology
{{subst:alert|tm}} the Transcendental Meditation movement Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Transcendental Meditation movement
{{subst:alert|tpm}} post-1932 politics of the United States and closely related people Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/American politics 2
{{subst:alert|tt}} the Troubles Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/The Troubles
{{subst:alert|we}} Waldorf education Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Waldorf education

Advanced users' notes

  • Substituted instances of this template are tracked using the Z-number template {{Z33}}. Use of this template can be tracked at Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Z33.
  • Edits containing a substituted instance of this template will trigger AbuseFilter 602. The exact text which triggers the AbuseFilter are declared in the publicly-viewable filter conditions.
  • If the parameter |1= fails to display, |topic= or |t= can be used instead.
  • This template will return an error if:
  • |1= or an equivalent is not declared;
  • the template is not substituted; or
  • the template is used outside the user talk or user namespaces.


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