Blocking users is an action that sysops can perform upon users or IP addresses to prevent them from editing the wiki.
Blocking users is fairly straightforward, visit Special:BlockIP and follow these steps:
- IP Address or username: Enter in the username, IP address, or IP range to block in the "User" field. If blocking a username, make sure to check the spelling since nonexistent users can be blocked as well. Instead of typing this information in manually, it is also possible to click on a "block" link in recent changes, contributions pages, or history pages, which will automatically fill in this field with the appropriate username or IP address. A "Block this user" link is also present in the toolbox when viewing User and User talk pages.
- Expiration: Select when the block should expire from the drop-down, or manually type in an expiration time of the block. When manually typing in a time, follow the GNU standard format. The default options in the drop-down may be modified at MediaWiki:Ipboptions.
- Reason (optional): The reason selected from the drop-down combined with the other/additional reason specified will be used as the message displayed to the blocked user when they try to edit. The default reasons in the drop-down may be modified at MediaWiki:Ipbreason-dropdown.
- Select additional block options (optional): Depending on if a username or IP is being blocked and other options that may have been enabled, some or all of these options will be displayed on the form. Please see the configuration section for information of how to enable or disable some of the following options.
- Block anonymous users only: This option is only available when blocking an IP address. When selected, registered users who try to edit using a blocked IP address will still be able to edit. Otherwise, they will be unable to edit as well.
- Prevent account creation: Selecting this option will prevent the blocked username or IP address from creating new accounts for the duration of the block. It should typically be disabled when blocking accounts with inappropriate names (to allow the user to create an account with an appropriate name) though it should be enabled when blocking bad-faith names.
- Automatically block the last IP address used by this user, and any subsequent IPs they try to edit from: This option is only available when blocking a username. When selected, the user's IP will become "autoblocked" (these show up as the user's IP mask on the active block list) for a short period of time and any other IP addresses that the blocked user tries to edit from will be blocked as well.
- Prevent user from sending e-mail: This option is only available when blocking a username. When this option is selected, It will disable the user from sending e-mail to other users for the duration of the block. This option should not be used by default, rather only in case of continued abuse of the "E-mail this user" feature. (Still, in situations where an administrator feels e-mail abuse is extremely likely, they may use their discretion.)
- Hide username from the block log, active block list and user list: When selected, the blocked username or IP address will be hidden from the block log, the active block list, or the user list. Other users with the ability to view these hidden entries will still be able to see and unblock the username or IP address. This option is not enabled in a default installation of MediaWiki, see the configuration section for information on how to enable it if this functionality is desired.
- Watch this user's user and talk pages: When selected, this adds the blocked user's user page and user talk page to your watchlist.
- Double-check everything you entered and click on Block this user. A message should appear saying if the block was successful or unsuccessful.
To unblock a username or IP address, go to the active block list and click on the (unblock) link next to the user or IP you wish to unblock. Then, enter in an optional reason and click on the unblock button. A message should appear saying if the unblock was successful or unsuccessful.
What it means to be blocked
Blocked users are unable to edit pages, upload files, move pages, and perform other actions that additional user rights would grant. Sysops or others with access to the blocking and unblocking interface may still block and unblock others (including themselves) while blocked.
Depending on the site configuration, blocked users may still be allowed to edit their own user talk page.
The configuration options below can be set in LocalSettings.php and can be used to enable or disable certain aspects of the blocking interface.
$wgSysopUserBanscontrols the ability for sysops to block usernames. This is true by default.
$wgSysopRangeBanscontrols the ability for sysops to block ranges of IP address. This is true by default.
$wgAutoblockExpirycontrols how many seconds need to pass until a block on an "autoblocked" IP address will expire. The default is 86400 seconds, which is the same as 24 hours (one day)
$wgBlockAllowsUTEditcontrols whether or not a blocked user is able to edit their own user talk page. This is false by default.
$wgSysopEmailBansand the blockemail user right control the ability for sysops to prevent users from using the Special:EmailUser interface.
$wgSysopEmailBansis true by default.
- The hideuser user right controls the ability for sysops to prevent a blocked user from appearing in the block log, the active block list, and the user list.