Stargate Wiki:Check user
|This page is an official policy of Semantic Stargate Wiki.|
This policy is considered by the community and its leadership to be the status quo of Semantic Stargate Wiki and is not to be countermanded or ignored, though changes to it can be discussed on the appropriate talk page.
Check user is a user privilege assigned to users which allows them the ability to check the IP (Internet protocol) address of any user account. Users with Checkuser privilege are trusted members as they have access to private confidential information that would otherwise might compromise a user's ability to keep anonymity.
Checkusers can see if there are people running two usernames under the same IP. Often this involves the detection of users who have created a new account after being blocked or banned from editing Stargate Wiki in the past. In the case of Requests for Adminship and similar votes to change user status, the checkuser tool may be used by bureaucrats to detect "sock puppets" (users who create multiple user accounts in attempt to "stuff" a ballot box in a vote or sway other consensus).
Use of IP Addresses
Checkusers will never release a user's IP address to anyone, except to specific authorities (such as an Internet Service Provider or law enforcement) that ask for the information. By law, if a valid request is received, Semantic Stargate Wiki bureaucrats are obligated to release the information. Depending on the circumstances, we may or may not be able to tell the user of this request.
|This page uses some contents from Battlestar Wiki. The original article has been written in Battlestar Wiki:Check user. The revision history can be seen in the Revision history page. Battlestar Wiki text is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0). If you want to reuse it you have to distribute it under the same license.|