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IP information stored.. how long?
- Editors who are not logged inn: IP addresses are retained indefinitely and published.
- Readers: IP addresses may be retained indefinitely (in server logs) but not published.
- Editors who are logged in: IP addresses are are retained for a limited but unspecified period of time, and not published.
- I find it a bit peculiar that readers have less privacy than (registered) editors. Besides, even Google hashes IP addresses after a specified period of time (and one would think Wikipedia searches is no less sensitive than Google searches). 188.8.131.52 21:06, 6 April 2012 (UTC)
- Disclosing exactly how long the WMF keeps IP data on registered editors for would make it easier for sockpuppeteers to evade the checkusers, so there is a good reason for not being too public here. However I'm pretty sure that the wording needs amendment as I'm reasonably confident that data is kept for much longer when it involves certain longterm banned users. WereSpielChequers (talk) 20:54, 11 May 2012 (UTC)
- To the best of my knowledge, reader data is only kept for a couple of weeks. Data specific to logged-in editors is kept 3 months. Data specific to abusive editors may be retained for a longer period, and is linked to how long that person remains an abusive editor; it is not stored on the server logs, however. Risker (talk) 20:59, 11 May 2012 (UTC)
"If one saves a user name or password in one's browser, that information will be saved for up to 30 days, and this information will be resent to the server on every visit to the same Project." This sentence is incorrect now that the expiry has been changed to 180 days as part of the MediaWiki 1.19 deployment. PleaseStand (talk) 21:42, 6 March 2012 (UTC)
help me please
i have old account .. but now i forgot password ..
and my email . not received any message from " wiki ... " help me please >.. my old account is " w.halawani " —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 184.108.40.206 (talk • contribs) 15:48, 22 April 2012 (UTC)
It should be noted that even on IRC channels that do not allow for logs to be published, that they occasionally are published, and that the WMF has neither the legal right nor the responsibility to chase after the people that have done so. This is also Sven Manguard (talk) 19:08, 26 June 2012 (UTC)
Display different template depending on country?
IP addresses associated with user feedback
- See also [wikitech-l] Anonymous user id on Wikipedia?
The sites set a temporary session cookie on a visitor's computer whenever a Project page is visited. Readers who do not intend to log in or edit may deny this cookie; it will be deleted at the end of the browser's session. More cookies may be set when one logs in to maintain logged-in status. If one saves a user name or password in one's browser, that information will be saved for up to 30 days, and this information will be resent to the server on every visit to the same Project. Contributors using a public machine who do not wish to show their username to future users of the machine should clear these cookies after use.
This is confusing. There are two different things could be meant by this paragraph
- If you save your name and password in your browser it is saved until it is deleted
- When you log in you have a check box which will save your login for "up to 180 days"
30 days doesn't enter into it, though 180 days is wildly optimistic (I have had to log in thirce today alone).