Help talk:Blocking users

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Don't leave red links lying around![edit]

Per the deletion rationale maybe "nobody cares" (although I doubt it, since somebody created the link) but if that's true it's incumbent on the deleting admin to remove the incoming links, especially from the Help namespace. One red link here becomes thousands if this is propogated to every Mediawiki installation in the world.

For now I am assuming that somebody does care and listing this is a needed page. --kingboyk 17:20, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

Yeah we have been leaving red links lying around in the Help:Contents, kind of as prompt to create missing content, but we've reached the point now where it's actually useful to copy the help pages we have so far. As such, we should start avoiding red links i.e. ensure that the Help pages are a consistent self contained set which are "complete" as far they go, at any given time... either that or create a downloadable "release" bundle, at times when all red links are eliminated. -- Harry Wood 11:09, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

Configuration section[edit]

I'm currently debating with myself as to whether this section should be part of this page or moved to the appropriate Manual page instead. The reason for this is outlined on Project:PD help where it states "The PD help pages do not contain information for server administrators, about how to install, configure, or maintain MediaWiki software." However, I felt that sysops wondering why they don't have a certain checkbox on the interface would be curious as to why they don't have it, which is why I included it. I do realize that Manual:Block and unblock exists and would be a perfect spot for this information, but that would then cause an extra page load for said curious sysops. Your opinions please! --Skizzerz 22:57, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

I moved that section to Manual:Block and unblock where it belongs (although we can link it from this page). The Public Domain Help Pages do not mention config settings (except maybe as small "admin tips"). We need to be quite strict about this because there's lots of places where we could mention them, but we need to limit the scope. -- Harry Wood 16:21, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

Prevent account creation - temporary or permanent if account is blocked indefintely?[edit]

If the Prevent account creation is checked when a user is blocked indefinitely, will the IP address then be prohibited indefinitely from creating new accounts as well, or does the latter block expire after a while? - Tournesol (talk) 20:48, 12 January 2016 (UTC)

Alternate URL: Special:Blockip[edit]

For some reason, my MediaWiki 1.9.3 installation does not have a Special:Block page, nor a redirect built in. Eventually I found Special:Blockip which judging by this guide is 90% similar (some wording changes and a few options not shown). Should it be listed as an alternate URL here, e.g. "visit Special:Block (or in version x.x.x+, Special:Blockip)" ? I think it may be helpful for others. --208.86.172.1 15:33, 1 March 2018 (UTC)