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'''Blocking''' is a method that allows staff members to address vandalism, inappropriate usernames, bots, and disruptive behavior by technically preventing a user from editing.  
 
'''Blocking''' is a method that allows staff members to address vandalism, inappropriate usernames, bots, and disruptive behavior by technically preventing a user from editing.  
 
Blocks can be temporary or indefinite in time and may be applied to:
 
Blocks can be temporary or indefinite in time and may be applied to:
* User accounts  
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* User accounts (at a page, namespace, or wiki-wide level)
 
* IP addresses
 
* IP addresses
 
* IP address ranges  
 
* IP address ranges  
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A blocked user may continue to access Bulbapedia, but will not have the ability to edit any of its pages.  
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A blocked user may continue to access Bulbapedia, but will not have the ability to edit any of its pages because of the block.  
    
==Procedure==
 
==Procedure==
If a user fails to follow the policies and guidelines of Bulbapedia, {{bp|Warning policy|official warnings}} should be issued by a member of staff, guiding them away from inappropriate behavior. A user who does not adhere to warnings and persists in rule breaking behavior, or substantially violates Bulbapedia's rules, may be blocked.
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If a user fails to follow the policies and guidelines of Bulbapedia, {{bp|Warning policy|official warnings}} should be issued by a member of staff, guiding them away from inappropriate behavior. A user who does not adhere to warnings and persists in rule breaking behavior, or substantially violates Bulbapedia's rules, may be blocked
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Depending on the type of offense, staff may use page or namespace (such as User: or Appendix:) blocks.  These may be used either a first resort - for example, preventing a user from editing the userspace, or from editing a specific anime episode article.  Alternatively, staff may use blocks maintain order after a wiki-wide block expires, for example preventing a user from editing a page they were previously edit warring on.  In either case the principles behind the Blocking Policy apply to the Block; it should be proportionate with the issue at hand and well-explained to the user.
    
Please note that blocking is not the preferred way for a situation to be resolved. A user may be asked by a member of staff to refrain from editing an article or a certain type of article for a period of time. If the user follows these instructions, then no block will be instituted. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a temporary block. Blocks are generally cumulative in nature and will increase in duration for repeat offenses. A user who is blocked for 1 week due to sockpuppetry (using one or more fake accounts) may be blocked for 2 weeks or longer on a subsequent offense.  
 
Please note that blocking is not the preferred way for a situation to be resolved. A user may be asked by a member of staff to refrain from editing an article or a certain type of article for a period of time. If the user follows these instructions, then no block will be instituted. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a temporary block. Blocks are generally cumulative in nature and will increase in duration for repeat offenses. A user who is blocked for 1 week due to sockpuppetry (using one or more fake accounts) may be blocked for 2 weeks or longer on a subsequent offense.