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Wikipedia is a website which hosts an encyclopedia composed of user contributed information. Its software system, MediaWiki, is freely available for download, and is used on sites such as BoyWiki.

Spam blacklist

Wikipedia's spam blacklist contains the following:[1]

\bboychat\.org\b
\bannabelleigh\.net\b
\bnambla\.org\b

BoyChat has been on the English Wikipedia's blacklist since 2010, when Fox News reported there were a grand total of 12 external links to BoyChat. This number was confirmed by the Wikipedians; they also confirmed "All of the links appear in old talk archives or from project page discussions."

Deletion practices

Wikipedia has been known to delete boylove-related articles; at least one such deletion was sufficiently controversial to draw the attention of cryptome, a site dedicated to archiving banned or censored information. Deleted articles include the original Justin Berry article submitted by Rookiee; other deleted articles include an explanation of the etymology and significance of bibcam, a term denoting self-made movies of masturbating boys.BC:1006653

Child protection policy

The English Wikipedia enacted, at the behest of Jimbo Wales,[2] a child protection policy that states "Wikipedia regards the safety of children using the site as a key issue. Editors who attempt to use Wikipedia to pursue or facilitate inappropriate adult–child relationships, who advocate inappropriate adult–child relationships on- or off-wiki (e.g. by expressing the view that inappropriate relationships are not harmful to children), or who identify themselves as pedophiles, will be blocked indefinitely."

The first version of that policy was added by MZMcBride on 27 April 2010.[3] On 4 April 2013, Alison added the language stating that off-wiki advocacy would merit an indefinite block.[4][5] It would seem that the impetus for this change was the thread at Project:Administrators'_noticeboard/IncidentArchive791#Unblock_the_blocked_user.

The English Wikipedia Arbitration Committee enforces the child protection policy by having users indefinitely blocked. On-wiki discussion of these blocks is prohibited per ArbCom instructions that all discussion concerning these matters take place by the non-public ArbCom email list.

Other Wikimedia wikis, such as Commons and the English Wikiversity, have similar proposed child protection policies, but none of them have been formally enacted. However, sysops on those wikis typically block perceived pedophile activists as though the policy were in effect. Meta-Wiki also has a proposed global child protection policy. While that proposal does not specifically call for a global lock of violators from all Wikimedia projects, some users have been globally locked for their on- or off-wiki child sexual liberationist activism.

Checkuser

Checkuser, an extension that allows a user (with the checkuser permission) to check which IPs are used by a given username and which usernames are used by a given IP, is one of the main tools used on Wikipedia in identifying banned users who return under sockpuppet accounts. The standard of evidence required to justify running a checkuser is reasonable suspicion.[6] As of 2015, the two users who most aggressively investigated possible banned users returning to Wikipedia and editing in the area of pedophilia were Flyer22 and Alison. The two operate as an informal team, with Flyer22, as Wikipedia's most active editor in the area of pedophilia topics, reporting suspicious activity to Alison, and Alison running checkusers (sometimes based on scant evidence) and blocking the accounts.

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