On 05/05/06, geni <geniice(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 5/5/06, Craig Whitford
Perhaps Wikipedia should have some new policies
to deal with vote stacking??
I could do checkuser if anyone wants, I'm a network admin so could probably learn it
We already have enough policies for dealing with the abuse of sockpupets.
It would take the workload off admins/current
People tend to be slightly paranoid about giving people acess to checkuser.
It's not paranoia, it's common sense. While there are all sorts of
arguments about whether or not an IP address is private information or
how useful it is to a would-be attacker or whoever, the fact remains
that the Foundation is obliged to retain this information as it agrees
to in the current policies.
Granting access to utilities which make this sort of information
available is going to be done under strict controls because of the
sheer nature of it.
A certain level of competence *is* required to use the tool, and
misinterpreting the information could lead to someone being banned
from Wikipedia for a long period of time, or an indefinite time. While
I've no wish to cast dispersion on the offer or the qualifications
behind it, one has to see that it is a matter of trust and common
sense; this is the reason our CheckUsers are all users who have
demonstrated common sense, competence, and good faith over time.