UDWiki talk:Administration/Policy Discussion/Prevent Harrasment

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Needs a clause allowing sysops to still be able post on that page for official reasons. -- Cheese 18:30, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

Done.--ShadowScope'the true enemy' 18:33, 5 February 2011 (UTC)


You spelt harassment wrong. =p -- Cheese 18:40, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

I like it

This is a textbook example of something we do based on precedent but haven't yet set forth into policy. The need is clear. However, the document itself is rough around the edges and will need a bit of revision. Namely:

  • Use the word harassment less. It makes it sound like you're trying to outlaw trolling, when you're just making people the masters of their own domains.
  • Don't make people "use their header" (whatever that means). Make them place the list 'clearly' on their talk page. Nothing in the style of <!--Hey, Example_User! If you post here I'll get you banned! :P--> should be allowed, for obvious reasons, but we can't force people to put something in a specific place on their talk page.
  • Double check your grammar and sentence structure. My subconscious doesn't like it.

But again, it does seem necessary. --VVV RGPBMBCAWS 21:04, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

Boxy And Aichon have persuaded me otherwise. --VVV RGPBMBCAWS 01:37, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

I don't like it

You'll end up with n00bs banning pretty much anyone who posts something that they don't want to hear on their talk page. The requirement to go through arbitration in order to remove someone's freedom to post where they like is necessary to ensure that there is actually harassment going on before they are banned from the page. The classic example of this is Iscariot, and his long term "ban" on any sysop whatsoever posting to his talk page, despite the majority of them in no way harassing him. This would make such a ban legitimate, and mean that anyone of them who inadvertantly posted to the talk page (without an admin reason) would automatically get a warning despite their intentions (good or bad faith). There have been plenty of other examples.
The process of getting a ban approved via arbies could do with some simplifying, perhaps, and some way to kill off the "I refuse all artitrators" defense -- boxy talkteh rulz 21:33 5 February 2011 (BST)

I completely agree with boxy and furthermore think that this is a terrible abortion of a policy. There are so many legitimate reasons for using someone's talk page, and there are so many ways for prima donnas to freak out and start "banning" people from their user space. For example, someone might habitually forget to sign their posts and then get irate when being repeatedly reminded. We shouldn't encourage users to wall themselves off from others, nor should we create policies to pander to a very small minority who just can't bear to interact. The wiki is a community, if you can't deal with people using your talk page then gtfo.--GANG Giles Sednik CAPD 23:39, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
I'm with boxy and Giles on this one. First off, let me direct folks to the third paragraph here. These types of arbitrations are to be avoided, not encouraged or made simpler. This sort of thing is supposed to be a last resort, not a first attack, and making it easier for people to slap folks with a vandalism charge is bad. And, as Giles said, walling people off from the community is a serious matter. Allowing it to happen at all is something that is taken very seriously, hence why these cases go to arbitration and why only a handful of them have ever stuck.
Next, this policy makes two faulty assumptions. First, it assumes that anyone posting on a talk page who has been asked not to post there is doing so in bad faith, which is not necessarily correct. Second, I'd say that only about half of the time people are asked not to post on a talk page is it a classic case of harassment. The other half the time, it's just someone overreacting and banning anyone that they don't like. Pair these two issues together, and you'd end up with cases where new User A just doesn't like veteran User B because they got off on the wrong foot, A bans B from their page, and thus B is never able to offer helpful tips or correct A's mistakes and explain why they were corrected.
We've definitely had a few cases where some of our veteran users have made abrasive comments towards n00bs, but they'll just as quickly turn around and be more than eager to genuinely help the n00b with something when it's obvious they need help. Or they'll offer decent advice if it's obvious that the n00b has managed to embroil themselves in wiki politics with no idea of how to tread water. In the process of doing so, quite often, these people come to a mutual understanding with one another. A policy like this would make it impossible for them to ever reconcile their differences, and would set the bar so low for this sort of thing that far more people would be inclined to take advantage of it. Aichon 00:00, 6 February 2011 (UTC)
i am a meat puppet and always agree with boxy.----sexualharrisonStarofdavid2.png ¯\(Boobs.gif)/¯ 00:35, 6 February 2011 (UTC)
While I see Trips' point of providing a shortcut of unnecessary Arbies and am a fan of cutting down on red tape, I think the potential issues far outweigh the benefits. It will make it harder to get through to thick newbs and is open to abuse. It gives also ops a strong moderator role, as they will get called up to deem talk page interaction as vandalism or not, without the chance to learn about the case and the reasons as they could in arbies. Finally, dedicated harassers will work around the policy and try to stalk their victim anywhere but on their talk page. Besides, when was the last time someone wanted someone off their talk page? Last time I remember were Cornholioo and Doodles, and both were pretty inane cases to begin with. -- Spiderzed 01:40, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

Yeah, I am starting to see the problems with this policy. Not sure if the criticisms could actually be resolved with this policy, so I'm leaning towards letting this policy be abandoned and archived, but I'll think about it before I make a decision. Fixing the "I refuse all arbitrators" loophole would seem to be more useful for if someone does want to enforce a "ban" on communication via talk pages, but again, I have to think about how to do it that way without infringing on a person's right to representation.--ShadowScope'the true enemy' 01:54, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

There actually isn't a loophole. If someone refuses all arbitrators, sysops can step in to assign someone that they deem to be a fair arbitrator. People just forgot about that rule for awhile, but it is there somewhere. Aichon 02:15, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

I concur with boxy. There are more mature ways to deal with harassment than simply telling someone to shut up, which is almost what this is. --Penguinpyro 05:32, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

We've had this discussion before somewhere. I couldn't find a withrdrawn or a rejected policy regarding it so the conversation itself must have been a tangent on an A/VB archive or A/PD archive. Not a good idea, especially when it as open as it is- the big reason for rejection that I remember was a simple fact that without regulating where and how the messages were put, people will try to enforce notices on their talk pages that could be hidden, hard to read or at the bottom of the page rather than the top, etc. The idea was mostly thrown out as a method for pricks and idiots to cause drama and harassment in itself. -- ϑanceϑanceevolution 06:34, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

Looked through a years worth of Talk:A/VB archives, and talk:A/A archives etc and A/PD and found nothing of the conversation I mentioned, which is a bummer because it would have been a good read. -- ϑanceϑanceevolution 09:03, 6 February 2011 (UTC)
IRC logs?--Yonnua Koponen Talk ! Contribs 15:42, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

I would be strongly against this policy because of the reasons above and also because as a sysop I could not in good faith rule vandalism solely for the reason of a personal rule on one's talk page. If a user enstates these types of rules, they should be responsible for enforcing them, not rely on the sysops to enforce them with an automatic A/VB ruling. ~Vsig.png 07:08, 6 February 2011 (UTC)


I like the idea of not requiring a full arby for these, but not the idea of cutting out any and all due process entirely. Perhaps allowing users to create an A/A case which doesn't need a full arbitration, but a neutral arbitrator to just rubber-stamp the proposed ban quickly? Any problem arising from it can be settled in a full A/A case, but this would be the sort of "restraining order" thing which wouldn't require the "hostile" party's involvement. Thoughts? When I fall, I'll weep for happiness 13:12, 7 February 2011 (UTC)

So a shorthand "Quickie" arbies? Boilerplate thing "I want X to stop posting on my talk page because Y?" Runs through the same page but needs someone to confirm? Although whats the criteria for the overseer? --RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 19:46, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
On the list of arbitrators, victim agrees with them. Any problems after the fact and it goes to actual arbitrationing. When I fall, I'll weep for happiness 19:52, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
This is already in practice. See the case for Zombie Lord v Bob Boberton, where they agreed to keep out of each others hair and just had an arbitrator rubber stamp it. Doesn't need a new policy.--Yonnua Koponen Talk ! Contribs 19:53, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
ZL v BB had both parties involved in an agreement, this is not the same as what I'm suggesting. When I fall, I'll weep for happiness 19:55, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
I'm assuming all such things would have to be equally enforced on all talk pages of all involved parties? I'd hate for it to be used as a tool against noobs by a flametastic veteran. --RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 19:57, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
Anything achievable by the standard arbies agreement would just be the standard here too. It's essentially a fast-track method of the standard case, not requiring the offending party to be involved. The catch is that we trust the arbitrator to be sensible - and if they're not, then it goes to proper arbitration as is already the case. When I fall, I'll weep for happiness 20:01, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
Fair. --RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 20:03, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
I like your idea but does this comprise you suggest extend to talk pages only, or to any page? Blocking someone on your talk page through arbitration without consulting said person is nice, but if said person continues harassment outside the talk page it serves little purpose. --Umbrella-White.pngThadeous OakleyUmbrella-White.png Talk 20:14, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
Talk and possibly group talk. User/group front pages fall under A/VB anyway, and anywhere else is too much for something so cursory. When I fall, I'll weep for happiness 20:17, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
Although, on second thought, this specific process shouldn't be called arbitration but something else. Arbitration is to solve an issue between two parties, your suggestion is more of a quick ignore button. --Umbrella-White.pngThadeous OakleyUmbrella-White.png Talk 20:19, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
Now that I actually understand what you're suggesting, I'm against it. You suppose that the "offending party" isn't involved. If a case of this was put through overnight, somebody could get VB'ed in the mornign for something they know nothing about.--Yonnua Koponen Talk ! Contribs 20:24, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
That's simply poor maintenance on behalf of the arbitrator of the case and the offending party - if your first action of a day is to jump into discussion with someone aggrieved by you without checking anything that's happened overnight; and the arbitrator who concluded the thing hasn't let you know either; then it's far from the fault of the system. When I fall, I'll weep for happiness 20:27, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
The offending party would of course be notified on his talk page. Still, I'm getting on the fence here. Not involving the other party doesn't solve the underlying issue, the actual cause of harassment. --Umbrella-White.pngThadeous OakleyUmbrella-White.png Talk 20:30, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, I think the current arbitration system is much better, especially (as somebody pointed out further up the page) how talkpage bans should be a last resort, not first instance.--Yonnua Koponen Talk ! Contribs 20:32, 7 February 2011 (UTC)

Derp derp derp

You own your own userpage, so really you could already do this, although it would make you a gigantic faggot. Failing that, stop being such a pussy and delete the comments/take the person to arbi if it continues. Simples. --Ash  |  T  |  яя  | 15:28, 10 February 2011 (UTC)

Kind of true. --RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 16:55, 10 February 2011 (UTC)
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