Wikipedia:Anything to declare?
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Some users declare their alternate accounts openly. These are used within policy, and for completely legitimate reasons, not abusively, not to gain the upper hand in disputes etc.
There are completely legitimate reasons to have alternate accounts, such as:
- An account for editing at public terminals/wireless access points (usually for security purposes)
- Editing controversial subjects (e.g. Asperger's Syndrome, Down's syndrome, Paedophilia)
- Mass image uploads (not the same thing as a bot account)
- For Foundation-related work (examples include User:Philippe (WMF) and User:Jalexander-WMF)
It is much better to declare if you have alternate accounts, e.g. for Wikipedia:Requests for adminship and the Arbitration Committee elections.