As has been explained multiple times in multiple places, the WMF have been advised, for very good legal reasons, not to give details.

"Believe it or not, there's a sensible reason behind our refusal to comment: we can execute global bans for a wide variety of things (see the Terms of Use for some examples - and no, "provoking Jimbo" is not on the list), some of which - including child protection issues - could be quite dangerous to openly divulge. Let's say we execute five global bans, and tell you the reason behind four of them. Well, the remaining one is pretty clearly for something "really bad", and open knowledge of that could endanger the user, their family, any potential law enforcement case, and could result in a quite real miscarriage of justice and/or someone being placed in real physical danger. So no, we - as with most internet companies - have a very strict policy that we do not comment publicly on the reason for global bans. It's a common sense policy and one that's followed by - and insisted upon - by almost every reasonable, responsible company that executes this type of action. Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 04:40, 18 January 2015 (UTC)"



On Tue, 20 Jan 2015, rubin.happy wrote:

Bans without explanations are certainly not acceptible.


2015-01-20 14:18 GMT+03:00 Ricordisamoa <>:

It is now clear that the superprotect affair was only a preliminary move.
Now they hide themselves behind a collective account <> issuing batches of global
locks <;
type=globalauth&user=WMFOffice&year=2015&month=1> and writing boilerplate
replies <
As with the superprotect, the how is to blame, not the what. Note that I
do not object global locks at all.
What I object is the lack of a published reason for them, and the
community interaction that Lila called so deeply for.
They can play with the Terms Of Use, protecting any page on any project
and global-locking any account "to protect the integrity and safety of the
site and users", actually at their sole discretion.
The breach of trust is complete now. The only thing that may stop me from
leaving the projects for good is my loyalty to the volunteer community.
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