Hey guys! Today I got banned and am not sure why. I could not edit or post on my discussions, and thought, “is this a glitch?” A few hours later, I looked at the User Rights page on my wiki and saw this staring right back at me:
The block was made by FANDOM Staff.
Reason given: This username or IP address is prevented from editing across the entire FANDOM network due to vandalism or other disruption.
I am a prominent member of the Fortnite Wiki, have Discussions Moderator, have 5,000 global edits, and have only been banned once, which was 2 years ago. Is anybody able to give any insight into this ban? Thanks!
Hi, you will need to contact Staff using Annabeth and Percy's link. They can provide a more detailed explanation of the block. Avoiding a global block using another account is considered sockpuppeting and could lead to further blocks.
The Bansheee, I agree with your assessment. Since you are using the same account you tried to use before, it clearly is a global IP block not a global block on your account. Even so, the only way to fix it is to contact staff. If you don't mind me asking, what kind of network were you using when you got the block notification?
I see. Using cellular hot spots can be trouble when it comes to these things. They are effectively the same as VPNs. You get assigned some random IP from a giant pool and it is entirely possible that a previous user of the IP committed vandalism; thus getting the IP blocked. Even if it isn't blocked, it looks suspicious if anyone ever investigates or IP history. So I try to avoid using them when possible.
I emailed staff, but they said that IP addresses just circle around a lot, which is BS b/c if they really circle around, then the person who previously had it doesn’t anymore, meaning I am the only one who is blocked because of it, meaning I can be unblocked with no consequences.
It is not BS. As I said, that is just how mobile hot spot IPs work. The issue is that websites don't have a reliable way to know if an IP is a home network or a mobile hot spot/VPN. So they just block them assuming the vandal will return on the same IP. This potential case is why permanent IP bans and large IP range bans are strongly discouraged. Even if they know it is a mobile hot spot, they still need to block the vandal. Getting blocked due to sharing an IP with a vandal is just one of the risks associated with using a mobile hot spot and/or VPN. If you are using those services, then that is just something you need to deal with.
No, it could just be a troll using VPN to create new accounts, and he or she was discovered and was globally banned. I don't really think it could be someone who has "a bone to pick with" you. Because VPNs just mean you're sharing a IP with a whole lot of other people, and there's no way of knowing who you're sharing it with, for security reasons.
If you are using a home router, then it was probably a guest or someone else who regularly uses your home network. Either that or a mistake on Fandom's part. VPNs allow users to share IPs but only within a certain pool. A VPN service should not be using IPs that have been assigned to home networks. Well, assuming they are doing everything according to regulations.
Did I miss something? I thought this was a about a global block; not about the Fortnight wiki.
The Bansheee, the only thing you can do is try to make sure that no one using your family's home network it the vandal. Unfortunately, there is no socially acceptable way to do this. It is really quite unfortunate.
There was recently another user who was IP blocked from a wiki because of their friend. They let the friend use their home network and the friend abused it to vandalize the wiki. So the wiki blocked the friend and the IP; which was really the other user's IP.