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IP blocking (fwd)
Re the e-mail below: I just noticed that the following line appears in
the Recent Changes log:

(diff) Wikipedia:Blocked IPs; 22:24 (1 change) . . . Larry_Sanger M [IP
was blocked by Larry_Sanger]

I'd rather not have the log entry there. This represents a significant
change in the functionality of the software; frankly, this doesn't need to
be made so public. I don't think it should be shouted from the rooftops
that I've blocked an IP. If someone wants to know what IPs I've blocked,
that's fair enough--I don't want it *hidden* from anyone--they could visit
a page to find that out. I just don't want the eedjits constantly getting
into a dither about who I'm blocking and why. And they will be, if we log
this. This hasn't been a problem so far; there's no reason for it to be
made one.

Also, please notice that I haven't got a clue as to how the above
happened. I simply went to [[special:blockIP]] (WITHOUT any
"&target=..."), it seems, and the above log entry was created.

Now, when I go to [[Wikipedia:Blocked IPs]], I see the following entry:

(1014704640) : IP was blocked by Larry_Sanger

Did I just block someone's IP address unwittingly??? I hope not. Can you
please check? (I don't know how.)


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 22:25:50 -0800 (PST)
From: Larry Sanger <>
To: Magnus Manske <>
Subject: IP blocking

Hi Magnus,

I found a link to "block this IP" on after but not after any other IP numbers. Is that how it's supposed
to work? How IS it supposed to work? What will happen if I press the
"Block this IP" button?