All The Tropes:How We Do Bans Around Here
This is a guideline document, not a policy document.
In a perfect world, every contributor to All The Tropes would make useful, witty, on-topic edits that follow the Content Guidelines. The Moderation Staff know that this is not a perfect world. Sometimes, an edit is the exact opposite of useful, witty, on-topic, and following the Content Guidelines.
In worst cases, somebody makes a habit of making edits that are the exact opposite of useful, witty, on-topic, and following the Content Guidelines; or makes edits that are blatantly against the rules. This page discusses what to do when that happens: these are guidelines as to what sort of behavior qualifies for a "tempban" or a permanent ban, and what warnings need to be given before a ban is put in place.
This document assumes the terms "tempban" and "temporary block" are synonyms.
- 1 What is not grounds for any kind of ban
- 2 What is grounds for a tempban or permanent ban
- 3 Warnings
- 4 Duration of a tempban
What is not grounds for any kind of ban
Some behavior that qualifies for a temporary block on other wikis is acceptable here. This includes:
What is grounds for a tempban or permanent ban
Grounds for a permanent ban without warning on the first occurrence
Some activity needs to be stopped as soon as it's identified. Doing any of these is grounds for permanent termination of editing rights without warning:
- Using the wiki to break the law, including but not limited to:
- Posting child pornography or links to such content
- Posting "hate speech" as defined in Sec. 18(1) of the Public Order Act of 1986 (POA) of the United Kingdom or Articles 137(c) and 137(d) of the Dutch Criminal Code
- Spamming off-topic posts from a user account, or an IP address known to belong to a spammer ("known" includes but is not limited to being listed at StopForumSpam.com's IP Check).
- Blanking or otherwise massively vandalizing a content page.
Grounds for a tempban without warning on the first occurrence
Some things need to be stopped as soon as they're identified, but the Troper who did them can be given a second (or third) chance to follow the Troper's Code after a period of time away from editing the wiki. These include:
- Putting the wiki as a whole at risk, including but not limited to:
- Bowdlerization of page content in a manner that suggests the presence of Censorware on the user's system.
- Violating the Terms of Service or the Content Guidelines.
- Spamming off-topic posts from an IP address not known to belong to a spammer.
Grounds for a warning on the first occurrence and a tempban on a repeated occurrence
Some things are contrary to the Troper's Code, but don't need to be stopped as soon as they're identified. These include:
- Repeatedly ignoring a mod. (Disagreeing with a mod is okay; ignoring the mods altogether isn't.)
- Refusing to learn from honest mistakes, or repeatedly making the same honest mistake after it's been pointed out.
- Removing without explanation text that was previously presented as opinion, on a page where opinions are acceptable. All WMG and YMMV subpages count as pages where opinions are acceptable.
- Removing without explanation tropes on a work page or works on a trope page.
- Adding strong language to a page that shouldn't have it, or removing strong language from a page that should have it. Work pages for works that would be rated G if they were films released in the USA definitely fall under the "shouldn't have it" heading. Work pages for works that would be rated NC-17 if they were films released in the USA definitely don't.
- Adding lewdness to a page that shouldn't have it, or removing it from a page that should. Work pages for works that would be rated G or PG if they were films released in the USA definitely fall under the "shouldn't have it" heading. Work pages for works that would be rated X or NC-17 if they were films released in the USA definitely don't.
- Being disruptive repeatedly - especially if no apology was made for the first occurrence.
- Impersonating a mod - including but not limited to threatening to ban another user (especially if the other user had not done anything that would merit a tempban according to this page).
- Repeatedly uploading files without choosing Licensing for them, as mentioned on All The Tropes:Uploading and Adding an Image to a Page.
We're using the mathematician's minimum definition for "repeatedly": Tropers get two chances before being tempbanned for this type of behavior.
A warning is given on the Talk page of the Troper being warned. Casual comments on a forum, in IRC, or board-to-board do not count as warnings as far as this guideline is concerned.
A warning is given by a member of the Moderation Staff, and includes at minimum:
- a statement why the warning is being issued;
- a statement that continued behaviour will lead to a tempban; and
- a set of "pings" to the Troper being warned and all other members of the Moderation Staff (and, if the behaviour directly affected another Troper, a ping to that Troper).
Duration of a tempban
The duration of a temporary block is at the discretion of the moderation team member who puts the block into effect, and will vary depending on the nature of the grounds for the tempban (lawbreaking is worse than fiddling with strong language, for example) and whether the troper is a repeat offender.
The minimum block for a minor first offence is one day.
Moderation team members are allowed but not required to follow the predefined escalation list for the duration of subsequent blocks for repeat offences against the Troper's Code. As of February 6, 2020, the predefined block periods are:
- 2 hours (which is rarely if ever used on this wiki)
- 1 day
- 3 days
- 1 week
- 2 weeks
- 1 month
- 3 months
- 6 months
- 1 year (which for all intents and purposes acts as a permanent block)
- indefinite (which is a permanent block)
There is an option to enter a different duration.
While a first "attention getter" block is often two days in duration, there is no requirement that these tempbans be of this duration. Indeed, if a user who needs a tempban contributes infrequently enough, a longer -- perhaps much longer -- duration may be needed simply to guarantee the inconvenience necessary for getting their attention. This is, as always, left to the discretion of the moderator imposing the ban.
If an action is serious enough that it is grounds for a tempban without warning on the first occurrence, the duration of the block should be no less than two weeks.
If you wish to see previous versions of this guideline, or you want to know when this guideline was last updated and what was changed, please review the page history by selecting "History" from the menu at the top of this page.