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mbz1
I believed that simple user name blocks are imposed by a single admin action, but
this user page has two templates on it:

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This user has been blocked indefinitely from editing Wikipedia, per ruling of administrators, Jimbo Wales and/or the Arbitration Committee. See block log.
(toolbox: contributions • page moves • current autoblocks)


and

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This user was NOT blocked for vandalism, joking, or 'poking fun at Wikipedia'. This user was banned for violation of Wikipedia's Username policies which state that "Names of well-known living or recently deceased people" are inappropriate and should be indefinitely blocked until confirming evidence (in this case, from Stephen Colbert or Comedy Central) shows that this is, in fact, Stephen Colbert. Although Mr. Colbert 'made the edits on national television', he was also joking and it is not at all certain if he was in fact the person who made the edits attributed to this account. Until the blocking administrator (Tawker) receives word from Stephen Colbert or Comedy Central that this is Mr. Colbert, this account will remain blocked.



It is strange. The account is blocked in 2006 apparently per govcom ruling , and then three years later a new template is added with the first one left in the place. confused.gif

If Mr. Colbert was blocked for using his real name, shouldn't he be unbanned then?
He did say here that he was the one to hold the account, did he not?
Rhindle
I guess you've never heard of "wikiality." tongue.gif
mbz1
QUOTE(Rhindle @ Tue 6th March 2012, 6:16pm) *

I guess you've never heard of "wikiality." tongue.gif

Could you please explain this term to me in a simple English? Thanks.
Rhindle
QUOTE(mbz1 @ Tue 6th March 2012, 10:21am) *

QUOTE(Rhindle @ Tue 6th March 2012, 6:16pm) *

I guess you've never heard of "wikiality." tongue.gif

Could you please explain this term to me in a simple English? Thanks.




It is a word created by comedian Stephen Colbert about how, in wikipedia, that if enough people believe something is true, it must be true. He was mocking the idea in wikipedia of consensus. In other words, even if something isn't true, having enough people agree that it's true makes it true anyway.

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