UDWiki:Administration/Policy Discussion/Inappropriate usernames

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Inappropriate Usernames

The UD Wiki does not allow usernames that are confusing, misleading, promotional, offensive or disruptive.

  • Confusing usernames make it unnecessarily difficult to identify contributors.
  • Misleading usernames imply misleading things about the contributor. For example, misleading points of fact, an impression of undue authority, or the suggestion that the account is operated by a group, project or collective rather than one individual.
  • Promotional usernames are used to promote a professional group or company on UDWiki.
  • Blatantly offensive usernames which make harmonious editing difficult or impossible, such as usernames that are bigoted, racist, or deliberately slanderous in nature.
  • Disruptive usernames including outright trolling or personal attacks, or otherwise show a clear intent to disrupt UDWiki.

These criteria apply to both usernames and signatures. Usernames that are inappropriate in another language, or that represent an inappropriate name with misspellings and substitutions, or do so indirectly or by implication, are still considered inappropriate.

The line between acceptable and unacceptable user names is based on the opinions of other editors. If you want to seek approval for a username, you can do so by filing a request with a sysop.

Dealing with inappropriate usernames

Usernames which are obviously inappropriate should be reported to a sysop for administrator attention, along with an explanation of the issue, and can be blocked on sight by any administrator.

Usernames which are not obviously inappropriate, but which may fit the criteria listed above should not be immediately blocked. The issue should be discussed with the account's creator, who may not be familiar with the username policy. They should be encouraged to create a new account with a more appropriate name. If this is unsuccessful, a request for comment on the contributor's username may be created, and the contributor may be required to change their username if a consensus to do so is established. Complaints should be reported within two weeks of the first edit performed under this username via A/VB..

Administrators may issue username blocks under the following circumstances:

  • Usernames that are clearly unacceptable for use on the UDWiki, but have no obvious disruptive intent may be blocked indefinitely, but the block should affect only that account (disable autoblocks, and disable "prevent account creation"). If your account has been blocked for this reason, don't take it personally; it is intended to disable the username you chose, not to prevent you from contributing. Please read this page carefully and choose a more appropriate name.
  • Disruptive usernames that have clearly been created only to cause trouble should also be blocked indefinitely, but in such cases it is usually also desirable to block anonymous editing and prevent further accounts being created (enable autoblocks, and enable "prevent account creation"). Such disruptive usernames may contain harassment or personal attacks, or be easily identifiable as a previously banned user or vandal.
  • Any block issued as a result of a user's behavior may take their username into account, if it is part of the problem. Such a block may be extended to an indefinite block in order to disallow the username. Behavioural blocks are usually issued for vandalism.

Inappropriate usernames do not need to be reported or blocked if the user has made no contributions; most user accounts that are registered are never used.

Grandfather Clause

"To avoid a rush to eliminate established usernames and/or users any username in use prior to 20:25, 1 May 2008 (BST) will be exempt from this policy."

Voting Section

Voting Rules
Votes must be numbered, signed, and timestamped. They can take one of two forms:
  • # comments ~~~~
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Votes that do not conform to the above will be struck by a sysop.

The only valid voting sections are For and Against. If you wish to abstain from voting, do not vote.

Voting closes after 2 weeks of voting. In order to pass, a policy must receive a two-thirds majority and at least 20 total votes.


  1. Well I wrote it... May it burn brightly in the night. Conndrakamod TDHPD CFT 20:29, 1 May 2008 (BST)
  2. To many people against it. Hope you don't feel lonely Conddraka ;) -- Rogue  Sergeant Sarge1.png 05:40, 3 May 2008 (BST)
  3. Like that it has a cutoff date, so that only recent names fall under this policy. --BKM 10:32, 12 May 2008 (BST)


  1. This policy is all wrong for it's intended purpose--Karekmaps?! 20:35, 1 May 2008 (BST)
  2. If you feel a name offends there's probably something wrong with you. --Grarr 20:38, 1 May 2008 (BST)
  3. As Karek. --  AHLGTG 20:42, 1 May 2008 (BST)
  4. If a nickname is offending it is already banned from the community. We don't need to write everything in stone, u know that ? ==People's Commissar Hagnat [cloned] [mod] 20:44, 1 May 2008 (BST)
  5. nope, cant get behind this as a policy. this problem needs to be dealt with on an individual basis. --Scotw 21:02, 1 May 2008 (BST)
  6. Against - As Grarr and Karek. If someone's name really gets your panties in a twist complain on an individual basis. Common sense takes care of the rest.--  ZZ Argh.gifEmot-zombie.gif 22:46, 1 May 2008 (BST)
  7. Against - Don't offensive usernames get banned anyway? DanceDanceRevolutionTalkUrban Dead Media 01:30, 2 May 2008 (BST)
  8. Against - Hurr you don't seem to be able to RISE ABOVE disagreeing with me (goon vote soon to be stricken). But seriously, assume good faith you moron wikicops. --Riseabove 02:58, 2 May 2008 (BST)
    I lol'd.--Karekmaps?! 09:12, 2 May 2008 (BST)
  9. Against - As Karek.--Scurley7 05:12, 2 May 2008 (BST)
  10. Against as others--THE Godfather of Яesensitized, Anime Sucks Yalk | W! U! WMM| CC CPFOAS DORISFlag.jpg LOE ZHU | Яezzens 09:30, 2 May 2008 (BST)
  11. --Cyberbob DORIS CGR U! 10:22, 2 May 2008 (BST)
  12. As above--TagUrIt 15:11, 2 May 2008 (BST)
  13. Against - As Karek.-- BlackReaper 16:41, 2 May 2008 (BST)
  14. Against - as per karek's linked comment ... especially offensive or insulting usernames do need to go. However, as karek said, that is all this policy should address; the rest is unneeded. --WanYao 17:07, 2 May 2008 (BST)
  15. Against - I think it should be chopped down just to the people with offensive usernames get banned. --ZsL 17:29, 2 May 2008 (BST)
  16. Against - Unless you are going to just assign us numbers tattooed on our arms don't tell us what to call ourselves. People on this wiki are offended by the most retarded shit anyway. There wouldn't be anyone left on here. Hmmmm... No, still Against. --The Malton Globetrotters #99 DCC SNACK STRONG 20:25, 2 May 2008 (BST)
  17. Against - "people on this wiki are offended by the most retarded shit". Hey man, don't put yourself down. --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 23:37, 2 May 2008 (BST)
  18. Against - re-think this policy, reduce it to only cover racist or profane usernames. Thebattler35 00:30, 3 May 2008 (BST)
  19. Against - HAY I'M A GOON, STRIKE MY VOTE! On a serious note, if crap should be removed from the wiki simply because "it offends me", then we should have the "right" (sic) to remove the admin team or the DHPD should have the "right" to remove us. In reading all the Against votes, it's nice to see so many wiki users that aren't brain damaged... --Kid sinister 02:13, 3 May 2008 (BST)
  20. Against - As The Grimch --The Grimch U! E! WAT! 04:52, 3 May 2008 (BST)
  21. Against - fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff --カシュー, ザ ゾンビ クィーン (ビープ ビープ) ;x You rated this wiki '1'! Great job, go hog wild! @ 04:56, 3 May 2008 (BST)
  22. Against - It feels like you are new to the internet. --Ducis DuxSlothTalk 02:45, 4 May 2008 (BST)
  23. Against - Trivial issue that is seemingly being used as a false front for an otherwise unjustified assault on other unrelated issues. --Randyest 21:49, 4 May 2008 (BST)
  24. Against - I don't think I've ever seen a username on this wiki that I was offended by, and my sensibilities are rather delicate. --Morgan Blair 19:27, 5 May 2008 (BST)
  25. Against - What is offensive to you is not offensive to me. You may find my kind of comedy to be offensive or I might find your love of telling everyone that they are going to hell offensive.  Billy Club Thorton  T!  RR  19:28, 5 May 2008 (BST)
  26. Against - Sorry man. As Karek said on the Talk Page, it's over complicating the issue. -- Cheese 23:27, 6 May 2008 (BST)
  27. Against - I thought I already voted against this.--Jorm 01:17, 7 May 2008 (BST)
  28. Against - It's not really clear enough; there's a chance this could be abused. Perhaps rewrite this to make it more clear, and give clear guidelines as to what is and isn't considered acceptable? Colbear 09:47, 8 May 2008 (BST)
    Against - Because the original proposer is a prick --Cuntdrakka 00:35, 11 May 2008 (BST) Vandal Vote struck. -- Cheese 21:21, 14 May 2008 (BST)
  29. Against - As Karek --Metabob 14:13, 14 May 2008 (BST)
  30. Against - "The UD Wiki does not allow usernames that are confusing, misleading, promotional, offensive or disruptive." - Yes it does. Otherwise some moron who believes in that water walking Jewish zombie could ban my name. No one is required to be here, if a name offends you, don't fucking read it. -- To know the face of God is to know madness....Praise knowledge! Mischief! Mayhem! The Rogues Gallery!. <== DDR Approved Editor 18:44, 14 May 2008 (BST)
  • Voting Closed - 3 For, 31 30 Against. Failed to achieve the 2/3rds majority and as a result: Policy Failed. -- Cheese 21:19, 14 May 2008 (BST)
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