[Wikimedia-l] Thanking anonymous users

Tim Starling tstarling at wikimedia.org
Mon Jan 13 23:05:51 UTC 2014

On 14/01/14 00:18, Marc A. Pelletier wrote:
> On 01/13/2014 12:19 AM, Tim Starling wrote:
>> Not as fast as revisions, and we seem to cope with those.
> Fair enough.
> So you'd implicitly create the user, track it by cookie?  With some well
> designed UX this'd work well and hide IPs entirely (and allow users that
> do create an account to retroactively rename their contribs).


> Wouldn't that affect caching though?

Not very much. We already give anonymous users a session cookie on
edit, which suppresses the frontend cache, the primary reason being
(drumroll) user talk page message notification. So the impact would be
that the cache-suppressing cookie would have a longer expiry time.

-- Tim Starling

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