[Foundation-l] About WM private policy

Liam Wyatt liamwyatt at gmail.com
Fri Dec 24 13:14:39 UTC 2010

2010/12/24 HW <waihorace at yahoo.com.hk>

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> Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2010 12:06:34 +0100
> From: Huib Laurens <sterkebak at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Fw? About WM private policy
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> The question should be: IS "EDIT" EQUAL TO "CREATE"?
> Thanks.
> HW
> The Wikimedia Foundation does not require that individuals create a user
account in order to make any kind of editing. However, the local project
community (in this discussion - English Wikipedia) decides on what can and
cannot be done without a user account. Many (most?) language editions of
Wikipedia allow anonymous users to create articles but the English Wikipedia
does not allow it. This decision on English Wikipedia was taken primarily as
a deterrence against SPAM - not taken for privacy policy reasons. Also, it
was taken by the Wikipedia community, not by the Wikimedia Foundation. This
decision could be changed in the future if the English Wikipedia community
formed consensus amongst themselves to do so.

I hope that helps,

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