1.3.3. Rules for “blocking” users

1.3.3.1. Situations that can lead to blocking a user

“Blocking” a user is an exceptional measure that is primarily taken in cases where the user purposefully introduces mistakes in the data ("vandalizes" it).

If a user is blocked, the moderator is required to write clear and accurate comments that explains the reason for blocking the user.

These comments will appear in the user's profile and be visible to all users.

A user is blocked for the following reasons:

  • Systematic violation of the Rules: making errors repeatedly (whether of the same type or different types). This may be accompanied by a disregard for remarks.

  • Ignoring remarks: no reaction to remarks and requests made in private messages.

    It's important to distinguish between a user who doesn't notice comments because they haven't figured out everything about the service yet and a user who intentionally ignores comments (for example, if a user corrected map items based on recommendations in earlier comments, but is not doing so now).

  • Vandalism.

    • Open vandalism: the deliberate wrecking of map items (i.e. making obviously incorrect changes to names, attributes, shapes, etc.).

      Note.

      Drawing map items that don't exist in remote map zones for the purpose of training novices without ruining existing items. This is an infringement of the Rules, but is not considered vandalism.

    • Hidden vandalism: deliberately creating map items (or names, attributes, shapes), that don't exist in reality.

      Note. It's difficult to distinguish this behavior from that of users who create and edit actual map items with attributes that can be confirmed using data from open sources.
  • Use of profanity (in usernames, profile information, comments, etc.).

    This includes obscenities where part of the letters are replaced by stars or other symbols, yet the intended meaning is read and understood by native speakers.

  • The use of statements (in usernames, profile information, comments, or map item descriptions/comments) that incite violence or promote hostility, or disparage a person or group based on their gender, race, nationality, language, origin, religious beliefs, or membership in a particular social group.

1.3.3.2. How long users can be blocked

Attention. Users can only be “blocked” in the cases described earlier in section 1.3.3.1. Situations that can lead to blocking a user

Users can be blocked for:

  1. Up to three days: for any of the violations from the list (except as specified below). The moderator will determine the actual length of time the user will be blocked based on how serious the offense was.

  2. Up to seven days: in case of repeated and serious infringement of the Rules.

  3. Forever:

    • In cases of clear vandalism: from the first infringement

    • If the user continues to infringe on the rules after they have been blocked two or more times

    • If the blocked user logs in to another account and the moderator is certain that the account belongs to the blocked user.