Meta:CheckUser policy

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This is a policy draft and is not yet in effect.

CheckUser is a tool that can be used by editors with the checkuser permission to check the IP addresses of registered wiki accounts.

Applications[edit source]

Checkuser has three major applications:

  • Finding a range of IP addresses that are disrupting, so that the range can be blocked.
  • Finding which IP address a disrupting account uses, for the purposes of blocking it effectively.
  • Finding which users share a common IP address, for looking into abuse of multiple accounts.

Under no circumstances is the CheckUser tool to be used in any other fashion, and especially not by a curious checkuser who wants to know a user's IP address.

Disclosure of non-public information[edit source]

CheckUser must be used in accordance with Weird Gloop's privacy policy, which generally prohibits disclosure of non-public, personally-identifiable information, without user consent. Unless someone is seriously disrupting the wiki, and revealing information about them is necessary to stop the disruption, it is a violation of the privacy policy to reveal their IP address, whereabouts, or other information sufficient to identify them, unless they have already revealed this information themselves on the project.

Even if the user is acting abusively, it's best not to reveal personal information if possible. Do not reveal exact IP addresses to a wide audience. When in doubt, provide the least amount of possible information, or contact the Weird Gloop system administrators for guidance.

Access to CheckUser[edit source]

Only Weird Gloop system administrators and a small number of local administrators are allowed access to CheckUser. Local CheckUsers can be appointed through consensus by the local community.

All CheckUsers must be at least 18 years of age, and sign a confidentiality agreement pursuant to the access to non-public personal data policy.

Any user account with CheckUser status that is inactive for more than six months will have their CheckUser access removed. In case of abuse of the tool, users with the CheckUser privilege will immediately have their access removed. In particular, this will happen if checks are repeatedly performed on editors without a legitimate reason to do so.

Local CheckUser policies[edit source]

Local wikis may adopt their own CheckUser policies. These policies must:

  • Link back to this meta policy.
  • Be at least as strict as this meta policy.
  • List the current local CheckUsers.

The following wikis have CheckUser policies:

Current CheckUsers[edit source]

Everywhere

The following users have global access to CheckUser by virtue of their system administration work for Weird Gloop:

RuneScape Wiki
Old School RuneScape Wiki
RuneScape Classic Wiki
PT-BR RuneScape Wiki