Commons:IP block exemption
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This policy in a nutshell: Users in good standing whose editing is disrupted by unrelated blocks or firewalls may request IP block exemption, which allows editing on an otherwise-blocked IP address. The right is given exceptionally only for good reasons, and may be removed if concerns arise or when it is no longer needed.
Normally, long-term blocks of IP addresses or ranges do not affect logged-in users. However, it is occasionally necessary to block both anonymous and logged-in users in this way to prevent disruption.
Administrators are always exempted from such blocks (with the exception of Tor blocks). Other users can request IP blocking exemption on a per user basis if they can show good cause.
IP block exemption allows users to edit without interruption, when their usual IP would otherwise be blocked through no fault of their own. It can also be used (exceptionally) to allow editing via an anonymizing proxy such as Tor.
Users granted IP block exemption should be aware that breach of this policy, including unauthorized editing via proxies, or significant concerns over account abuse or other conduct, may lead to removal of the IP block exemption right.
Requesting and granting exemption
The IP block exemption flag has two main uses:
These are handled differently, due to the additional safeguards involved for open proxy usage.
Used to bypass an IP range block
"Hard" IP range blocks are used to prevent persistent disruption from temporary accounts and sock-puppets within an IP range. A user with a credible editing record who would be affected by this measure, may be exempted from the block at administrative discretion, to allow them to edit uninterrupted through the IP range block.
The conditions for granting this are that:
In addition, IP exemption may also be given by an administrator without a request, to prevent good-faith users being affected by a hard IP range block. The user should be informed that in order to prevent vandalism, a block has been applied to their IP range, and they have been exempted from it. They should clearly be recommended to read this section, and especially that the flag may be removed if used to edit via a blocked proxy. (See tags and templates below)
Who may request – A user affected by an IP block that is unrelated to their editing and that prevents them editing with a logged-in account.
How to request – Request IP block exemption as part of an unblock request. You must ask from your registered account. Requests posted to the user talk page of the IP address will be automatically declined. Administrators granting this right may sometimes need to consult a checkuser to confirm the problem, or may wish to obtain further review by posting the request onto an administrative list or page for discussion if unfamiliar with the case.
Used for anonymous proxy editing
Editing via an anonymous proxy can be easily abused, so it is only granted under exceptional circumstances. Examples of users who may reasonably request an exemption include users who show they can contribute to the project, and (for existing users) with a history of valid non-disruptive contribution, but are either being hindered by restrictive firewalls, or for exceptional reasons must edit via anonymous proxies.
Note that avoidance of checkuser, or specific checkusers, is not usually considered a sufficient reason – concerns over checkusers should be discussed with the stewards or the Ombudsman commission.
Who may request – A user who has genuine and exceptional need, and can be trusted not to abuse the right. This is a level of trust equal to that given Administrators, as IP block exemption is an administrative tool.
How to request – Email your request to info-commons
IP exemption is a privilege given to users who need the right, and who are trusted not to abuse it. Typical reasons why exemption may be removed from an account:
As with any block (which exemption removal can effectively be), a neutral administrator may remove the right or seek discussion of perceived issues by the community. Due to the potential for abuse, credible concerns over abuse endorsed by the community may at times be sufficient for removal. However in all cases, removal should be preventative and not punitive.
Administrators guide
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See also
Last edited on 28 July 2021, at 18:19
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