Lfaraone, you're an English Wikipedia arbitrator only as far as I know. What 
gives you the authority or expertise to make assertions about the legal 
implications of WMF terms of use violations?

Are you a WMF employee?

Are you a lawyer?

Trillium Corsage

20.01.2015, 04:19, "LFaraone" <wikipe...@luke.wf>:
> MZMcBride <z <at> mzmcbride.com> writes:
>>  I'm not sure if wiki bans strictly fall within security
>>  theater, but it seems fairly clear that these bans are for show and not
>>  much else. It's the Internet, after all, and anyone can edit. Under the
>>  current scheme, the best we can do is try to revert and prevent bad
>>  behavior alone. Attempting to ban individuals has proved impossible.
>
> Users banned by the Wikimedia Foundation who continue to edit in violation of
> their ban may be placing themselves in possibly legally unfortunate
> situations, per ToU §12[1].
>
> A Foundation ban would almost certainly be viewed as a stronger demand to
> desist than bans imposed by the community.
>
> Regardless, the WMF is often better-positioned than the community to
> investigate certain types of issues, and as such it would make sense that
> they would be the entity to take the aforementioned action. The logic
> presented above, when taken to its logical conclusion, seems to be "why
> bother banning ANYONE, ever, since they can just sock?".
>
> [1]: https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Terms_of_Use#12._Termination
>
>   -- LFaraone
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