When a user is blocked, they are unable to make any contributions to the Infamous Wiki completely. They can still view pages, but they cannot edit pages, talk pages, log in, or create a new account. Blocking is done to maintain the smooth function of the wiki and is used as a preventative action against vandals and violation of wiki etiquette.
An anonymous IP or registered user can only be blocked by an administrator. A block can last for different periods of time depending on the infractions.
Vandalism is the most common cause for blocking on the Infamous Wiki. Vandalism is any addition, deletion, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the wiki. The most common type of vandalism is the replacement of existing text with obscenities, page blanking, or the insertion of bad jokes and other nonsense. Fortunately, this kind of vandalism is usually easy to spot. Vandalism also includes adding spam links to pages, removing content from pages, and deliberately falsifying information on the page by changing dates, names, or other information.
Note that for something to be considered vandalism, it must be done in "bad faith." Though the Internet makes it difficult to determine a person's intentions, problems such as those listed above are obviously always done in bad faith for whatever reason. Other problems, such as users testing their abilities to edit, making accidental mistakes, and learning wiki markup, are less clear cut—they can easily be attributed to a new user with good intentions who just does not know how the wiki works. In this instance, admins should instead kindly inform that user of how to properly use editing tools to help them avoid future errors.
There is no warning required for vandalism. Vandals are usually blocked on the spot. The time ranges a minimum of one month and up to a year, depending on the extent of the vandalism attributed to that user.
The Infamous Wiki is only for Infamous canon. Fan-fiction refers to any content that was not officially sanctioned by Sucker Punch Productions or its affiliates and is thus not canon. Contributing fan-fiction, whether it is well-known or from one person, is unacceptable on the wiki.
Contributing persistent fan-fiction is different from vandalism in several ways. First, it is not necessarily done in "bad faith," and so contributors found doing this should not instantly be blocked after their first offense. Second, persistent contributors will receive two warnings of some kind from an administrator. This way, the user will have the opportunity to present their sources and correct any mistakes. If the user continues to contribute fan-fiction after the second warning, the contributions are considered deleterious to the wiki, and the user will receive a block.
Blocking for this infraction is done in the judgment of an administrator. Blocking times vary depending on the situation but most often vary from three weeks up to three months.
Pages or content that have no relation at all to the Infamous universe create problems for the community. Any user responsible for creating such content should be warned about their actions; note that sometimes information can be indirectly related to Infamous, therefore a page that contains such information may not be as pointless as it initially seems.
Repeated creation of non-universe content will result in a block that ranges from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the extent of the infraction.
Administrators of the Infamous Wiki have made it clear that harassment and personal attacks are not tolerated. The wiki must have a positive atmosphere so that users can contribute and cooperate in a constructive manner. Harassment and personal attacks not only drive away potential users but also damage the wiki itself by making it a less people-friendly place.
Harassment is a serious infraction on the Infamous Wiki. Refrain from making personal attacks on another user, even when confronting them about the issues stated above. Users who are caught harassing or attacking others will be banned for an extended period of time, ranging from a month to a year to an indefinite ban.
How to handle these issues
It is easy for the standard user to revert vandalism or nominate a page for deletion, but it is best to contact an administrator about any issues with other users or their contributions. A list of the wiki administrators can be found on the Administrators page.