Wikipedia:Arbitration/Active sanctions

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This page lists the currently active sanctions imposed through the arbitration process. It transcludes portions of the main general sanctions and personal sanctions listings; all changes should be made to those pages instead of this one.

Types of sanctions[edit]

The following is a list of the most common types of restrictions. More unique restrictions which have been imposed in unusual circumstances are not listed.

Account restriction
The user is limited to editing with a single account.
Civility restriction
The user may be blocked if they make any edits which are judged by an administrator to be uncivil, personal attacks, or assumptions of bad faith.
Generally, editors on probation may be banned from pages they edit disruptively, either for a set period of time or indefinitely, by action of an uninvolved administrator. (Although the wording of probation remedies sometimes varies, so be sure to check the specific case.) Probation is used as an alternative to an outright topic ban in cases where the editor shows some promise of learning better behavior.
Revert limitation
The user is limited to one revert per page per week (excepting obvious vandalism), and is required to discuss any content reversions on the page's talk page. They may be blocked if they exceed this limit or fail to discuss a content reversion.
Topic ban
The user is prohibited from editing any page related to a particular topic, and may be blocked if they do so.
General restriction
Administrators may impose one or more specific restrictions (as listed in each individual case) on editors.
Discretionary sanctions
Administrators may impose any sanctions which they believe are reasonably necessary to ensure the smooth functioning of the project.

General sanctions[edit]

This section is transcluded from Wikipedia:General sanctions.
Case Applicable area Standard Sanctions Special Restrictions Notes
Abortion, broadly construed Contentious topic A one-revert restriction (1RR) was removed in September 2020.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, broadly construed Contentious topic
American politics 2
Post-1992 politics of the United States and closely related people, broadly construed Contentious topic The year was changed from "1932" to "1992" in January 2021.
Antisemitism in Poland
Polish history during World War II (1933-1945) and the history of Jews in Poland Extended confirmed restriction (area also falls under WP:CT/EE) All articles and edits in the area are subject to a "reliable source consensus-required" contentious topic restriction. When a source that is not an article in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, an academically focused book by a reputable publisher, and/or an article published by a reputable institution is removed from an article, no editor may reinstate the source without first obtaining consensus on the talk page of the article in question or consensus about the reliability of the source in a discussion at the Reliable Sources Noticeboard. Administrators may enforce this restriction with page protections, topic bans, or blocks; enforcement decisions should consider not merely the severity of the violation but the general disciplinary record of the editor in violation. The extended confirmed restriction in this area is from 2020; the "reliable source consensus-required" restriction was
added in 2021 and modified in 2023.
Armenia-Azerbaijan 2
Armenia, Azerbaijan, and related ethnic conflicts, broadly construed Contentious topic
Article titles and capitalisation
The English Wikipedia Manual of Style and article titles policy, broadly construed Contentious topic
Civility in infobox discussions
Discussions about infoboxes and to edits adding, deleting, collapsing, or removing verifiable information from infoboxes Contentious topic
  1. Any uninvolved administrator may apply infobox probation as a contentious topic restriction per remedy 2. That user will be indefinitely restricted from:

    • adding, deleting or collapsing infoboxes;
    • restoring an infobox that has been deleted; or
    • making more than one comment in a discussion, where that discussion is primarily about the inclusion or exclusion of an infobox on a given article.

    For clarity, an editor under probation is permitted to edit an already existing infobox, but should be cautious of giving the appearance that they are attempting to game their probation as this may lead to more contentious topic sanctions.

    They may, if they wish, add an infobox in the same edit or series of edits when they:

    • create a new article; or
    • convert an article from a redirect.

    The user under probation may also participate in wider policy discussions regarding infoboxes with no restriction.

  2. All discussions about infoboxes and to edits adding, deleting, collapsing, or removing verifiable information from infoboxes, are designated as a contentious topic.
Climate change
The climate change topic, broadly interpreted Contentious topic
COVID-19, broadly construed Contentious topic
Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe and the Balkans, broadly construed Contentious topic The original Balkans remedy is from 2011's Macedonia case; Eastern Europe was added in 2019.
Editing of Biographies of Living Persons
All living or recently deceased subjects of biographical content on Wikipedia articles Contentious topic
Falun Gong
Falun Gong, broadly construed Contentious topic
Gender and sexuality
Gender-related disputes or controversies and associated people Contentious topic
Genetically modified organisms
Genetically modified organisms, commercially produced agricultural chemicals and the companies that produce them, broadly construed Contentious topic; 1RR
Gun control
Gun control, including governmental regulation of firearm ownership; the social, historical and political context of such regulation; and the people and organizations associated with these issues Contentious topic
Horn of Africa
All pages relating to the Horn of Africa (defined as including Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and adjoining areas if involved in related disputes), broadly construed Contentious topic Originally a three-month trial, made permanent in November 2021.
All pages related to India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, broadly construed Contentious topic
Iranian politics
All edits about, and all pages related to, post-1978 Iranian politics, broadly construed Contentious topic
Kurds and Kurdistan
The topics of Kurds and Kurdistan, broadly construed Contentious topic
Palestine-Israel articles 4
The entire set of articles whose topic relates to the Arab-Israeli conflict, broadly interpreted; edits relating to the Arab-Israeli conflict, to pages and discussions in all namespaces with the exception of userspace Contentious topic; extended confirmed restriction; 1RR Reverts made to enforce the extended confirmed restriction are exempt from the provisions of 1RR. Also, the normal exemptions apply to 1RR. Editors who violate 1RR may be blocked by any uninvolved administrator.
All pages relating to pseudoscience and fringe science, broadly interpreted Contentious topic
Race and intelligence
The intersection of race/ethnicity and human abilities and behaviour Contentious topic
The Troubles
All pages relating to The Troubles, Irish nationalism, and British nationalism in relation to Ireland, broadly construed Contentious topic; 1RR