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A user is blocked when they are banned from contributing to Destinypedia completely. They can still view pages, but they cannot edit pages, talk pages, log in, or create a new account. Blocking is done to maintain the smooth function of Destinypedia and as preventative action against vandals, and violation of Wiki Etiquette.

A user or IP may only be blocked by an administrator. Blocking can last for different periods of time depending on the infractions.

Reasons for being blocked[edit]

Vandalism[edit]

Vandalism is the most common cause for blocking on Destinypedia. Vandalism is any addition, deletion, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of Destinypedia. The most common type of vandalism is the replacement of existing text with obscenities, page blanking, or the insertion of bad jokes or other nonsense. Fortunately, this kind of vandalism is usually easy to spot. Vandalism also includes adding spam links to pages, and deliberately falsifying information on the page by changing dates, names, or other information.

Note that in order for something to be considered vandalism, it must be done in "bad faith". Though the Internet makes it difficult to determine a person's intentions, problems such as those listed above are obviously done in bad faith for whatever reason. Other problems, such as users testing their abilities to edit, making accidental mistakes, and learning wiki markup, are less clear cut — they can easily be attributed to a new user with good intentions who just does not know how Destinypedia works. In this instance, you should instead kindly inform that user of how to properly use editing tools to help them along.

There is no warning required for vandalism. Vandals are usually blocked on the spot, the time ranges from 2 weeks to a month depending on the extent of the vandalism attributed to that user. Vandalism of multiple pages sometimes warrants longer blocking periods of three months.

Contributing persistent fanfiction[edit]

Destinypedia's Canon Policy clearly states that Destinypedia is only for Destiny canon. Fanfiction is any item or detail that is not officially sanctioned by Bungie or their affiliates, and is thus not canon. Contributing fanfiction, whether it is well known or from one person, is unacceptable on Destinypedia.

Contributing persistent fanfiction is different from vandalism in several ways. First, it is not necessarily done in "bad faith" and so contributors found doing this are not instantly blocked after their first offense. Second, persistent contributors will receive two warnings of some kind from an administrator. This way, the user will have the opportunity to present their sources and correct any mistakes. If the user continues to contribute fanfiction after the second warning, the contributions are considered deleterious to Destinypedia and the user will be blocked.

Blocking for this infraction is done in the judgment of an administrator. Blocking times vary depending on the situation.

Creating pointless pages[edit]

Pages that have nothing to do with the Destiny universe create problems for the community. The What Destinypedia is not page does a good job of outlining what kind of content is irrelevant and should not be created on Destinypedia. A user who created these pages should be warned about them; note that sometimes information is related to Destiny in an indirect way, so a page may not be as pointless as it initially seems.

Repeated creation of pointless pages will result in blocking ranging from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the extent of the infraction.

Edit Warring[edit]

An edit war occurs when two or more editors disagree about the content of a page and repeatedly override each other's contributions. Edit warring is unconstructive and creates animosity between editors, making consensus and article stability harder to reach. Users who engage in edit wars risk being blocked or even banned. An editor who repeatedly restores his or her preferred version is engaged in edit warring, regardless of whether their edits were perceived as justifiable: "but my edit was more accurate, so it wasn't edit warring" is no defense.

If two editors are engaged in an edit war, an Administrator may intervene and take the steps deemed necessary to end the conflict. Such steps include blocking one/and or both users at their discretion. If the editors in question are an admin and a normal user, the admins actions and mannerisms may be examined see the Destinypedia:Code of Conduct for details on how to judge. If an admin's actions have been deemed hostile, rude, or offensive, than a Bureaucrat may revoke their user rights, or ban them at the discretion of the Bureaucrat issuing the ban. For normal users, the same process applies to both editors and the party or parties found guilty are subject to ban.

Harassment and personal attacks[edit]

Destinypedia has made a clear policy on its About page that harassment and personal attacks are not tolerated. Destinypedia must have a positive atmosphere so that users can contribute and cooperate in a way that is constructive. Harassment and personal attacks not only drive away potential users, but also damage Destinypedia by making it a less people-friendly place.

Harassment is a serious infraction on Destinypedia. Refrain from making personal attacks on another user, even when confronting them about the issues stated above. Users who harass and attack others will be banned for an extended period of time, ranging from a month to a year to an indefinite ban.

Point system abuse[edit]

Destinypedia features a point system based on Fallen ranks. Also referred to as "point whoring", abusing the system is when users deliberately make multiple edits on the same page to gain points or advance ranks. Whether this is done on a single article or multiple times, abusing the Destinypedia point system will lead to a ban.