Wikipedia:Admins 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 IDs, 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:

No sign.svg 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)
  2. jpgordon∇∆∇∆ 04:18, 9 April 2006 (UTC)
  3. Friday (talk) 04:36, 9 April 2006 (UTC)
  4. Rx StrangeLove 06:24, 9 April 2006 (UTC) Sure, my personal situation makes me fairly immune from threats of this sort. And just as a reaction to some talk page discussion, this isn't an offer to act as a hired gun, it should only be requested if someone is concerned about harassment outside of Wikipedia and doesn't want to perform a block because of that fear. Rx StrangeLove 06:24, 9 April 2006 (UTC)
  5. REDVERS 11:11, 9 April 2006 (UTC)
  6. jacoplane 17:08, 9 April 2006 (UTC)
  7. ausa کui × 07:42, 10 April 2006 (UTC)
  8. CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 09:24, 10 April 2006 (UTC)
  9. With above. Ral315 (talk) 13:56, 10 April 2006 (UTC)
  10. My mobile number is +44 7990 822 568, 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)
  11. GTBacchus(talk) 00:44, 11 April 2006 (UTC)
  12. I too, am Spartacus. Kyle Barbour 21:16, 5 May 2006 (UTC)
  13. 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)
  14. Defending our cause. -- Szvest 22:21, 1 June 2006 (UTC) Wiki me up™
  15. I do not hesitate to block as long as it is done out of necessity. --BorgQueen 14:09, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
  16. I don't have time to edit from work, so there's no danger of me being Gator1ed. Tomertalk 03:33, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
  17. FT2 (talk) email me - On principle. If it's appropriate, it'll be done. Period. FT2 (Talk | email) 18:38, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  18. I'm not all that secretive about my identity, but I don't care. Angry vandals can come to my house and say hello to my little friend. Kafziel Talk 19:48, 14 February 2007 (UTC)
  19. Well, here's a bit out of the way, and I'm retired anyway... dave souza, talk 00:44, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
  20. Ever watch Boston Legal? Sometimes I feel like I'm the "Alan Shore" of administrators. SWATJester Denny Crane. 06:25, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
  21. I am willing to step in once matters have escalated or there is a genuine fear that they will do so. I will AGF toward the requestee and move swiftly; I will take take the consequences but the responsibility remains with said requestee (i.e. please no "not wanting to offend a friend".) LessHeard vanU 21:50, 21 May 2007 (UTC)
  22. Moreschi Talk 18:25, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
  23. Anthøny 20:44, 22 October 2007 (UTC)
  24. No worries, I'm a level 40 ninja. Cheers, CP 23:27, 17 November 2007 (UTC)
  25. Definitely. Dreadstar 01:09, 30 November 2007 (UTC)
  26. Just ask Gnangarra 01:22, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
  27. « Gonzo fan2007 (talkcontribs) @ 21:28, 28 January 2008 (UTC)
  28. Please email or message me anytime for assistance.--VS talk 21:28, 28 January 2008 (UTC)
  29. — Coren (talk) 00:32, 13 February 2008 (UTC)
  30. Aye. Black Kite 00:39, 22 February 2008 (UTC)
  31. Sure. Icestorm815Talk 04:45, 23 February 2008 (UTC)
  32. -- Consumed Crustacean (talk) 22:05, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
  33. 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)
  34. Alex Bakharev (talk) 05:13, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
  35. Dlohcierekim 00:20, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
  36. I live in the biggest city in the world. Good luck finding me :) --jonny-mt 05:25, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
  37. 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)
  38. Certainly. Although an on-demand block is not guaranteed. --Anthony.bradbury"talk" 16:23, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
  39. --Jza84 |  Talk  20:45, 8 September 2008 (UTC)
  40. John Vandenberg (chat) 09:34, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
  41. Still willing. Bearian (talk) 19:21, 20 October 2008 (UTC)
  42. NawlinWiki (talk) 20:43, 7 November 2008 (UTC)
  43. I live on a small island far away. Kind of hard to carry out any threats...--Aervanath lives in the Orphanage 02:40, 13 December 2008 (UTC)
  44. I have no qualms standing up in public in support of my onwiki actions, and have always used my real life name and identity on the internet. The death threats I have received have not caused me great personal trauma because I belong to the WP:DGAF crowd when it comes to such matters. The telephone calls I have received at work have not been too problematic, either. I am willing to step in and help a fellow admin when needed, for great justice and epic lulz. Jerry delusional ¤ kangaroo 06:11, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
  45. I already seem to attract the kooks. Toddst1 (talk) 18:54, 6 September 2010 (UTC)
  46. utcursch | talk 04:33, 28 September 2010 (UTC)
  47. I believe that "everybody has something to add to Wikipedia: many just don't know it yet". However, intelligent sanctions sometimes are required. As long as you don't bullshit me, then I won't let the rest of the bullshit win. (talk→ BWilkins ←track) 21:26, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
  48. After eight years as an admin, I discovered the existence of this page! Jimfbleak - talk to me? 11:46, 9 August 2011 (UTC)
  49. User:Fred Bauder Talk 19:56, 27 August 2011 (UTC)
  50. WGFinley --WGFinley (talk) 17:38, 15 December 2011 (UTC)
  51. Max Semenik (talk) 08:20, 23 May 2012 (UTC)
  52. Lay it on me. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 00:19, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

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