[Foundation-l] Wikipedia tracks user behaviour via third party companies #2

Alex mrzmanwiki at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 19:44:49 UTC 2009

effe iets anders wrote:
> 2009/6/5 Peter Gervai <grinapo at gmail.com>
>> <snip>
>> The stats (which have, by surprise, a dedicated domain under th hu
>> wikipedia domain) runs on a dedicated server, with nothing else on it.
>> Its sole purpose to gather and publish the stats. Basically nobody
>> have permission to log in the servers but me, and I since I happen to
>> be checkuser as well it wouldn't even be ntertaining to read it, even
>> if it wasn't big enough making this useless. I happen to be the one
>> who have created the Hungarian checkuser policy, which is, as far as I
>> know, the strictest one in WMF projects, and it's no joke, and I
>> intend to follow it. (And those who are unfamiliar with me, I happen
>> to be the founder of huwp as well, apart from my job in computer
>> security.)
>> <snip>
> Just a remark on the checkuser argument. Checkuser actions and checks are
> logged, and can be double checked by other checkusers and stewards. This
> server can not. I can imagine that this would pose a problem.

Checkuser also only stores the data for a known period of time (3
months) and, with the fairly recent exception of user->user email, only
records actions that are publicly logged by MediaWiki (edits and other
logged actions), not individual pageviews.

Alex (wikipedia:en:User:Mr.Z-man)

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