Wikipedia:General sanctions/Climate change probation

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Community discussion[edit]

A community discussion (found here) has placed Climate change and related pages on article probation - effective as of 23:30, 1 January 2010 (UTC). Please direct all discussions of this remedy to Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents.


Pages related to Climate change (broadly construed) are subject to the following terms of article probation:

  • Any editor may be sanctioned by an uninvolved administrator for disruptive edits, including, but not limited to, edit warring, personal attacks, incivility and assumptions of bad faith.
    • Sanctions imposed may include restrictions on reverts or other specified behaviors, bans from editing the climate change pages and/or closely related topics, blocks of up to 1 year in length, or any other measures the imposing administrator believes are reasonably necessary to ensure the smooth functioning of the project.
    • For the purpose of imposing sanctions under this provision, an administrator will be considered "uninvolved" if he or she is not engaged in a current, direct, personal conflict on the topic with the user receiving sanctions (note: enforcing this provision will not be considered to be participation in a dispute).
  • Prior to any sanctions being imposed, the editor in question shall be given a warning with a link to these provisions; and, where appropriate, should be counseled on specific steps that he or she can take to improve his or her editing in accordance with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Sanctions imposed under this provision may be appealed to the imposing administrator, the appropriate administrators' noticeboard (template), or the Arbitration Committee.
  • Administrators are not to reverse such sanctions without either (1) approval by the imposing administrator, or without (2) community consensus or Committee approval to do so.
  • All sanctions imposed are to be logged at Wikipedia:General sanctions/Climate change probation/Log.

How to avoid being subject to remedies[edit]

  • Do not edit-war;
  • Interact civilly with other editors;
  • Avoid making repeated comments unrelated to bettering the article;
  • Avoid repeatedly discussing other editors, discuss the article instead;
  • Not much leeway in pages under probation, so basically be a model Wikipedian;
  • We actually know when we cross the line; we are all intelligent people;
  • Don't get worked up when you get subjected to remedies such as a temporary block or ban. Take a break and come back refreshed.

Notification of probation[edit]

Articles within the scope of this probation may be tagged on their talk pages with Template:Community article probation filled out as follows:

{{Community article probation|main page=Climate change|[[Wikipedia:General sanctions/Climate change probation]] for full information and to review the decision}}

This template will automatically categorise articles into Category:Articles on probation. Note that the "Main page" field should be left as shown above, since the main page for this set of articles under probation is Climate change. For a list of pages that are currently tagged, see here.

Articles under a special editing restriction should display a matching WP:Editnotice. The suggested text for a 1RR restriction is:

 | header = Note!
 | headerstyle = font-size:150%; text-align:center;
 | textstyle = background-color: #cfc; border-width: 4px; border-style: solid; border-color: #88a; text-align:center;
 | text = This page is under a 1 [[WP:Edit warring#Reverting|revert]] rule restriction due to the 
    [[Wikipedia:General sanctions/Climate change probation|climate change  topic community probation]]. 
    Do not make any edit to the article that reverses the edit of another user in whole or in part more than 
    once in any 24 hour period. Avoid  [[WP:edit warring|edit warring]] and seek [[WP:consensus|consensus]]
    for any contentious edits at [[Talk:{{PAGENAME}}]]. Editors who fail to adhere to these standards may be 
    [[Wikipedia:Blocking policy|blocked]] from editing for a short period.
 {{Active editnotice}}<!-- Categorizes page as having an editnotice. -->

To notify a user on their talk page that an article is under probation, Template:uw-probation can be used. This can be referenced with:

{{subst:uw-probation|PAGE NAME|Wikipedia:General sanctions/Climate change probation}}

where PAGE NAME needs to be changed to the name of the relevant article.

Please record notifications in the appropriate table at Wikipedia:General sanctions/Climate change probation/Log#Notifications.

See also[edit]