Wikipedia:Smite

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Wikipedia attracts people from all walks of life and a great many of its users are omnipotent deities, angels, demons and other such divine beings. Being omnipotent these entities have powers akin to an admin however one of the many abilities they do not share with other admins is the capacity to Smite users.

Smiting[edit]

Smiting takes on many forms. In some instances it can take the form of an Eternal Block or in other instances, a bolt of lightning may shoot from the sky or spring from the computer and strike the User who is being smote. Alternatively, fire may issue from the computer and incinerate or otherwise scald the user.

Legal issues[edit]

Smiting could be considered a form of assault but WP:Assume good faith dictates that the omnipotent being doing the smiting is only looking out for the best interests of Wikipedia. It is also worth noting that according to the Geneva Convention as well as the Human Rights Act, deities are above the law. The Geneva Convention however is void on Wikipedia and so deities who break WP policies are likely to get blocked.

Times when Smiting is allowed[edit]

Smiting could be considered a form of personal attack because it involves quite literally attacking a person. If a deity smites a user simply for disagreeing with them in a debate or offending their god-like pride then Smiting would constitute a form of trolling. However if a user is themselves breaking the rules of Wikipedia by such means as personal attacks, sockpuppetry, meatpuppetry or breaking WP:NOR or WP:POV and blocking has failed then an omnipotent being would be perfectly entitled to smite them.

Oversmite[edit]

There are some deities (particularly in the Greek pantheon) who are extremely proud and have a tendency to smite too much. However smiting where it is not necessary (for instance, turning someone into a spider if they boast that they are better at editing than you) will result in the deity in question being blocked.