Sometimes users ask to be blocked. Wikipedia's blocking policy says that "typically, such requests are refused." Typically they are, but not invariably. Some administrators, including myself, are willing to consider placing self-requested blocks.
The requirements listed below are my personal standards for placing a self-requested block. Requests meeting these terms may still be declined at my discretion. Requests may be made by e-mail or on my talk page. E-mail requests will be taken in confidence, up to the point where I actually place a block. The block log will of course give user request as the block reason.
- I will not block accounts with brief editing histories or shared ip addresses.
- I will not place indefinite or permanent ("infinite") blocks. Six months is the maximum term I will consider.
- With the block, I will usually also block you from editing your own talk page and from using Wikipedia's e-mail system. The reason is my assumption that you're asking for a block as a help to resist the addiction, and will be better off with as few channels as possible for worrying at wikimatters. That's negotiable, though. I will not unblock you on request, and I ask that no other admin unblock you without consulting me first. (Barring exceptional circumstances, I'll be dead against it.) That's not negotiable. So, really, don't ask if you're not serious!
- I will usually impose a waiting time of 24 hours or more, depending on circumstances, from the first time you ask before I'll actually block. This is from experience of overly spontaneous requests from people at a time when they're upset.