[Wikipedia-l] Re: Expanding CheckUser permissions

David Gerard fun at thingy.apana.org.au
Tue Apr 12 23:49:07 UTC 2005

Tim Starling (t.starling at physics.unimelb.edu.au) [050413 05:49]:

> People who've asked me for sock puppet checks in the past probably know
> that I'm much more permissive than this. My personal guidelines have been:
> 1. Only research bad people. The first thing I do when I get a request
> is to look up the user's contributions and make sure that they have
> indeed been vandalising. The privacy of good users should be sacrosanct,
> even if they are using sock puppets. (The exception to this is RFA)
> 2. Do not give away IP addresses unless it's necessary. In 90% of cases
> I interpret the IP evidence myself and give the requester a statement
> such as "yes they are probably the same person" or "they share the same
> ISP".

Please do add the text of this message to [[m:CheckUser]].

- d.

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