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When an editor gets hit with a permaban or an indefinite block, one of the things s/he usually wonders is where things go from there. Is there any way to return to good standing? Or, are they on the outs forever?

At Scratchpad, it is possible to get out of the doghouse that is a permaban or indef block. That method is outlined here in Scratchpad’s Standard Offer.

The standard offer is not binding: It’s just a set of parameters some wikians believe in. But, it may help to achieve consensus regarding ending your permaban.

The standard offer

It’s simple:

  1. Wait SIX (6) months, without sock puppetry (if applicable).
  2. Promise to avoid the behavior that led to the block/ban.
  3. Do not create any extraordinary reasons for others to object to your return.

How does it work?

  • Contact a willing Administrator or experienced editor.
  • If they agree a review is appropriate, they’ll open a thread at Scratchpad’s Noticeboard
  • Discussion usually takes a few days.

Apologies aren’t necessary, just basic courtesy and a willingness to move forward productively.

This is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. This is not a policy, and Administrators are not required to unblock you, especially if you do not provide any reason why you should be unblocked other than your avoidance of Scratchpad for six months. You should still provide a clear reason why you should be unblocked. Banned users may request that they go through the {{2nd chance}} procedure, to show their ability to edit and improve articles according to Scratchpad’s policies.


The standard offer applies to community-based, indefinite blocks and bans in situations where things just didn’t work out: normal people, short fuses, etc. It does not extend to extremes. Generally speaking, if law enforcement could have become involved then this offer does not apply.


The six-month threshold can be adjustable under special circumstances. If an editor shows an unusually good insight into the circumstances that led to the block, and sets out a credible proposal for how they will deal with those issues in future, then a return might be considered sooner.

On the other hand, if the indefinitely blocked or banned user continues to be especially disruptive then some of us may become unwilling to consider a return for a much longer time or, quite possibly, ever.

Banned users seeking a return are well-advised to make significant and useful contributions to other Wikia projects prior to requesting a return to Scratchpad per this “offer” as many unban-requests have been declined due to the banned user simply waiting out the six months.

See also

Wikipedia This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at Wikipedia:Standard offer.
The list of authors can be seen in the page history.
As with Scratchpad, the text of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Licence.
Blocking policy