Wikipedia:General sanctions/COVID-19

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Community sanctions in this area of conflict have been superseded by an Arbitration Committee sanctions regime. As a result, this community sanctions-related page is now obsolete, is retained only for historical reference, and should not be modified. For more information about Arbitration Committee sanctions, see this page. For the specific Committee decision that rescinded or modified these community sanctions, see Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/COVID-19 (closed on 16 June 2021). All enforcement requests should go to the arbitration enforcement noticeboard and logging should be done at the arbitration enforcement log.

Community discussion[edit]

This community discussion at WP:AN has placed pages related to COVID-19, broadly construed, under indefinite general sanctions, effective 20:49, 17 March 2020 (UTC).


  • A community discussion here resulted in the "Application notes" section below.


Pages with discretionary sanctions in effect can be tagged with {{Gs/talk notice|covid}} and an editnotice with {{COVID19 GS editnotice}} may be created. To alert editors of a community-authorized discretionary sanction in effect, use {{subst:Gs/alert|topic=covid}}. To inform editors of a community sanction, use {{subst:Community sanction|sanction=|rationale=|topic=covid}} and if blocks are issued, {{subst:Uw-csblock}}. All individual sanctions and page restrictions must be logged below.

  • Any uninvolved administrator may, at their own discretion, impose sanctions on any editor working in the area of conflict if, despite being warned, that editor repeatedly or seriously fails to adhere to the purpose of Wikipedia, any expected standards of behavior, or any normal editorial process.
  • The sanctions imposed may include blocks of up to one year in length, bans from editing any page or set of pages within the area of conflict, bans on any editing related to the topic or its closely related topics, restrictions on reverts or other specified behaviors; or any other measures which the imposing administrator believes are reasonably necessary to ensure the smooth functioning of the project.
  • Prior to any sanctions being imposed, the editor shall be given a warning with a link to this decision and, where appropriate, should be counseled on specific steps that he or she can take to improve their editing in accordance with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Additionally, any uninvolved administrator may impose on any page or set of pages relating to the area of conflict page protection, revert restrictions, prohibitions on the addition or removal of certain content (except when consensus for the edit exists), or any other reasonable measure that the enforcing administrator believes is necessary and proportionate for the smooth running of the project. Administrators should add an editnotice and talk page notice on restricted pages. Editors who ignore or breach page restrictions may be sanctioned by any uninvolved administrator only if the editor was warned about this decision and an editnotice describing the page restriction was placed on the restricted page.
  • Sanctions imposed may be appealed to the imposing administrator or at the appropriate administrators' noticeboard.

Application notes[edit]

Sources for any content related to medical aspects of the disease are expected to adhere to the standards laid down at WP:MEDRS. Since this is a rapidly evolving area with instances already documented of poor or fraudulent research, preprints and other non-peer-reviewed sources should not be used.

Editors are reminded that the onus is on the editor seeking to include disputed content to achieve consensus for its inclusion. Any content or source removed in good faith and citing a credible policy-based rationale should not be reinstated without prior consensus on the article's talk page.

Log of administrative actions[edit]

Log of individual sanctions[edit]

Actually, blocked for two weeks. --Yamla (talk) 22:00, 27 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. Corrected. OhanaUnitedTalk page 20:38, 28 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
User unblocked per unblock request ([1]) and promise to cease disruptive behavior. EvergreenFir (talk) 20:07, 1 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • The topic ban is modified to allow ScrupulousScribe to respond to any reports, allegations, etc raised on noticeboards such as AN, ANI, SPI. A sanctioned editor should be allowed to speak freely in response to accusations made against them, and I did not intend the topic ban to restrict that. Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 15:17, 23 January 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Unfortunately, the above proved to be unsuccessful. An indefinite broadly construed topic ban from the topic area has now been imposed on ScrupulousScribe, with an appeal recommended in no less than 6 months and contingent upon productive editing elsewhere. El_C 22:03, 31 January 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Log of page-level restrictions[edit]