Wikipedia:Administrators willing to make difficult blocks

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This page has been created in response to the increasing numbers of admins who are being threatened and harassed off-site or in real life because of admin actions they have taken on Wikipedia. The real-life harassment is usually possible because admins have inadvertently given out too much personal information about themselves, perhaps incrementally without realizing that an adversary would be able to piece the information together, or because when they first joined Wikipedia, they felt they had no reason to preserve their anonymity.

Although comparatively rare, examples of harassment can include cyberstalking, offline stalking, being outed without their consent, verbal humiliation, threats of physical violence, being contacted at home, threats to family, being contacted at work, dismissal from work, and mocking.

The list below consists of admins who are either certain there is no information on Wikipedia that leads to their real-life identities, or else who are willing to deal with the consequences that difficult blocks can lead to.

Any admin faced with a disruptive or abusive editor, or who is being threatened because of having previously blocked such a person, can contact one of the admins on this list and request that they take over the case. All the admins on the list have their e-mails enabled so that contact can be made discreetly. In serious cases please contact the volunteer response team directly.

Even if you are on the list yourself, you might still want to ask another admin to take over in a situation where you have been personally threatened and would feel safer if more than one admin were involved. Admins on the list should feel free to remove their names at any point without giving a reason.

Administrators who are on this list and who like userboxes might like to add {{User difficultblocks}} to their user page. This adds the user to Category:Wikipedia administrators willing to make difficult blocks and also the following userbox:

This administrator can, and will, make difficult blocks if needed.
Or use: [[Category:Wikipedia administrators willing to make difficult blocks|{{PAGENAME}}]]

List of admins willing to make difficult blocks

  1. Shanes 02:11, 9 April 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. jpgordon∇∆∇∆ 04:18, 9 April 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. ausa کui × 07:42, 10 April 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  4. CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 09:24, 10 April 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  5. My mobile number is (Redacted), my home address is on my domains and my home number is in the mailing list archives ... I don't have time to deal with the difficult-case requests I'm already asked to investigate, but I'm listing myself here on principle. Fuck these abusers - David Gerard 21:37, 10 April 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  6. If someone is concerned about harassment and doesn't want to perform a block, I will perform the block for them. (Don't be offended if I get a second opinion before I do the block in complex cases.) FloNight talk 16:24, 28 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  7. Well, here's a bit out of the way, and I'm retired anyway... dave souza, talk 00:44, 5 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  8. Ever watch Boston Legal? Sometimes I feel like I'm the "Alan Shore" of administrators. SWATJester Denny Crane. 06:25, 30 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  9. No worries, I'm a level 40 ninja. Cheers, CP 23:27, 17 November 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  10. Aye. Black Kite 00:39, 22 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  11. Yep. Although my identity's very public, I'm perfectly willing to talk with people who are not getting along with Wikipedia. William Pietri (talk) 07:37, 24 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  12. Alex Bakharev (talk) 05:13, 8 May 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  13. On principle, but normally I am reluctant to make blocks at all if there is any alternative. DGG (talk) 20:47, 31 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  14. Certainly. Although an on-demand block is not guaranteed. --Anthony.bradbury"talk" 16:23, 2 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  15. utcursch | talk 04:33, 28 September 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  16. After eight years as an admin, I discovered the existence of this page! Jimfbleak - talk to me? 11:46, 9 August 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  17. Max Semenik (talk) 08:20, 23 May 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  18. Lay it on me. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 00:19, 24 December 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  19. Issues? Get a tissue. œ 06:00, 21 August 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  20. Please be advised that I will examine the situation over the individual unless the individual is the common denominator to multiple situations. Therefore, please be aware of WP:BOOMERANG. Mkdwtalk 21:53, 12 November 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  21. I rush in where angels fear to tread. I have no problem making the tough choices. Special:EmailUser/The Wordsmith is the quickest way to get my attention. The WordsmithTalk to me 08:53, 12 July 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  22. Absolutely. Always happy to help if needed, no matter the cost. ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 01:49, 20 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  23. — Newslinger talk 01:12, 10 January 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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