Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Admins and patrollers/abusive Usernames in the blocklog

abusive Usernames in the blocklog

  • Problem: Usernames are always saved in the blocklog and other logs, some usernames should not be visible in the log. Logs must all be deleted individually.
  • Who would benefit: Sysops
  • Proposed solution: On the page "Special:block" the possibility to hide / suppress (for Oversighters) the username in all logs.
  • More comments:
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: 𝐖𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐁𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 👤💬 19:45, 16 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • There's multiple variants that could be explored here such as suppressing the username in rollbacks, log entries, etc. That being said, I hope this would continue to remain an oversight-only function since hideuser is generally restricted to oversighters. --Rschen7754 01:18, 17 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
By hide, I mean the same effect as log deletion. And suppression should of course continue to be carried out by Oversigthers.--𝐖𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐁𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 👤💬 08:21, 17 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Three months ago I assessed the presence of just two offensive usernames on en-wiki with a view to collating them for mass-deletion/hiding. The task is huge: I found over 180 blocked account names beginning with the highly objectionable term 'Nigger...', and a further 169 blocked accounts starting with the similarly offensive 'Cunt...'. There are many, many more. Nick Moyes (talk) 17:25, 17 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Phabricator has an old ticket about this: phab:T23097. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 19:22, 17 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • This is a good idea for user names which are clearly obscene. This should be a Bureaucrat Steward level privilege. Probably replace obscene username with something like "User:BLOCKED123ABC" or something like that. Cocoaguytalkcontribs 16:49, 18 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Good idea indeed as RDing logs can be painful. @Cocoaguy: Why crat? Firstly, crat cannot rename already, that needs a Global Renamer or Steward, in addition, blocked users are typically not allowed renames. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 16:57, 18 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Funny I actually was originally going to write Steward but changed my mind for some reason. But doesn't there need to be some placeholder at least for the bolcked user, and to prevent someone else from trying to create an account with the same name. Cocoaguytalkcontribs 18:06, 18 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      No. When hiding the username we don't move the username, the username is still there, but just not visible to non-admins. So there isn't a need for a rename, neither the need for placeholder. @Cocoaguy Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 16:42, 19 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I think there was a request in Phabricator to split the Hideuser function into an admin-level function (basically vanilla block+revdel of the username) and an oversighter-level function (like current Hideuser). I see MarcoAurelio linked it above. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 08:49, 23 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]