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A sanity block is a block administered to ensure that RWians cool down and remain sane. Ideally, it should prevent Headless Chicken Mode. During a sanity block, all users involved in a heated discussion are blocked. Other users who are active at the time may also be blocked, to prevent them being drawn into the argument. Sanity blocks are slightly controversial as they prevent issues being resolved. Editors may not know that a whole group has been blocked. Individuals may feel that they have been singled out. Lesser writers will write in brief, assumptive sentences to try to hammer home their point without actually stating it. Unfortunately, as most RWians are sysops, this isn't as effective as it used to be. In addition, Sanity blocks are simply likely to make one angrier.

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