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User ban: update with current guidelines
User bans are an '''extreme last resort''' for us. They are ''embarassing'', because they are an admission that our community is not strong, patient, and professional enough to deal with unwanted edits using the simple freedom built into the Wiki way. In addition, they are ''terribly ineffective'' -- a user can change IP address by moving to another computer, or of course just change to use another user account. Lastly, they make an ''enemy'' out of a potential friend. Our project is enough of a challenge; we don't need enemies.
If there is a need for a user ban, someone needs to nominate the user or IP address for banning on the [[Wikitravel:user ban nominations]] page. If the ban gets seconded by two administrators, and no objections from administrators, within 3 days, the ban goes into effect. If a nomination is not unanimously supported, then a broad consensus for the block is the only necessary requirement before the block be instated. Any administrator may also apply a user ban at their discretion at any time, if they feel that the damage done while discussing the ban for 3 days would be unsupportable. However, the administrator has to put the ban on the nominations page, also, and if the vote doesn't pass, the ban is removed. Bans made without a vote and without an understanding of the gravity of this action are considered '''abuse''' by the administrator. In other words, a user ban is a really, really big deal.
Any administrator may also apply a user ban at their discretion at any time, if they feel that the damage done while discussing the ban for 3 days would be unsupportable. However, the administrator has Exceptions to put the ban on the nominations page, also, and if the vote doesn't pass, the ban is removed. Bans made without a vote and without an understanding of the gravity of this action are considered '''abuse''' by the administrator. In other words, a user ban is a really, really big deal.nomination process include:
Only the most short-term temporary bans (* Blocks of one day or less) are exempt from the user ban nominations process. They are when used as a discretionary tool for administrators . These blocks are sometimes used in slowing exceptionally high-volume unwanted edits (e.g., move vandalism), or to halt the vandalism (however temporarily) to create space to clean it up. In general such blocks should be applied for very short periods (two hours or less) and only increased in length if the vandal persists.* Blocks of anonymous, automated scripts. Automated scripts that add spam to Wikitravel are typically blocked for a period of three months. Note that if the IP address being used for spam has also been used to make legitimate edits then a shorter block should be applied since some IP addresses are shared by large pools of users.* Blocks of [[:WikiPedia:Wikipedia:Doppelganger account|Doppelgangers]], which are user accounts meant to mimic another account for the purposes of causing confusion. For example, "Joel" and "Joe1" look the same, but the second version uses the number one instead of the letter "l". Doppleganger accounts may be permanently blocked without any need for a ban nomination.
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