At 04:37, May 1, 2012, My account was unfairly and unjustly blocked by User:Darth Culator for the maximum duration of one month. The reason given was that I had made a personal attack, which is entirely untrue. The text in question was posted on my own personal profile, and read as follows:

  • ”I'm a 24 year old English and Theatre student. I used to have a pretty awesome fan character bio, but then policy changed so I had to delete it. I almost never make edits on Wookieepedia anymore because it's grown so disgustingly political and is run by a batch of elitist snobs who are so bound to following rules to the letter that they exhibit no apparent independent intellectual capacity or common sense, and they squash anyone who does. I usually edit anonymously now in protest and I only sign into my actual profile when I need to prove that I'm not a noob and that I do, or at least did, have at least a little bit of pull around here.”

There are no personal attacks here whatsoever. No names are given at all, so it is not directed at any one individual. I made no comments on race, gender, sexual orientation, or religious comments, used no profanity, made no threats of ‘’any’’ kind to anyone about anything, and posted no links to any material that does any of the aforementioned things. The closest I came at all to insulting anyone was to use the word “snob,” and I seriously doubt that constitutes a valid insult, particularly since it was not directed toward any specific individual. Now, under the category of “Examples that are not personal attacks” I believe my statement is completely covered under the second point “Personal attacks do not include civil language used to describe an editor's actions, and when made without involving their personal character, should not be construed as personal attacks. Stating "Your statement is a personal attack..." is not itself a personal attack — it is a statement regarding the actions of the user, not a statement about the user.” My language was not uncivil, as exemplified by my aforementioned statement. I was making a statement about Wookieepedia policy and why it displeases me, a statement that I feel Culator’s unjust block on my profile only reinforces. I logged into my profile for less than an hour last night before One of my changes was instantly reverted and I had to engage in a long and pointless debate in the talk section before I could make the minute change I wished to, and then immediately after that came Culator’s ban on my profile. Wookieepedia has become an extremely hostale, legalistic, elitist group, which is why I elected to stop making active edits several years ago. I intend to go right back into hiding after this experience, but I will not stand for this blatant abuse of administrative power. This was not, as cited, a consequence of a personal attack. This was censorship, pure and simple. I made a statement regarding my displeasure with the way this system is run, and was immediately silenced because of it. There was no warning, there was no request that I reword what I said in a more diplomatic manner, there was only an immediate strike with the full amount of administrative force against me. It is my request that, not only should my account be immediately unblocked, but that this should also be counted as a strike against Culator. This is the purest definition of abuse of administrative power I can imagine, and I’m genuinely disgusted that such power can be wielded so haphazardly without consequence. Truthfully, I do not expect either of these things to occur, given my expressed lack of faith in the integrity of this system as well as my full knowledge that Culator is a big name on this site, and likely above the law. I may even see my block turn into a full ban for continuing to voice my displeasure at the beurocracy of this website. However, I would absolutely love to be proven wrong on these points. 21:40, May 1, 2012 (UTC)

  • Boo frickety hoo. Anyone who talks like you are needs to get the hell off the internet, and possibly just retire from life itself. Attempting to claim after the fact that calling the entire userbase "elitist snobs" and saying they have "no apparent independent intellectual capacity" is anything but uncivil is disingenuous at best. The proper way to protest a system you don't like isn't to piss and moan about it and insult everyone who disagrees with you. You take it to the Senate Hall and the Consensus Track and if your ideas don't take hold, then maybe, just MAYBE, we're not the ones who are wrong. You're welcome to try that after your block expires. Trying to evade it is not going to help you. -- Darth Culator (Talk) 22:23, May 1, 2012 (UTC)
    • Okay, see, there you go proving my point. If what I said can be construed as abuse, how on earth do you justify saying I should "retire from life itself?" That IS a personal threat. That is blatant personal abuse, and yet nobody's holding you accountable. You're playing fast and loose with regulations, using the rules to shut up people you don't like, but not applying them to yourself. That's the kind of corruption I'm talking about, and you illustrate my point more beautifully every time you respond. 21:54, May 2, 2012 (UTC)
      • Good luck with your other windmills, Don, but you're done here. -- Darth Culator (Talk) 22:16, May 2, 2012 (UTC)

Non-admin observation: This is more of a general observation rather than a comment on this particular situation. I'm aware here that the official method of appealing a block on Wookieepedia is IRC, and that appeals on-wiki are considered block evasion. However, I'm wondering if we need to be more open to receiving block appeals on-wiki. Some users may be behind a firewall (corporate or school) that blocks live chat, and teenagers may have to deal with parental controls on their computer that do the same. On the off-chance that one of these users is blocked but has legitimate grounds to contest it, we need an accepted alternate method of appeal for them. Email won't work because six of our admins (Borsk Fey'lya, Enochf, LtNOWIS, Lord Hydronium, SFH, and Trak Nar) do not have email enabled. That leaves only one method, which is an on-wiki appeal. It is my understanding that the ability for blocked users to edit their own talk page was shut off due to abuse, however if that were to be turned back on, I believe that the option now exists on the block interface to disable that ability on a per-block basis. It might be worth looking into turning that feature back on and making that the standard method of appeal. —MJ— Jedi Council Chambers Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 22:38 UTC

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