Wikipedia:Anonymity

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Some of Wikipedia's pages on anonymity:

General links:

Rules[edit]

Privacy policy[edit]

See Wikipedia:Privacy policy, Wikipedia talk:Privacy policy, and m:Talk:Privacy policy

This is "an official policy approved by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. This policy may not be circumvented, eroded, or ignored on local Wikimedia projects."

Summary: If you only read the Wikimedia project websites, no more information is collected than is typically collected in server logs by web sites in general. If you contribute to the Wikimedia projects, you are publishing every word you post publicly. If you write something, assume that it will be retained forever. This includes articles, user pages and talk pages. Some limited exceptions are described in the main policy.

Blacklists[edit]

Currently, people using open proxies or otherwise on the SORBS blacklist can't create accounts or log in.

Checkuser Policy[edit]

See also: Editor's index: privacy

Guidelines[edit]

See for instance these guidelines:

Essays[edit]

Rejected guidelines[edit]

Historical use of shared accounts[edit]

At some point in 2003, there were role accounts on en:wp and on fr:wp. They are currently (as of late 2005) considered harmful.

Technical implementations[edit]

  • Bugzilla #550 – blocking IPs without affecting formerly-created accounts (long discussion; should be combined with a throttle on # of account creations per IP per [day])