A block is a method by which administrators can prevent a user or IP address from contributing to the Marvel Database either temporarily or permanently. The main objective of a block is to stop detrimental edits and preserve a pleasant environment. It's a sanction against a user that has repeatedly violated any of the Marvel Database's policies and guidelines. No user is exempt from being penalized. A block can be appealed, and can be lifted in the blocked editor agrees to change their behavior, see Appealing to a Block for more information.
Blocking will only be immediate and permanent if an editor poses an urgent threat to the Marvel Database (for instance, if they are a vandal). Otherwise, a system of three strikes will be used to get their attention before actually blocking them. A message explaining which rule(s) the user is breaking will be posted on their wall by an admin. The message will be reposted another two times if the user continues editing without showing any sign of change. The final message will include in its title the clarification that it will be the final notice before a block.
The duration of a block will vary depending the severity of the violation. Vandals, spammers and sock-puppeteers will be given a permanent block. Continuous and severe violations of the Manual of Style (bad grammar, failure to cite sources, disregard for the image upload procedure and low-effort edits) will be penalized with a 1-week block. Users that add misleading information (including fan-created content and false references) will be penalized with a 3-week block. Users that display toxic behavior or harass others will be penalized with a 4-week block. For other types of offenses, the duration of the block is up to the discretion of the administrator that enforces the block.
- Intentional addition of false or misleading information
- Violation of the Manual of Style
- Violation of the Naming Conventions
- Deletion of content from pages without reason
- Addition of fan-created content
- Toxic behavior
- Abuse of multiple accounts
- Inserting false references
- Use of unacceptable username
Users that repeat an offense or commit another one after returning from the blocking period will be blocked for two months. If a user continues with this type of behavior, they will be penalized for a third and final time with a permanent block.
It is possible for users to appeal to a block. If you have been blocked, please reply the block message in your wall to explain why you should be unblocked. If the administrator that blocked you assumes they can trust you in following our site's rules from then onwards, the block will be removed.