Wikipedia:Indef blocked userpages

Current PolicyEdit

User pages in this category are for users who have been indefinitely blocked and now only exist temporarily, usually to provide information to the users or allow them a suitable period of time to contest blocking.

Pages in this category are tagged with one of several indefinite block templates, or added directly using [[Category:Temporary Wikipedian userpages]] to avoid feeding trolls or discouraging newcomers.


This seems like censorship, I mean, why delete user pages? It isn't to save space on the server, because the log is still there, It even gives them recognition because it makes them seem important enough to be considered a threat, and it doesn't seem to do anything else important, I mean, sockpuppets get their own pages! why don't these people?

Potentially harmful user pagesEdit

If a username or userpage can cause harm to someone, delete it. A users phone number, address, real name, age, or other personal information in a username or on another users page without the users permission can endanger that user. This does not just include information of Administrators, although they are a common target for this sort of attack. Usernames and userpages containing statements of Libel or Legal Threats are against policy and should be deleted on sight.

Attack PagesEdit

See The Wikipedia Policy on Attack Pages, as this section is already Wikipedia Policy.

Sock puppet pagesEdit

"Sock puppet pages are kept for tracking purposes; they provide information useful to countering them, such as patterns and recent activity. This does not apply to most blocked users, and there is precedent for deleting sock puppet pages once the vandal becomes inactive." -- Pathoschild[4]

"We don't need to build shrines for vandals, we don't need to recognise their impact to the point where we label each and every their brand new sock with "look! it's really HIM!". We don't need to feed vandals' vanity by stating that every wannabe pagemove vandal may be them. We don't need to state that Grawp is banned - we simply don't need it to block his socks on sight. And finally, we don't need to turn him into Willy on Wheels The Second - what's next, {{grawp}} expanding to {{sock|Grawp|blocked}} like it was before with {{wow}} and numerous userboxen like "this user hates Willy"? Gosh, we can live with just one concise long-term abuse report." -- MaxSem[5]

Sock puppet pages are like a hall of fame to a sockpuppeteer. While sock puppet pages are currently kept for "tracking purposes"; this may in fact be Feeding the puppeteer, while making a centralized page on the puppeteer makes "tracking" much less like a "hall of fame".

If all Sock Puppets are the same person, why keep multiple, and in some cases dozens. Grawp, the infamous HAGGER??!?!?!????! vandal, had His userpage and sockpuppet categories deleted.

Why keep User:Also, WIKIPEDIA IS COMMUNISM and not User:Almostcrime?

Exceptions to Sockpuppet PagesEdit

All other problematic user pagesEdit

"I've proposed a few times that we shouldn't be deleting the pages unless they are problematic. There are a lot of very good reasons to keep them, such as reviewing the situation behind the blocks by non-admins." -- Ned Scott [4]


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