The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.
Closing with the following outcomes: Open proxies will be soft-blocked upon discovery. User accounts may be shared but may not be given global permissions. Multiple accounts are allowed. Upon misuse of multiple accounts, staff may disable access to one or all accounts depending on the severity of misuse. WMF SUL account names may not be used on Miraheze unless 1) it is a common name (such as the real name of a person, group, entity, or object) that users are likely to just pick themselves. or 2) it is the same person using Miraheze and WMF sites. Whether or not WMF account names are being used for impersonation will be decided by staff on a case-by-case basis. -- Cheers, NDKilla ( Talk • Contribs ) 16:38, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
Hello, this is an RfC with multiple related proposals based on this discussion.
Please feel free to comment on proposals below, or add new ones. As usual, there is not really a minimum number of votes for RfCs to pass/fail, and it's usually the arguments taken into account not really just the number of Support's or Oppose's
Support I generally distrust open proxies, but think that users using them may be given a chance first. If there's a combination of decent use and abuse from an open proxy, the proxy should be blocked and users should be added to the global ip block exempt group. -- Cheers, NDKilla ( Talk • Contribs ) 03:42, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Support many people have good intentions, but using open proxies. H1 (talk) 06:00, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Support Open proxies don't have to be blocked immediately, but if there is a serious sign it will be misused, blocking them shouldn't be a problem. Southparkfan (talk) 16:48, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Support I prefer registered users regardless of which IP they come from, however open proxies should still be carefully monitored. LulzKiller (talk) 18:19, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Support Spammers will calmly throw away blocked accounts, create new ones, and continue spamming - blocking accounts is not an effective anti-spam measure. Blocking the open proxies that they use actually has an effect on reducing spam. --Robkelk (talk) 14:47, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
Support If you need to use an open proxy, creating an account shouldn't be a problem. Reception123 (talk) (contribs) 14:27, 11 January 2017 (UTC)
Oppose Spammers will calmly throw away blocked accounts, create new ones, and continue spamming - blocking accounts is not an effective anti-spam measure. Blocking the open proxies that they use actually has an effect on reducing spam. --Robkelk (talk) 14:50, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
Strong oppose Shared accounts should be allowed, as long as the sharing is publically declared on the global user page. Also, signatures should be different between the users to make edits easier to distinguish. --- DeltaQuad (talkcontribsemail), 17:44, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Logged actions cannot be differentiated. — revi 18:24, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
(Hypothetical) account A says 'revi sucks and he should die now' and they're blocked. Later he claims he shares account with B and the incident is B's. Still, we can't verify that. Maybe not that good example but I believe one account should be only used by one human behind the monitor. — revi 07:29, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Who talks like that? hahahaa H1 (talk) 09:24, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
That's why there is (Hypothetical) in front of the page, if you can't guess. — revi 18:25, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Strong oppose This makes it hard to reliably track contributions, and creates issues with permissions, among other things. -- Cheers, NDKilla ( Talk • Contribs ) 03:42, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Strong oppose we can't lack contrib. per above. H1 (talk) 06:11, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Strong support Yes. H1 (talk) 06:12, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Support If this won't pass, it is important to keep in mind that permissions should be revoked (due to abuse), regardless of the natural person who abused them. Southparkfan (talk) 16:48, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Strong support If for some strange reason we allow account sharing, the people who share an account with elevated permissions would have no accountability in the use of those permissions - each could claim it was (one of the) other account user(s) who used an elevated tool. Lack of accountability is a Bad Thing. --Robkelk (talk) 14:52, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
Weak oppose Any user account should be allowed to request global permissions, however more scrutiny should be given to shared accounts to make sure that all users are trustworthy. --- DeltaQuad (talkcontribsemail), 17:44, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Because I believe Proposal 2 must not pass. — revi 18:26, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
When it comes to any kind of discussion or vote where community consensus is supposed to be determined, shared accounts or multiple accounts may be used to comment, but only one vote per IP address will count. (Whether or not any of the above pass.)
Neutral - I'm against the idea of performing a CheckUser on all voters, but I'm not against an idea to prevent abuse from multiple accounts (using the same IP address). Southparkfan (talk) 15:09, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
Oppose What if users open proxy. Use of multiple accounts but different people. H1 (talk) 09:27, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Strong oppose Ensuring that there is only one vote per IP address would require multiple frequent CheckUsers for registered users. Privacy alert! --- DeltaQuad (talkcontribsemail), 17:44, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
IP can be shared. Only one human being in charge of an account can ensure only one person can vote. — revi 18:27, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Oppose For the same reasons as DeltaQuad. --Robkelk (talk) 14:56, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
Support per revi's comments on linked discussion. -- Cheers, NDKilla ( Talk • Contribs ) 03:42, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
My account (Revi) has extremely powerful permissions (sysadmin and admin@meta) and sometimes I believe even 2FA is not enough on some places. (And until late 2016 there was no 2FA) So I use Revi-alt for that purpose (logging in on unsecure environment). I also have a bot, but it's not working due to technical problems (and it's low priority). Use cases like this might be acceptable but I believe obvious socking is socking. (Note that this is pasted comment) — revi 07:32, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Weak support I see no need for one person to have multiple accounts. Also, if someone with elevated rights has multiple accounts, that person's transparency in dealing with ordinary editors is reduced. (Not everyone knows of the existence of the global user page, let alone reads it.) And, as NDKilla has already pointed out elsewhere in this RfC, this would make it difficult to track contributions reliably. --Robkelk (talk) 14:46, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
Multiple accounts may be individually blocked, or all accounts but the main one blocked upon misuse, depending on the pattern of misuse and how distributed it is. Bot accounts are considered separately in this policy, and may be maintained in addition to a main account unless they are also misused.
Multiple accounts are allowed under all circumstances, and none of them will ever be blocked and/or locked unless CheckUser data confirms abuse. However, alternate account must be disclosed on the global user page at the least, and preferably each individual local user page as well.
Comment: I think the users should be allowed to do this only if they clarify that they are not the user from WMF when asked or even better mention it on their userpage. Reception123 (talk) (contribs) 14:33, 11 January 2017 (UTC)
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