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. One year 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!
- Unlike some administrators, I do not require a waiting period to block a user. I will, however, usually request that you confirm that you want to be blocked and are aware of these guidelines on-wiki. This can be done discreetly on another project such as meta, but there needs to be on-wiki evidence before I place a block.
- Any use of other accounts or logged out editing while blocked will be considered block evasion and a violation of the socking policy. If I or another CheckUser discover this, you will be indefinitely blocked as a checkuser block.